Joining a vibrant volunteer community
The idea of volunteering abroad might seem like a daunting experience. Indeed, many of the people who contact us every day worry that they will be on their own. However, by taking part in a Projects Abroad placement, you are joining a huge community of fellow volunteers and locals in developing countries. The peace of mind provided by the knowledge that you’ll be volunteering and socialising with other people is one of the best reasons to choose Projects Abroad.
We now send nearly 10,000 volunteers overseas each year, from around 40 different countries. You’ll be working alongside people of all ages, from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds –students to professionals, and families to retirees. Most people don’t realise this multicultural aspect of Projects Abroad until they arrive, but it is a distinctive part of what makes us different.
You will also form part of the local community in your chosen destination. We employ full time local staff in all of our destinations, who are there to provide support and guidance. You will work alongside local people, learning about their culture and sharing your own. In most cases, you will also live with a host family, giving you a true cultural experience.You will also form part of the local community in your chosen destination. We employ full time local staff in all of our destinations, who are there to provide support and guidance. You will work alongside local people, learning about their culture and sharing your own. In most cases, you will also live with a host family, giving you a true cultural experience.
Making friends and forming bonds with new people is often a highlight for our volunteers. Many report back that they’ve kept in touch with their fellow volunteers and host families long after they’ve returned home.
It is also possible to volunteer with your friends from home, and we can place and accommodate you together if you wish.
After you return home
Your role in our volunteer community doesn’t have to stop when you return home. We have offices in various cities around the world and so there are always opportunities to stay involved as a Projects Abroad alumnus. Our Alumni Network continues to grow and it’s a great channel for sharing your stories with us and future volunteers. You can stay connected with news and progress reports in your destination, and even have access to employment opportunities abroad.
For over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements.
Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.