A local social worker discusses an ongoing case with a student doing her Social Work internship abroad.

Social Work Internships Abroad

Work with local professionals to bring support to disadvantaged communities

Intern in Social Work with Projects Abroad to experience a wide range of support services in another country.


To build a better future for us all, we need to engage with the big challenges that affect countless communities around the world. A Social Work internship could see you tackling issues such as alcoholism, abuse and family problems. There’s also the option work with families affected by HIV/AIDS. The internships bring you face-to-face with people who need support overcoming serious challenges.


Gaining social work experience will open your eyes to global social issues while giving you relevant work experience to pursue a future in this field.

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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
Projects Abroad volunteers doing the HIV/Aids project wander around a market in Ghana.
HIV/AIDS Internship in Ghana

From £1370

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Assist with HIV/AIDS awareness work and help medical professionals provide support to their patients

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Childcare HIV/Aids volunteers in Nepal take a break at their care placement.
HIV/AIDS Volunteer Work in Nepal

From £1115

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Work with children affected by HIV/AIDS and support their educational and emotional development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A student doing a Psychology internship in Jamaica with Projects Abroad talks to an experienced psychologist.
Psychology Internship in Jamaica

From £2105

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Gain psychology work experience at a mental health clinic or during community-based outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad Care and Psychology workers pose for a group photo in a care centre during their Psychology placements in Mongolia.
Psychology Internship in Mongolia

From £1780

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Learn from psychologists in a mental health centre and take part in community outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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 international social work right for me?

Our Social Work internships are right for you if you want to develop a better understanding of social challenges faced around the world. They’re also perfect if you’re looking for work experience in this industry.


You’ll work alongside qualified professionals and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll help identity challenges, create solutions and initiatives, and monitor the progress of the people you help. You’ll develop a better understanding of other cultures and the various social challenges in your chosen destination.


If you’re interested in our Social Work Projects, but would like to do something different, you may be interested in our Law & Human Rights Projects. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

An intern works with a child as part of her international social work.

What will I gain from international social work?

Getting international social work experience gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career. You’ll also get a unique experience that you can talk about at interviews.


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


  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Experience in social issues, rehabilitation and care.
  • 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 Social Work internships different?

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


Be fully supported by staff


On these projects, you’ll work alongside members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. They will help you plan your work and be on hand to advise you as and when you need help.


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.

An intern assesses a young child at a daycare centre during one of our Social Work internships.

Our Child Protection Policy

We take the safety of the children and young people we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Child Protection Policy.

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