A Conservation volunteer crosses the tallest canopy walkway in South America on his volunteer holiday in Peru.

Volunteer Holidays Abroad

Experience volunteer travel and do something exciting and different with your next holiday

A volunteering trip with Projects Abroad will take you beyond the typical tourist experience on your next holiday adventure. We offer trips for all ages, from volunteer holidays for students, to volunteer holidays for over 50s. You can do things like:

  • Work with animals on our conservation holidays abroad
  • Help children learn important early childhood development skills
  • Build vital infrastructure like houses and toilets 
  • Dig up the past and investigate ancient artifacts at an archaeological dig

We offer working holidays with a difference, and we believe in long-term, sustainable solutions. Not quick fixes. So no matter what kind of volunteer holiday you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll make a real impact.

We’ve also adopted a hassle-free approach to volunteer trips, to take the stress of planning off your shoulders. All you need to do is relax and enjoy your project, while we do the work!

Choose a Volunteer Project

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Students listen to a young Teaching volunteer in Romania while an older volunteer prepares for the lesson

From £2,105

Volunteer Teaching in Romania
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Travel to Eastern Europe and gain practical teaching experience while helping students improve their English

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From £1,795

Marine Conservation Volunteering 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
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

Conservation Volunteer Work 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 £1,370

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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Where can I volunteer abroad?

With us, you can choose where to volunteer abroad, and what kind of work you want to do. Our Project Experts are here to help you choose the volunteer project that fits your interests and schedule. 

Here are some of our most popular volunteering trips for specific ages: 

We strongly recommend Flexi Trips if you want to travel according to your own schedule, and work more independently. They’re a great fit for adults looking for volunteer holidays, and work equally well if you’re going as a single or with a friend or partner.  

Our other volunteer trips are built around group experiences, where you arrive and leave together, and you get guidance from our staff more frequently.   

When you’re not working, there’s plenty for you to see and do to further enjoy your volunteering holiday. Our in-country staff can give you tips on where to go and what to do over weekends. See local sights, eat your weight in delicious traditional food, and experience the culture and traditions!

A group of students participate in a beach clean-up on a beach in Fiji as part of their volunteer holiday.

Volunteer Holidays with Animals

We offer a wide variety of animal volunteer holidays, through our Conservation Projects and Animal Care Projects

If you want a wildlife conservation holiday, our Conservation Projects are for you. Invoke your inner Charles Darwin and work with sea lions and giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Monitor wild elephant populations or help protect endangered giraffes in the heart of Africa. Or, help rehabilitate spider monkeys in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. There is so much to choose from! 

Is your heart tugging you away from land toward the ocean? We also have marine conservation holidays, where you can protect coral reefs in Belize and Thailand or research sharks in Fiji.  

Our animal volunteer holidays for suitable for everyone, including families. For a curated list of projects that are the best fit for family conservation holidays, take a look at our page about family volunteering abroad.

Will I really make a difference on a humanitarian holiday?

Taking a humanitarian holiday is a great way to do something exciting and channel your energy into positive change while on vacation. Instead of relaxing at a beach resort, for example, you can travel to a black sand beach in Mexico and save endangered sea turtles

Worried about how much of a difference you can really make on your working holiday abroad? This is what we do to make sure you make an impact:

  • We teach you what you need to know to do the work before you start
  • You have support from professional staff whenever you need it
  • We have guidelines and codes of conduct in place to guide your work

You can also read our blogs about volunteering with no previous experience, and how we run short-term placements so they still help people in the long-term.

Volunteering Holidays Abroad for Free

We often get asked if we offer volunteering holidays abroad for free. The short answer is no. There are several reasons why we ask all our participants to pay a fee for volunteering abroad. Read more about why our volunteer projects have a programme fee.

Next Steps

Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you during your holiday. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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