A career breaker volunteering with Projects Abroad in Belize helps a child improve literacy at a local school.

Volunteering Abroad for Career Breakers

Increasing numbers of people are volunteering with Projects Abroad following a period, or even many years, spent in full-time employment. They may have chosen to take time out voluntarily, or had to leave work for other reasons, such as redundancy, but the relative levels of skill and experience they bring with them means that Career-Break volunteers are always greatly valued by the organisations we work with. This means that there is plenty of scope for Career-Break volunteers to gain work-experience in new and exciting areas of work, such as Journalism or Business.

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A Childcare volunteer in Ghana offers a child a high five for successfully completing an educational task.
Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From €1,695
Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.
Medical Internships in Ghana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From €1,845
A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.
Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From €2,395
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Volunteer Abroad while on a Leave of Absence or a Holiday

Perhaps you are perfectly happy in your chosen career, but just want some time away to explore a particular area of interest, or even just to help others? Our minimum project length on most projects is between two and four weeks, which means that you can volunteer on one of our projects during paid annual leave. Many teachers even choose to volunteer with us for the whole of their six week summer break!


More and more employers are starting to see the value of offering their staff longer periods of unpaid absence, during which the volunteer can satisfy their wanderlust, safe in the knowledge that they still have a secure job at the end of it. Employers may even be willing to finance some of the costs of a voluntary project, providing there is some tangible benefit in doing so. We can help you to provide any relevant information once you have applied.

Tanzanian medical professionals spend time with a nurse volunteering abroad for her career break.

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