Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Projects Abroad, along with our answers. However, always feel free to email or phone us if you need to know anything more; we will email back very quickly - or we would be very pleased to speak to you.
These questions relate to the time before you go overseas as a volunteer. For questions relating to the time you are overseas, please see FAQ's - While you're away.Display all
Many younger people take part in Gap Year projects with Projects Abroad before starting university or even after graduation. All our volunteer projects run from four weeks upwards, so you can choose whether to spend all or just part of your gap year volunteering abroad.
Voluntourism - also known as a Volunteer Vacation or Volunteer Travel - is a growing trend among working adults and retirees. As part of your next vacation or career break, travel alone or with a partner or friend to volunteer overseas with us. We offer programs in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific. View a full list of volunteer projects.
Group Volunteer Service Trips are available for high school and university students over the fall, summer, or winter break. Go by yourself and join a group, or go with your friends. For more information on trips for high school students, please see our High School Specials.
In addition to these standard projects we run an initiative called Projects for Professionals, where we organize placements specifically designed for graduates, professionals, retirees, and those on a career break looking to volunteer abroad.
Projects Abroad also organizes High School Specials, which are safe and structured trips for teenagers and first-time travellers between the ages of 16 and 19.
If you are part of a group of university students on a summer break, students from a class or university department, a sports team, a group of work colleagues, or even a group of friends looking to volunteer abroad, you might also want to read about our tailor-made Group Trips.
Our basic placement prices cover you on a weekly basis for up to twelve weeks. Then you can add on extra weeks on top of these as you wish. You can stay (including your volunteer project and personal travel) in most countries for up to 6 months. These limitations are due to visa and work-permit restrictions; please contact us with any questions you may have about visas or how long you can stay in one of our destination countries.
In some cases, we can arrange last minute volunteer projects abroad, so please call us even if you think it might be too late! We can sometimes work miracles.
There are no definitive deadlines for application. We do generally need at least three months to comfortably process an application, but we like to receive your application form as far in advance as possible - so please apply as soon as you've decided what you want to do. The longer the notice, the more we can tailor a program for your needs and preferences. If you decide last minute, give us a call to see how quickly we can arrange it for you - we sometimes only need a few weeks notice depending on the project.
See Questions about Money for more information about how your money is spent.
In addition to this, all volunteers aged 21 and over (or 18 and over in Bolivia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Fiji, and Romania) who are participating in a project that involves working with children are required to provide a criminal record check as part of the application process. We will contact you about this after receiving your completed application form.
These questions relate to the time you are overseas as a volunteer. For questions relating to the time before you go, please see FAQ's - Before you go.Display all
During your placement you will also have a supervisor at your place of work. If you have difficulty teaching in class, if you really want to gain extra experience in a certain area of medicine - or whatever the problem or request may be - someone will be on hand to give you help and advice.
For every twelve weeks worked you are entitled to two weeks off. During this time (and generally during your placement) you are insured to travel independently. Many volunteers travel extensively after the end of their placements, often forming small groups with other volunteers. In Peru, for example, most volunteers want to visit Machu Picchu; other volunteers in other places find mountains, beaches, jungles and great cities to visit.