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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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.

From £1795

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Botswana
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Live in a remote part of the Southern African bushveld and join our effort to protect elephants and other local wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children are taught by female volunteers working with children in Cambodia inside a community care centre to further their childhood development.

From £1265

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia
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Work with children in Cambodia and provide a fun and supportive environment for them to learn and grow in

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of children with Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers outside a kindergarten in Sri Lanka.

From £1120

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
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
Projects Abroad volunteers scaling a canopy walkway during their Conservation volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

From £1795

Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help with vital conservation work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From £2365

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A legal aid clinic at our Law and Human Rights Placement in South Africa

From £1865

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 blows bubbles with a child in Ghana

From £1270

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
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From £1645

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
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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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