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Language Courses Abroad

Projects Abroad offers the choice of two types of language course:

Our language courses offer one-to-one or small-group language lessons and daily opportunities for practice. They are perfect for anyone looking to learn a major international language like Spanish, French or Mandarin, or those interested in learning more of a local language in a country where you may be planning to spend several months volunteering. In total, we offer courses in over 15 different languages in more than 20 destinations!

With help from our language teachers, you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills with ease. You may surprise yourself with how quick and easy learning a foreign language can be when you are immersed in it overseas! We will tailor the course to your needs by speaking to you personally and adapt the course to how you like to learn.

Language Courses available as follows:

International languages
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Arabic – Morocco

Morocco is a safe and moderate North-African country that offers a fascinating first taste of the African continent. It also gives you the ideal opportunity to learn more about the Arabic and Islamic world. Arabic is the official language of Morocco and is therefore widely spoken.

You can learn Arabic in Morocco with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Arabic language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Morocco. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Morocco Language Course prices

While taking part in the Arabic Language Project you’ll be living in Rabat, an ancient but cosmopolitan city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Rabat is the political and business capital of the country.

The Arabic classes are run by a qualified language tutor with the pace carefully tailored to suit your needs. Depending on when you arrive you may have the classes alone with the teacher or be in a small group with two or three other volunteers. You will be living with an Arabic-speaking Moroccan host family, who will encourage you to practise the language at home, while you experience their culture, community and customs.

After completing your Language Course Project you could then choose to volunteer on a Teaching or Care project in Morocco, and put your newly acquired language skills to use in a practical working environment

Chinese (Mandarin) - China

Mandarin Chinese is the most popular spoken language in the world! Projects Abroad offers Mandarin Chinese language courses in both Shanghai and Chengdu. English is widely spoken in both cities; however by learning some Mandarin you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Chinese culture. Making an effort to speak the local language will be greatly appreciated.

You can learn Mandarin in China with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Chinese language course with any other Projects Abroad placement. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the China Language Course prices

Lessons will take place at a local language centre with a qualified language teacher. Projects Abroad Language School courses are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted based on what aspects of Chinese most interest you (e.g. travel, business, literature). We aim to make sure that you are taught in the best way for you personally and that your immersion is really relevant to your interests.

Depending on your level of skill and when you travel to China, you may have your classes alone with the teacher or be in a small group with two or three others. Whether you are a complete beginner or have been learning Chinese for many years, being immersed in the language every day will help your skills progress quickly. You will soon amaze your Chinese friends.

After completing your Language Course Project you could then choose to volunteer on a Business or Journalism project in China, and put your newly acquired language skills to use in a practical working environment.

French – Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Togo

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the French language and fascinating African cultures on one of our French Language courses in Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal or Togo.

You can take part in Projects Abroad intensive language courses in Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal or Togo, which last from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your French language course with any other Projects Abroad placement. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view French Language Course prices in MadagascarMorocco, Senegal or Togo

To ensure your Projects Abroad Language course is tailored precisely to your needs we will ask you before your arrival what areas interest you (travel, business, literature) and find out if you prefer to focus on speaking the language or grammar etc. By doing this we can make sure you are taught in the best way for you and make sure that your immersion is relevant to your interests.

Depending on your skills and when you travel with us, you may have your classes alone with the teacher or be in a small group with two or three others. You will also be living with a French-speaking host family who will encourage you to practise the language every day, while you experience their culture, community and customs.

French Language Courses in Madagascar

French is one of the official languages of Madagascar, so a basic knowledge of it will always be useful when chatting to your host family or interacting with the locals in the lovely town of Moramanga.

French Language Courses in Morocco

While in Morocco you will be based in the cosmopolitan city of Rabat. Although Arabic is the official language in Morocco, Rabat’s focus on politics and business means that French is culturally very important and widely spoken. French will usually be the main language that you use to communicate with your host family, at a placement or in the street going about your daily life.

French Language Courses in Senegal

French is the official language of Senegal, although for most Senegalese people in St Louis their mother tongue is the tribal language of Wolof. However, to buy items in a shop, chat with your placement supervisor or joke with your host-family, French is perfect.

French Language Courses in Togo

Although Togo gained independence from France in 1960, French still remains the official language of this West African nation and French will be your main language of communication with the Togolese people. Numerous tribal languages are spoken throughout the country with Eve being the main language used in Lomé alongside French. Lomé is also home to a lively French Cultural Centre, which shows francophone films and hosts regular live music events

Spanish – Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru

Immerse yourself in Spanish and the fascinating Latin American culture on one of our language courses in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico or Peru.

The courses are tailored to suit your ability. Whether you are a complete beginner or have been learning Spanish for several years, being surrounded by the language every day will help your skills progress in leaps and bounds.

You can learn Spanish with Projects Abroad. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Spanish language course with another Projects Abroad placement. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view Spanish Language Course prices in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico or Peru

Your Projects Abroad Language course is tailored to your needs by discussing your preferences and interests before you arrive. By doing this we ensure that you are taught in the best way for you and to help you immerse yourself in the local community.

The Spanish classes are run by qualified language tutors and you may have your classes alone or be in a small group with two or three other volunteers. You will also be living with a Spanish speaking host family who will encourage you to practise the language daily, while you experience their culture, community and customs.

Spanish Language Courses in South America

You may choose to learn Spanish in Argentina, in the beautiful city of Cordoba. Cordoba is an excellent base where you can easily visit nearby attractions like Che Guevara’s house, the Pan de Azucar Mountain and many national parks.

Or you could give Spanish in Bolivia a try. Here volunteers are based in the vibrant university city of Cochabamba, which has an enviable spring climate all the year round.

Alternatively you might like to learn Spanish on a Language course in Peru in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Living here provides a great insight into Peruvian culture. You will be based in one of several towns in the Sacred Valley or in the city of Cusco. The area is full of Inca heritage and opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visit the ancient site of Machu Picchu or enjoy white water rafting on the Urubamba River.

If you choose to volunteer in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, then learning some Spanish will undoubtedly enhance your experience and help you interact with the friendly islanders. Based on San Cristobal Island, you will be close to volunteers taking part in Teaching, Care, Sports and Conservation projects.

Spanish Language Projects in Central America

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica in the town of Heredia. Costa Rica is a rugged country with many national parks, mountains and volcanoes. It’s also a great place to use as a base to visit other Central American countries like Nicaragua and Panama.

On the other hard if you choose to learn Spanish on a Language course in Mexico you’ll be based in Guadalajara; a large city that’s as typically Mexican as you can get. Mexico offers something for everyone. It’s an accessible country, with plenty of hotels, good public transport and lots to keep you occupied.

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Amharic - Ethiopia

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Ethiopian culture on one of our Amharic Language courses. Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and is spoken by approximately 27 million people.

You can learn Amharic in Ethiopia with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Amharic language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Ethiopia. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Ethiopia Language Course prices

With accommodation with a local family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore the area with other volunteers.

Cebuano – Philippines

Immerse yourself fully in the fascinating Filipino culture on one of our Cebuano Language courses. Cebuano (also referred to as Binisaya) is spoken by 20 million people in the Philippines mostly in the Central Visayas region, which includes Cebu Province. It is the most widely spoken of the languages within the so-named Bisayan subgroup and is closely related to other Filipino languages.

You can learn Cebuano in the Philippines with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Cebuano language course with another Projects Abroad placement in the Philippines. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Philippines Language Course prices.

With accommodation in the home of a Filipino family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Ewe - Togo

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in Togo’s fascinating West African culture on one of our Ewe Language Courses. Ewe is a Niger-Congo language spoken in Togo, Ghana and Benin by approximately six million people. Ewe is a tonal language where pitch differences are used to distinguish one word from another.

You can learn Ewe in Togo with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Ewe language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Togo. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Togo Language Course prices

Living in the capital city of Lomé, with accommodation in the home of a Togolese family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a local language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore Lomé with other volunteers.

Hindi - India

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful Indian culture on one of our Hindi Language courses.

Hindi is spoken by approximately 258 million people in India. You can learn Hindi in India with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Hindi language course with another Projects Abroad placement in India. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Hindi Language Course prices

With accommodation with a local family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore the area with other volunteers.

Malagasy - Madagascar

Join one of our language courses during your stay in Madagascar to fully immerse yourself in this fascinating African culture. Malagasy is a unique language in Africa, with its origins in Southeast Asia, and is spoken by over 17 million people in Madagascar. Malagasy and French are the country’s official languages, though Malagasy is the one most widely spoken across the island.

You will learn Malagasy with a local tutor who will introduce you to the basics of the language. You and your tutor will decide on the times and frequency of your classes, and classes will focus on boosting your listening, reading and speaking skills.

You can also easily combine Malagasy with one of our other projects.

If you plan to volunteer on our Care or Teaching projects, we recommend you join a Malagasy course during your time on the island; Madagascan children are more likely to speak Malagasy than French.

We offer a 30 hour course over two weeks, a 45 hour course over three weeks and an intensive 60 hour course over four weeks.

Click here to view the Madagascar Language Course prices.

You will live with a Madagascan host family where you will have the opportunity to practice your new language skills every day, while immersing yourself in the local culture and enjoying authentic local cuisine.

Mongolian – Mongolia

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Mongolian culture on one of our intensive Mongolian Language placements.

You can learn Mongolian in Mongolia with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Mongolian language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Mongolia. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Mongolia Language Course prices

With accommodation in the home of a local family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Patois - Jamaica

Immerse yourself fully in the fascinating Jamaican culture on one of our Patois Language courses. Patois features largely English words superimposed on West African grammar. The language was developed in the 17th century when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to English. Patois exists mostly as a spoken language and is widely used throughout Jamaica.

You can learn Patois in Jamaica with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Patois language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Jamaica. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Jamaica Language Course prices

With accommodation in the home of a Jamaican family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Quechua - Bolivia, Peru

Quechua is a native South American language spoken primarily by the indigenous people living in the Andes.

You can learn Quechua in Bolivia or Peru with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Quechua language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Bolivia or Peru. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view Quechua Language Course prices in Bolivia or Peru

The courses are taught one-to-one and the pace and teaching style will be tailored to suit your abilities and needs. A good understanding of Quechua will enable you to make the most of your time in Bolivia or Peru and really engage with the local people.

Romanian - Romania

Romanian is the official and national language of Romania. As a Romance language it has its roots in Latin and you may be surprised by many similarities to French and Spanish.

You can learn Romanian in Romania by signing up for a language course with Projects Abroad. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Romanian language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Romania. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view Romanian Language Course prices in Romania.

As with all our language courses, the pace and teaching style will be tailored to suit your abilities and needs. A good understanding of Romanian will enable you to make the most of your free time in Romania and really engage with the local people.

While living with a Romanian-speaking family in Brasov, Romania you will be able to explore the sights of your chosen city while you immerse yourself in the Romanian language.

Samoan - Samoa

Take the chance to immerse yourself in the interesting Samoan culture on one of our intensive Samoan Language courses. Whilst English is the official language of Samoa, the local Samoan language is the most widely spoken amongst locals.

You can learn Samoan in Samoa with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course, which lasts from two weeks upwards. Alternatively you can combine your Samoan language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Samoa. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Samoa Language Course prices

With accommodation in the home of a local family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a local language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Sinhalese - Sri Lanka

Sinhala is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people which make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka. Sinhala is the official and national language of Sri Lanka and due to centuries of colonial rule modern Sinhala contains many Portuguese, Dutch and English loanwords.

You can learn Sinhalese in Sri Lanka with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Sinhalese language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Sri Lanka. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Sri Lanka Language Course prices

With accommodation in the home of a Sri Lankan family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a local language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Swahili - Kenya, Tanzania

Swahili is a Bantu language spoken in both Kenya and Tanzania. The Swahili language has been influenced by Arabic and more recently also by English. One of Swahili’s attributes is that its pronunciation is straightforward compared to some other languages.

You can learn Swahili in Kenya or Tanzania with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Swahili language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Kenya or Tanzania. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view Swahili Language Course prices in Kenya or Tanzania

With accommodation in the home of a local family, you’ll learn quickly and can practise what you’ve learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests and preferred teaching style.

Tamazight - Morocco

Like Morocco itself, the spoken languages are greatly diverse. Arabic and French are generally spoken in the cities, but in the countryside and the desert you are more than likely to hear Tamazight.

Tamazight is the language of the indigenous peoples of Morocco. It is closely related to the Berber languages spoken in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and the Egyptian area of Siwa, as well as by large Berber communities in parts of Niger and Mali. The oldest recorded Tamazight inscription dates back around 2500 years.

You can learn Tamazight in Morocco with a Projects Abroad language course in Rabat. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Tamazight language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Morocco. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Morocco Language Course prices

Volunteers who join our Nomad Project often join a Tamazight Language Project in the capital of Rabat - for two, three or four weeks – before embarking on their desert adventure.

Twi - Ghana

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Ghanaian culture on one of our Twi Language Courses. Twi is the most commonly spoken tribal language in Ghana, and is the mother tongue of about 6 million Ghanaians living mostly in the southern half of the country.

You can learn Twi in Ghana by taking a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Twi language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Ghana. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Ghana Language Course prices

While living with a local Ghanaian family, you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a local language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests and preferred teaching style.

Vietnamese - Vietnam

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating Vietnamese culture on one of our Vietnamese Language courses. Vietnamese is the official and national language of Vietnam and is the first language of approximately 86% of its population.

You can learn Vietnamese with a Projects Abroad language course. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Vietnamese language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Vietnam. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

Click here to view the Vietnam Language Course prices

While living in Vietnam you'll learn quickly and can practise what you've learnt with our local staff. Lessons are with a local language teacher and are adapted to your personal level and take into account your interests and preferred teaching style.

Wolof - Senegal

Take a Wolof Language Course in Senegal and discover the vibrant culture of this West African nation. The Wolof people comprise over one third of the Senegalese population and approximately 80% of Senegalese people speak Wolof. Although French is the official language of Senegal, you will hear Wolof spoken frequently and most young children will speak much better Wolof than French.

You can learn Wolof with a Projects Abroad language course in Senegal. You can take part in an intensive course which lasts from two weeks upwards.

Alternatively you can combine your Wolof language course with another Projects Abroad placement in Senegal. These prices are in addition to your main project price.

While living with a local host family, you'll learn quickly and can practice what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

Click here to view the Senegal Language Course prices

Projects Abroad offers many other projects in Senegal such as Journalism, Medicine and Human Rights; having spent two, three or four weeks studying Wolof would certainly help you if you then choose to continue on another volunteer project. While on your placement you could put your new language skills to use in a practical work setting and interact more with your local colleagues.

Intensive stand-alone language courses:

  • Run as a stand-alone full time project.
  • 30 hours’ tuition over 2 weeks, 45 hours over 3 weeks or 60 hours over 4 weeks. If you want to study a language intensively for just 1 week, please contact us
  • Includes food, accommodation (usually with a local host family), insurance, airport transfers on arrival and departure, local staff support.
  • Tailored to suit your ability and requirements.
  • Usually one-to-one tutoring.
  • Usually includes course textbooks.
  • You choose the start date.
  • You choose the language and destination.
  • You’ll be part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community in your chosen destination.
  • View Language Course Prices here

The intensive courses are ideal if you want to seriously improve your language skills over a short period of time. You can take part whether you’re a complete beginner or already have some knowledge. You will normally study 15 hours each week from Monday to Friday. This will give you plenty of time to complete homework assignments and spend time with your host-family. You can also practice your skills while exploring your new surroundings.

You can sign up to an intensive language course by completing our online application form. Please select your chosen Destination and then ‘Learn (language name)’ on Section 2 of the application form; for example, select ‘Learn Amharic’ for the Intensive course in Ethiopia. Alternatively, you can call us on 01903 708300 or email info@projects-abroad.co.uk

After completing an intensive language course you could then take part in another voluntary placement and put your language skills to good use. You could take part in Care in Togo, Teaching in Mexico or even the Nomad Project in Morocco.

Some volunteers decide to do an intensive course in order to improve their language skills enough to then join a project where some knowledge of the language is needed, for example once you’ve brushed up on your French or Spanish you could then join a Journalism project in Senegal or a Medicine project in Mexico.

All Language Course volunteers will receive a certificate after completing their placement stating the amount of hours and the language studied.

Add-on 5, 14, 30 or 60 hour language courses:

  • Run alongside another volunteer project like Teaching, Care or Journalism.
  • Tailored to suit your ability and requirements.
  • One-to-one or small-group lessons.
  • Flexible lesson times according to the structure of your volunteer project.
  • View Language Course Prices here

These language courses are ideal if you want to start learning a foreign language or to brush up on your existing skills. Your exact timetable will be agreed on arrival, so the hours fit in with your volunteer placement. We recommend that to fit in a 60-hour add-on course that you are on a placement for at least 12 weeks.

Please be aware that add-on language courses are not available alongside all projects, in particular many Conservation projects. Please check with us if you are unsure.

If you want to sign up for a 5, 14, 30 or 60 hour add-on language course, simply include it on your application form. Please make a note on the form where it asks if you have any “placement preferences”. Alternatively, you can call us on 01903 708300 or email info@projects-abroad.co.uk.

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