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The Turing Scheme: Funding Student Volunteer Trips

Access Turing Funding for Your Organisation

Want to take your students abroad but concerned about raising the funds? While we can’t do the fundraising for you, our Project Experts are always on hand to offer advice and support. For schools and universities, the Turing Scheme might be the perfect solution to your funding worries.

For more information on this topic, read our fundraising page, browse our fundraising guide, or view scholarship and bursary options.

What is the Turing Scheme?

The British government created the Turing Scheme as a replacement for the EU Erasmus Programme. It’s designed to provide funding so that students can work and study abroad. As a proud provider of group volunteer travel, our trips can be funded using Turing funding.

It’s the educational institutions themselves who apply for Turing funding. If accepted, you can use these funds to send willing students on trips overseas. The trips should involve education or work, which is why volunteering is an excellent option. Whether you want to learn a new language or build a school, our trips offer work and education opportunities that are perfect for students.

Who is Eligible for Turing Funding?

A Turing student teaches abroad

Any institution that is registered in the UK and provides education for students can apply for Turing funding. The following types of institutions are eligible to apply for the Turing Scheme:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Higher Education (HE) providers
  • Further Education (FE) providers
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers
  • Companies working with learners and apprentices

These institutions can send their applications to the Turing Scheme. Participants must be students of any of the above institutions, but do not need to be full-time learners. Perhaps you employ someone who is looking to upskill or train for a new role; they’d also be eligible.

Universities, that are well acquainted with the Erasmus Programme, have been quick to sign up for the Turing Scheme. However, other education providers such as schools and employers who hire apprentices should also consider this option.

Why Volunteer Abroad Under the Turing Scheme?

Turing Scheme: volunteer abroad with children

Education shouldn’t just take place in the classroom. Students often learn better when they leave their comfort zones and broaden their horizons. For many, though, this option isn’t available due to financial reasons.

Schools and other education providers understand the benefits of sending students abroad, but often don’t have the financial means to do so. The Turing Scheme is an opportunity to get some much-needed funding and improve the educational experience of students.

When you send students on a trip with Projects Abroad, you’re sending them on a trip that is:

They’ll return with a greater understanding of other cultures, a sense of pride in their achievements, and a range of new soft and hard skills.

We’ll work with you to create a bespoke trip that complements your students’ curriculum and area of study. This will help ensure that their trip aids their learning, helping them develop while leaving a positive impact on communities.

How Much Can You Get?

The Turing Scheme offers funding to cover a number of costs, including the administration and implementation of the programme, as well as general living costs.

For administration costs, the first 100 participants will receive around £315 per person. After this, funding drops to around £180 per participant. Start your Turing Scheme application to find out exactly how much your group will receive to cover admin costs.

Funding to cover the cost of living depends on the destination and duration. Destinations are divided into Group 1 (high cost of living), Group 2 (medium cost of living) and group 3 (low cost of living). You can travel for a duration of between two weeks and 12 months, with longer trips offering slightly less funding per month.

There is additional funding available for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. To find out the exact amount you could be entitled to, start your application. The comprehensive questionnaire will ensure you get the funding you’re entitled to in your unique circumstance.

How to Get Started

School group volunteering abroad

Excited to get started and book a trip for your students? Here’s what you need to do to begin your journey.

Next steps:

  1. Contact us to find out more about how the Turing Scheme works and let us know what kind of trips you’re interested in.
  2. Based on our conversation, we’ll send you a tailor-made group itinerary for specially chosen projects and destinations.
  3. Happy with the options we’ve sent you? It’s time to read the Turing Scheme Application Guide and begin your application.
  4. Pay your deposit and start getting prepared for your trip.
  5. The Turing funding arrives, covering the remaining balance of the trip.
  6. Head off with your students on the adventure of a lifetime!


The Turing Scheme is widening opportunities for British-based students to work and study abroad. This funding is helping more people travel to the world’s most incredible destinations to develop both personally and academically. Give your students the chance to test their skills overseas, immerse themselves in different cultures, and make a positive difference in the world.

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