Two students volunteering overseas during university prepare for reforestation work at one of our Conservation Projects.

Internships Abroad and Volunteering for UK University Students

Step away from the classroom and gain valuable practical experience overseas during your university years

Work placements abroad for students are an exciting and different way to build your CV and enhance your studies with real-world experience. You’ll work alongside local professionals and actively learn from them, something that’s difficult to replicate in a typical classroom environment.


Beyond those traditional four walls, you’ll find fresh new perspectives and you’ll discover more of what you’re capable of. With our dedicated in-country staff at your side, you’ll also be inspired to learn about the local culture, the language, and new ways of thinking.


Our internships abroad for undergraduates can help shape your mindset, goals, and the trajectory for your future career. So whether you want to boost your CV, or push yourself outside of your comfort zone, an internship overseas will help you realise your potential.


Volunteering abroad as an undergraduate can also help you achieve something similar. It’s ideal if you’re more focused on giving back than gaining work experience. Our programmes are centred around long-term, sustainable solutions, not quick fixes. So by volunteering with us, you know you’ll be a part of something bigger. You’ll be able to help create positive change in the world.

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A volunteer reads a book to his students during his teaching work experience in China

From £1,715

Volunteer Teaching English in China
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Travel to China and get practical classroom experience helping children improve their English

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From £1,795

Diving & Coral Reef Protection 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

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation 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
A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.

From £1,645

Birds, Butterflies and Bats Conservation in Costa Rica
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Live in Costa Rica’s dense tropical dry forest and work on the frontlines of conservation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Two students doing an internship abroad during university do health checks at a community outreach in the Philippines.

Internships Abroad for UK Students

Doing an internship abroad as an undergraduate can help you grow professionally and personally during your university years. The experience of travelling overseas will also give you more independence and confidence.


You’ll learn directly from experienced local professionals and get first-hand knowledge of the field you’re working in. It’s a different and exciting way to add practical work experience to your CV. It’s also an opportunity to explore potential career paths and enhance your studies. For example, learn about marketing in action at a company in China, or help draft legal documents at a law firm in Ghana


As you grow professionally, you’ll also further develop your personal skills. You’ll learn to adapt to working in different environments and cultures. You’ll also hone your communication and organisational skills. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to network on a global level!


Our internships run throughout the year, no matter how many interns we have, so you can choose when to start and end. Throughout your internship, our dedicated in-country staff are there to support you 24/7 and provide a hassle-free experience. We’re also available if you want to speak to us about arranging academic credit for your internship.

Volunteering Abroad as an Undergraduate

Volunteering abroad as a student can help you make an impact in the world and give you more experience in the field you’re studying at the same time.


For example, getting out into the field and actively working with conservationists and scientists on a Conservation Project can enhance your understanding of subjects like biology, ecology, or geography. Or, if you’re studying Early Childhood Education or becoming a teacher, you can put your knowledge into practice at a Childcare or Teaching Project.


We’re happy to help you find the project that best matches your studies. If you’re writing a dissertation for your degree, we can also give you the support you need to build all the primary source information you need.

Why should I intern or volunteer with Projects Abroad?

Going abroad with us will give you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd when it comes to applications and job interviews. You’ll learn valuable soft skills like:


  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organisation
  • Responsibility
  • How to adapt to different environments and work cultures


Your experiences and the challenges you faced overseas will encourage employers to sit up and take notice. Talk about what you’ve learned and how you overcame challenges and found solutions to help demonstrate your potential!

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