Projects Abroad interns gaining work experience in China attend a meeting held by a local lawyer.

Gain Work Experience Overseas

Travel abroad and work to get the skills you need to excel in your studies or career

With Projects Abroad, you can add international work experience to your CV and push your career development forward. We offer several types of work abroad programmes, from Medicine to Education. Whichever project you choose, you’ll get real-world experience, and learn directly from real professionals.  

Our work placements abroad also help you: 

  • Stand out from the crowd in university or job applications
  • Get interesting and unique points to talk about in interviews and essays
  • Learn to overcome the different challenges you encounter, making you more adaptable and independent
  • Hone essential soft skills, like communication and teamwork

If you’re asking yourself “What should I do for work experience?”, take a look at some of our most popular work opportunities abroad: 

Our projects run year-round, and are entirely flexible and safe. This means you can work abroad for a month or more, or do short-term work abroad from a duration of one week.

I have never had an experience like this before in my life. I am working in a position that you could only dream of getting in Europe if you had years of work experience. - Valerie V, Business in Mongolia

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A volunteer working with children in Jamaica does an activity with a ball to improve hand-eye coordination at our Childcare Project.
Volunteer with Children in Jamaica
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,520
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Medical Internship in Jamaica
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From £1,740
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Volunteer Teaching in Jamaica
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,520
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How do I get international work experience?

Getting international work experience with Projects Abroad is as easy as counting 1, 2, 3!  

Our work placements abroad are open to anyone over the age of 16. Most programmes have very few requirements. We can also tailor a project to your level of experience, so you’ll be comfortable with the work you’re doing.

We’re a great fit for you if you want to:

  • Explore an area of interest before university, like Human Rights or Medicine
  • Do a work experience placement abroad for students during university to enhance your studies
  • Do something different and challenging yourself during a career break
  • Enjoy a working holiday abroad and do something different during your time off

Once you’ve checked that you meet the requirements for a project, you can apply online to secure your place. Our Project Experts are here if you need help deciding which project will be best for your international career development.

Equipped with my own media pass, I weave in between the anxious crowd to take a closer look at the proceedings. Reuters and BBC correspondents stand to my left and European Union observers loiter to my right. It’s an international stage and I’m lucky enough to be in the audience! - Elise B, Journalism in Ghana

A female intern gains medical work experience and learns to suture at a training hospital in Argentina.

Summer Work Experience Abroad

Eager to work abroad for the summer and use your holiday to focus on career development? We have a wide range of options available throughout the summer months of June, July, and August: 

  • Flexi Trips allow you to choose your own dates and work more independently
  • High School Specials are ideal for younger students ages 15-18 looking for international work experience
  • Team Trips cater to university students interested in a more organised group experience

See a full list of the types of trips we offer.

As an aspiring surgeon, I was bound to be excited by a surgery workshop, so when we were each handed our own dead chicken and taught several different stitches to use on them, I loved it. But everyone enjoyed the workshop - not just the surgeons! - Joy I, Medicine High School Special in Tanzania

Advantages of Work Experience

Getting work experience abroad can help you hit the ground running when you start out in your career, or help you branch out into a new field. 

What we offer is real work experience. You’ll contribute to your placement, and actively learn from the professionals you’re working with. This is invaluable if you’re working in an area you want to explore as a potential career, or expanding your skill set within a field you already work in. 

We don’t just stop at work experience. Our goal is to help you discover what you’re capable of. Adjusting to working in a different culture and environment is challenging, but it will help you grow as a person. Better yet, our trained local staff will be there to support you whenever you need it and keep you safe.   

This year could see you drafting legal documents at a law firm in China or helping disadvantaged entrepreneurs launch small businesses in Tanzania. If this makes your heart beat faster in anticipation, then take the leap and join Projects Abroad today for the ultimate work experience placement!

While volunteering in Ghana, I learned many skills that will help me with my future medical career. I was taught how to perform HIV and syphilis tests, CD4 counts, treat wounds, and to collect blood samples. - Deanna K, HIV/AIDS Project in Ghana

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Contact our Project Experts on: 

01273 007 230

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