A student volunteering overseas for her transition year teaches English to Sri Lankan children.

Transition Year Volunteering

Travel for your transition year and do a project that lets you give back or gain work experience

Volunteer abroad in your transition year and gain practical work experience while you develop essential life skills. Best of all? You’ll get to do this by taking part in rewarding projects that benefit people in need. At the same time, you’ll become part of a like-minded global community of volunteers and interns. Explore what you can do and where you can go.


All our projects are safe and structured, overseen by our experienced local staff. We work hard to ensure that our initiatives actively help people by addressing real problems, and focus on long-term, sustainable goals.  

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Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From €1,620

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From €1,845

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Projects Abroad volunteers play ball sports with children in Tanzania on our placement for teenagers

From €2,070

Volunteering with Children in Tanzania for Teenagers
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Work with volunteers your age in local communities and help children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From €2,070

Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From €1,845

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka as a Teenager
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Join teenagers from all over the world to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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High school student volunteers doing building work in Nepal pose for a photo with young children and locals.

From €1,920

Volunteer Building in Nepal for Teenagers
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Volunteer in Nepal on a Building Project for teenagers and help rebuild school classrooms

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji

From €2,220

Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers
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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From €1,620

Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A young girl has her blood pressure taken on Projects Abroad's medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka

From €2,070

Medical Internship for Teenagers in Sri Lanka
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Spend your summer learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during medical outreaches

  • From 2 weeks
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If you're not sure about how to get started with planning your transition year, talk to us! We’d be more than happy to help you narrow down your options, depending on your interests and requirements. 

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Transition Year Ideas

What do you want to get out of your transition year? Having a good idea of your goals will give you a clearer idea of what programme to do and where to go. We’ll also be in a better position to advise you.


Our Flexi Trips run year-round and you can join at any time and stay for as long as you want. This flexibility allows you to customise your transition year programme and match it to your schedule. In addition to customising your transition year, you can also combine different programmes and countries for a more diverse experience.

Transition Year Group Trips

We also have transition year students who want to plan a trip together. If you are a group of five or more, we can offer you a fully customised group trip, built especially for you. Whatever you want to do for your transition year, we can make it happen!


Some transition year students prefer shorter group trips. In these cases, we recommend joining one of our High School Specials. These 2-4 week placements are specifically for students between the ages of 15 and 18. You’ll work in a group with people your own age, and take part in a range of organised activities, including a weekend trip. 

A group of volunteers work to dig a waterhole to help animals during drought season during their Transition Year in Africa.

Transition Year Work Experience

Your transition year is the perfect time to explore potential career paths, learn new skills, and achieve personal growth. Our projects allow you to do just that – get real-world experience while having fun and, most importantly, help others.


Getting work experience during your transition year is incredibly valuable. You can find out if a potential career is what you want to do, learn from local professionals, and add practical experience to your CV. You can choose from work experience programmes like: 


Medicine and Healthcare: Our Medicine and Healthcare placements cover a range of fields: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, and Public Health. These programmes are ideal for transition year students wishing to explore the different options available to them in the medical profession.


Childcare: These projects are some of our most popular, and for good reason! There are so many options to choose from to get childcare experience, from helping with Early Childhood Development in kindergartens, to working in special needs centres.


Conservation: Our Conservation Projects can take you to rainforests, tropical waters, towering mountain ranges, and wildlife reserves in the heart of Africa. No matter where you want to go, we have a Conservation Project to suit you! Contribute to the protection of endangered species and ecosystems while assisting with valuable scientific research.


Want to get a feel for a different profession? You can see all the projects we offer here

A student doing her Transition Year in the Philippines gets medical work experience at an outreach.

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