Start Dates for Projects Abroad
Generally speaking, you can start any project on any day. When you apply, you will specify your preferred start and end dates. Our projects run year round and have volunteers arriving almost every day.
Since our projects sometimes depend on the local holiday calendar, there are brief occasions when normal project work is suspended. For example, schools often close for long winter/summer holidays. During these times, we arrange for alternative work projects that are similar in substance to our ongoing projects, but address the short-term, direct needs of the local communities. For example, during the summer holiday (January – early March) on our Peru Teaching Project, volunteers run a teacher training course for the local Peruvian English teachers.
If you would like to check any local holiday dates in advance please call us on +852 8208 8605 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, once you are accepted onto the project, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Advisor and they will let you know about any local holidays or if it may make sense to arrive a couple of days later.
How do travel dates work?
For all of our Standard Projects, your project starts the moment you begin travelling from your home country to your chosen destination. You will be fully covered by our insurance during this time, until you return home. If you would like to extend your trip for independent travel before or after your volunteer placement, you have the option of extending your insurance cover. If you would like to do this, please let us know when you apply.
Group Trips for Students
There are exceptions to our “any start date” policy. These exceptions are for our High School Special programs and 19+ Specials. High School Specials are aimed at 16 – 19 year-olds, where our 19+ Specials are for young volunteers over the age of 19. Both options offer opportunities for meaningful work experience abroad where you can develop a particular skill in two or four weeks. These placements are structured to allow a group of volunteers to make the most of a short time overseas and since these are group trips, everyone starts and finishes on the same dates (these dates are clearly outlined on project pages).
Seasonal Group Trips
Projects Abroad has other exceptions to the "any start date" policy: Our Winter Break Trips are structured programs for volunteers of all ages (including students and professionals) which take place over a period of two weeks during the winter. Like our other group trips, everyone starts and finishes on the same dates. We also offer group volunteer trips for those wishing to travel over the Chinese New Year holiday. Our Chinese New Year Specials are one-week long, offer a safe and structured volunteer travel experience, and are suitable for volunteers of all ages.
Group Trips for Volunteers Over 50
Our Grown-up Specials are worthwhile short-term group trips for established professionals and retirees over the age of 50. Each trip has set dates, so all participants arrive and leave at the same time, and work together in the community for 2-4 weeks. In addition, the programs all follow a set schedule designed by local staff to maximize volunteers’ impact in the short time they are abroad.
When should I apply?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no firm deadline for applications. Some countries and projects require at least three months to process an application, arrange for visas, and advise you properly on how to prepare. Other countries can be processed in as little as three weeks.
Whenever you are thinking of travelling, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Having more time to prepare makes it easier for you to fundraise, and for us to advise you on preparations. It also makes more options available for tailoring a programme to your individual interests and preferences.
What soon can I start if need be?
If you decide to go with us at the last minute, give us a call on +852 8208 8605 to see how quickly we can arrange everything for you - depending on the project and destination, we can sometimes work miracles!
What is the Minimum Duration of a Project?
It depends on the project. Most have a minimum duration of between two and four weeks. Check our Prices page to see if two weeks is possible for your project of interest.