Join 10,000 volunteers making a difference every year in ongoing service projects and internships around the world with Projects Abroad!
Make a difference abroad! Projects Abroad offers unique and worthwhile volunteer placements, internships and language courses from a few weeks to a few months in 30+ developing countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Projects are customized to your schedule so you choose when you start and how long you stay. Whether you care for children in a Mexican orphanage, work on a veterinary internship in India, help with English classes in Peru or participate in a medical project in Ghana, you will be joining a community of volunteers and local people, all working together to better their lives and their community.
With Projects Abroad, you can travel with purpose and explore the world as a Volunteer Abroad. Hundreds of worthwhile projects are offered in more than 30 developing countries, and you will find that there is a program to suit every skill level and interest! Each project is designed to benefit the community and contribute to sustainable development.
Care volunteers work in orphanages, care centers, kindergartens and special needs schools, as well as on HIV/AIDS projects devoting their attention and energy to underprivileged children.
Conservation & Environment projects focus on preserving some of the most beautiful and vulnerable ecosystems around the world. Whether you are volunteering in a rainforest, on the coast or in a nature reserve, you will be working alongside local staff to protect the area and raise awareness about the importance of conservation.
Teaching volunteers work in local schools and universities providing instruction to children and adults in conversational English skills as well as IT, French, music, sports and a variety of other subjects.
Building volunteers make a long-term impact in marginalized communities by providing the labor and materials to construct and refurbish homes and schools.
Sports volunteers coach in schools and fitness programs to improve children's sports talents and provide them with access to organized, healthy activities. Programs are popular with those who have a background in playing or coaching soccer, basketball, volleyball, water sports and more.
Agriculture & Farming volunteers will get involved with community-based agricultural initiatives aimed at providing sustainable local food sources and promoting responsible farming methods.
Archaeology placements involve some of the most important work needed in developing communities, including setting up basic infrastructure. Volunteering to build schools, libraries and homes lays a foundation that supports locals even after your volunteer work abroad has ended.
Culture & Community volunteers work on a variety of programs aimed to immerse them in the culture of their chosen destination, and offer them access to learn about particular projects or practices within a chosen community.
Creative & Performing Arts placements are great for those who have a background in music, dance or drama and a passion for sharing their skills with another community. Volunteers impart their knowledge about their art form while learning the local traditions in their destination country.
An International Internship with Projects Abroad is a great way to gain work experience in the developing world. Placements are offered in a variety of internship areas, and are individualized to accommodate your experience and goals. Interns will have a direct supervisor who will guide your work experience, with additional support from overseas staff.
Medicine & Healthcare interns learn about medicine in developing nations through placements in hospitals and clinics rotating between medical departments or focusing on physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dentistry, nursing or midwifery. Medical elective placements are also available.
Law & Human Rights interns work with a law firm or human rights organization learning about international legal practices or gaining insight into the multi-faceted nature of human rights advocacy.
International Development and Microfinance interns help improve the professional opportunities for individuals in the developing world through business and career counseling and small loan initiatives.
Journalism interns can work in either print or broadcast media gaining work experience and learning from local employees about journalistic practice in another country.
Business interns work with international and local organizations and gain work experience within an office environment in the area of their interest.
Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care interns work in veterinary clinics and animal shelters learning animal care and treatment as well as gaining insight into cultural dimensions of veterinary medicine.
Volunteer and internship placements are available in 30+ countries throughout the world:
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Volunteering with Projects Abroad: How does it work?
People of all ages and backgrounds have something to offer the local communities where they volunteer together. Projects Abroad also has programs exclusive for high school students, college-age students, career break professionals, gap-year students, and retired volunteers. This diversity means there are always interesting perspectives to be found, and new people you can identify with. You may form the strongest friendship with the person you least expect!
Projects Abroad's program fee includes accommodations, food, airport pick-up and drop-off, full travel insurance, medical insurance, in-country induction, support and 24 hour back-up from in-country staff, personalized MyProjectsAbroad web page, pre-departure support from a Volunteer Advisor by email and phone, and visa support (if applicable).
Wherever possible, volunteers live with local host families where they are truly immersed in local culture and tradition. Where host families are unavailable, shared volunteer accommodation is provided.
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Placements can last anywhere from one week up to one year. There are no specific start dates, so you can begin your placement any day you would like. It is recommended you submit your application at least 2-3 months before your desired start date.