A career breaker volunteering with Projects Abroad in Belize helps a child improve literacy at a local school.

Professional Volunteering Abroad and Career Breaks

Do something different overseas and become part of our ongoing efforts to support communities in need

In today's world, a career break can take you to unexpected places. Instead of staying close to home, do something different and explore our career break opportunities abroad.


With Projects Abroad, you'll travel overseas and become part of our ongoing efforts to support local communities. You'll work on long-term, sustainable solutions, not quick fixes. And throughout it all, you'll work alongside passionate volunteers and our dedicated in-country staff.


If you're interested in professional volunteering abroad, we can help you use the skills you've honed throughout your career to make a difference. It's a great way to break away from your 9-5 routine and adapt to a new environment and challenges. Or, you can do something completely different. We'll be able to help you realise your potential and discover what you're capable of regardless of the project you choose.

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A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.

From £1,795

Rainforest Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar
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Help protect the diverse, endemic species of lush Madagascan rainforests

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Local woman paddles through the water in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai struck the country in March

From £1,270

Disaster Relief Volunteer Work in Mozambique
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Volunteer in Mozambique and help rebuild schools and other educational facilities destroyed by Cyclone Idai

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From £1,795

Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand
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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From £995

Volunteer with Children in Nepal
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of children with Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers outside a kindergarten in Sri Lanka.

From £1,120

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka
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Support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres while experiencing life in Sri Lanka

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From £1,145

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal
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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From £1,645

Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A staff member keeps an eye on legal clinic volunteers

From £1,865

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From £1,270

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Volunteering Abroad for Professionals

For professional volunteering abroad, we recommend our Flexi Trips. These trips are at the core of what we offer at Projects Abroad: flexible, tailored volunteering experiences that are right for you.


If you’re a medical or healthcare professional, for example, you can volunteer in a rural clinic or community hospital. Here, you can use your skills to run workshops and help local professionals learn about improved or new treatment methods. We also have a number of childcare and teaching placements that would benefit from having professional social workers, teachers, and psychologists there. 


You can also choose to work in law and human rights or as a business consultant on one of our Micro-finance Projects.


Regardless of what you choose to do, these internships are handled on a case-by-case basis. We can chat to you directly about the placement where you’ll be able to make the biggest difference, and tailor your experience to your set of skills. 


The following options are not limited to the destinations listed, but are a perfect example of what professionals can do:

Tanzanian medical professionals spend time with a nurse volunteering abroad for her career break.

Volunteering Abroad for Career Breakers

On a career break, you have the freedom to do something different and explore a completely new field. You don’t need to stick to what you know. We’re here to help you discover you’re capable of more.


Here are some of our favourite opportunities for career breakers wanting to try something new:


We’re here to help you find the project that matches your goals for your career break.

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