A Projects Abroad volunteer overseas helps with planting mangroves as part of her Conservation Project.

Volunteer Abroad

Do volunteer work abroad and become part of an ongoing effort to empower disadvantaged communities

Volunteer overseas on a safe, sustainable, and hassle-free project. We offer a range of volunteer abroad programmes, so you can do something you’re really passionate about, like:  

  • Support children’s education
  • Work with animals and protect endangered wildlife  
  • Provide basic medical services to communities without access to healthcare

Volunteering abroad is an exciting way to add practical skills to your CV and get first-hand insight into global issues. It’s also a way for you to make a real difference. With Projects Abroad, you’ll work towards achieving long-term goals guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These goals address needs identified by the local community members and organisations we partner with.

What are the best volunteer abroad programmes for me?

Our Project Experts are here to help you choose the volunteer abroad programme that’s the best fit for you. Some of our volunteering opportunities abroad will be more suited for you than others.

Our Flexi Trips are for those aged 16 and older. We have organised Team Trips on fixed dates, where you’ll team up with a group and work toward a goal together. If you’re a student between 15-18 years old, join our High School Special Projects. To learn more about the types of trips we offer, go to our trip formats section here.

Overseas voluntary work caters to people from all walks of life. No matter your age, level of experience, or where you’re from, you can make a difference with Projects Abroad!  

If you're looking for work experience, we'd recommend you take a look at our internships abroad. You can learn new skills in Medicine & HealthcareLaw & Human Rights, and more.

A female Projects Abroad volunteer helps refurbish playground equipment in Jamaica as part of her summer volunteer programme abroad.

What are the benefits of volunteering abroad?

Through international volunteering, you’ll:

  • Learn new skills
  • Get voluntary work experience
  • Add soft skills like communication to your CV
  • Grow as a person and learn about the world firsthand
  • Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself
  • Make a tangible difference at a service project
  • Make lifelong friends and become part of our alumni network

Worried about not having enough experience, or what you can accomplish if you only have a short time available? Read our popular blog articles about short term volunteering abroad and overseas volunteering without experience.

Summer Volunteering Abroad

Our projects are a great fit for anyone who wants to make the most of their holiday with summer volunteer programmes abroad. You can travel with us at any point over June, July, or August, from as little as one week.

Summer is a popular time of year for voluntary work abroad, especially for high school students, recent grads, and university students. We recommend applying early to make sure you get a spot on the project you want. This is especially important if you’re applying for a trip with fixed dates, as those projects fill up quickly!

How to Volunteer Abroad

Interested in learning more about how to volunteer abroad? You can read about how to start volunteering, or look at more detailed information below about our opportunities for:

As well as trips for anyone looking for Christmas Volunteering Abroad.

You can also read more about voluntourism, another way of talking about volunteering around the world, or find out more about service learning abroad.

Can I volunteer abroad for free?

This is a question we often get asked. The short answer is “no”, and there are several reasons why it’s important to pay for volunteering work abroad. Read more about why we ask our volunteers to pay a fee.

Choose a Volunteer Project

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

From £1715

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 £1795

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 £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
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From £1145

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 £1645

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
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience 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
A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.

From £1645

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
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From £1370

Volunteering with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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