A Maasai herder cares for cattle at a village where volunteers participate in cultural immersion programmes in Tanzania.

Cultural Immersion Programmes

Immerse yourself in some of the most incredible cultures in the world

Travel somewhere incredible and have an unforgettable experience. Live in and be part of another community, totally different from your own.


Projects Abroad’s Cultural Immersion Projects will let you step inside a culture. Some of these cultures face threats from the modern world. By working with us, you can learn about them and help protect them for years to come.


We’ve created a range of unique travel experiences where you can switch off from modern life.  You’ll work alongside locals to pitch in with their day-to-day lives and the challenges they face. You could spend time in a community centre or school, take a trip to a historical site, or even help farmers with their livestock. It all depends where your personality and skills fit best.


Our previous participants on cultural exchange programmes have gone on to a wide range of careers and experiences, having gained versatile social skills and resilience during their time with us.

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A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa
Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa

From £1545

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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Local women in Fiji perform a ceremony for the opening of a Community Centre at a placement lead by Projects Abroad Staff.
Community Volunteer Work in Fiji

From £1370

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Learn about Fijian life and culture by immersing yourself in daily village life

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A volunteer in a village in Samoa teaches children at a school.
Community Volunteering in a Samoan Village

From £1440

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Experience life in a Samoan village and explore a different culture and way of life

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad interns doing an Equine Therapy placement in Argentina help a child ride a horse during a therapy session.
Equine Therapy Internship in Argentina

From £1980

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Take part in an internship with children and horses and help with patients’ rehabilitation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.
Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa

From £2105

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Help children with special needs enjoy the benefits of horse riding on this unique therapy placement

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
A Culture and Community volunteer walking yaks during a Khmer Project in Cambodia.
Khmer Cultural Immersion Project in Cambodia

From £1270

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Experience the ancient Khmer culture and learn about the country’s history while exploring Cambodia

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers over 50 learning about the Khmer culture in Cambodia, take part in basic farm work with locals.
Khmer Cultural Project in Cambodia for Volunteers over 50

From £1545

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Immerse yourself in the Khmer culture while learning about Cambodian history with a group your own age

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 50 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Culture and Community Volunteers live and work with Nomads in Mongolia whilst riding horses to herd cattle.
Live and Work with Nomads in Mongolia

From £1520

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Experience a unique and ancient way of life by living with a nomad family in Mongolia

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji
Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers

From £1645

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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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Is a Cultural Immersion programme right for me?

Our Cultural Immersion Projects are right for you if you’d like to experience life in another culture. You’ll be able learn more about other ways of life and the challenges communities can face.


You’ll take on an important role, helping to protect and nurture another culture while gaining valuable skills. You’ll improve your problem solving and communication skills. You’ll be totally immersed in a new place, experiencing new communities, food, lifestyles and challenges.


Throughout your time with us, you’ll be supported Projects Abroad staff and supervisors.


If you’re interested in our Cultural Immersion Projects, but feel it’s not quite right for you, you may be interested in our Building Projects or Social Work internships. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

A volunteer dressed in traditional Moroccan dress during one of Projects Abroad's cultural immersion programmes.

What will I gain from a Cultural Immersion programme?

Joining a cultural exchange programme like this gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career, as well as broadening your life experience.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous participants talk about:


  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Practical work experience in a unique environment.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

How are Projects Abroad’s Cultural Immersion Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work with. You can be assured that your Project is ethical and well supported. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programmes.


Be fully supported by staff


On these projects, you’ll work alongside cultural experts and Project Abroad staff. They’ll help you integrate and learn from your new community. You’ll also be joining a wider network of volunteers and interns from around the world. We have dedicated staff whose job it is to support our participants throughout their project.


Projects that have an impact


All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. You’ll be able to see the difference your time can have on individuals and a community.

A nomad host family with the Projects Abroad volunteer living with them on her cultural immersion programme abroad.

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