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

From €2,855

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
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From €1,695

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
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From €1,320

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 Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.

From €1,695

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • 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 €1,545

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
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From €2,395

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
A teacher helps a child at one of our Projects Abroad volunteer teaching placements in Ghana

From €1,765

Volunteer Teaching English in Ghana
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Gain practical experience teaching English to children in the more rural areas of Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers run a dental hygiene class at our volunteer teaching placements in Nepal.

From €1,465

Volunteer Teaching in Nepal
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Travel to Nepal and get practical classroom experience by helping children improve their English

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.

From €1,545

Volunteer with Children in Peru
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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Tanzanian medical professionals spend time with a nurse volunteering abroad for her career break.

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.

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