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Learn Languages While Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer taking language courses to learn Spanish in Latin America

While you are doing international volunteer work on a Projects Abroad placement, you have the ideal opportunity to learn a new language as well as immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of your host country.

It’s very rewarding to learn French in Senegal, Arabic in Morocco, or Spanish in Costa Rica, while living the local lifestyle. Our language courses abroad offer a combination of personally tailored lessons and daily opportunities for practice. Consequently, you will make great progress and may surprise yourself with how quickly you are able to grasp a new language. It is certainly easier than learning back home!

Language Add-on courses are tailored to your level and run alongside your volunteer work or internship abroad. If you are volunteering for a short time, you can take part in 14-hour or 30-hour language courses. If you’re looking for more in-depth study and are on a volunteer project or international internship for at least twelve weeks, you could take part in a 60-hour course.

Studying Languages and Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer in Senegal traveling to the desert

Projects Abroad offers the option of taking Language Add-on courses alongside your volunteer work in the following major world languages and destinations:

  • Arabic: Morocco
  • English: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Jamaica, and South Africa.
  • French: Morocco, Senegal, Togo
  • Mandarin: China
  • Spanish: Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru

Projects Abroad also offers the unique opportunity learn the local language of the following destinations on a Language Add-on course:

  • Amharic: Ethiopia
  • Cebuano: Philippines
  • Ewe: Togo
  • Ga: Ghana
  • Khmer: Cambodia
  • Malagasy: Madagascar
  • Mongolian: Mongolia
  • Patois: Jamaica
  • Quechua: Bolivia, Peru
  • Romanian: Romania
  • Samoan: Samoa
  • Sinhalese: Sri Lanka
  • Swahili: Kenya, Tanzania
  • Tamazight: Morocco
  • Twi: Ghana
  • Vietnamese: Vietnam
  • Wolof: Senegal

If you would like to sign up for a 5-hour, 14-hour, 30-hour, or 60-hour Language Add-on, please make a note of it on your application where it asks if you have any placement preferences. Please be aware that Language Add-on courses are not available alongside all projects, mainly many Conservation projects. Please check with us if you are unsure.

Fulltime Languages Courses Abroad

We also offer intensive fulltime language courses where you focus solely on learning the language. These courses involve 15 hours of individualized tuition per week and are particularly useful before you start volunteer work abroad or international internships in subjects where some grasp of the local language will be beneficial.

Intensive language projects are available for 1-week or longer in the same languages and destinations as Language Add-on courses. For more information see our Language Courses page.

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