Volunteer Trips for School Groups
At Projects Abroad, we strive to provide safe, sustainable, educational and worthwhile overseas volunteering experiences. Our volunteers and interns range in age from young children travelling with their parents to retirees, from school students to practicing doctors and archaeologists.
Established in 1992, Projects Abroad has 23 years of experience organising volunteer placements in the developing world. It was founded in 1992 by an academic in the UK who, to this day, remains the Chief Executive. The organisation has long been a pioneer of worthwhile and educational travel, a leader in its field and today, we send over 10,000 volunteers a year to 30 countries across the globe.
We support and manage over 1000 individual placements including schools, children’s homes, rehabilitation and disability care centres, construction sites, conservation projects, hospitals, community health initiatives, micro-finance and human rights programmes.
Fundamental to this growth and success is the local infrastructure we establish in each country; fully employed and fully trained Projects Abroad staff allow volunteers to benefit from sustainable and worthwhile local partnerships as well as local knowledge and 24/7 professional support providing for their wellbeing.
We are proud to employ over 700 staff, mostly local people working in destination countries. Between them they provide on-the-ground support and guidance 24/7, ensuring a safe, educational and memorable experience for the volunteers. The responsibilities of our local staff are for the volunteers’ welfare and the support of the projects. We believe that local knowledge is the best knowledge and our staff play a key role in ensuring that your trip is safe, rewarding and productive.
Our range of local partners is varied, from government bodies to grassroots charities, from international NGOs to nomadic families. The idea of ‘worthwhileness’ is a driving force behind all of our programmes, allowing both volunteers and host communities to take part in a constructive and rewarding experience, made possible through a constant flow of cultural exchange, understanding and respect. This allows our work at the placements to be guided by local needs and ensures that we serve communities in a sustainable and collaborative way.
Projects Abroad offers tailor-made group projects designed to suit the specific needs of both the group and the local community. We will ensure that your skills, preferences and qualifications fit the particular needs of the placement. There are no set start dates. Whenever you arrive and at whatever time, our staff will be waiting at the airport for you. This flexibility allows the projects to run sustainably throughout the year.
All Projects Abroad accommodation is clean and safe. In most destinations, volunteers will live with host families. These homes have all been approved by Projects Abroad and assessed based on criteria such as cleanliness, privacy and facilities. Shared accommodation is provided in some destinations and these apartments and houses are clean and comfortable.
Our prices include your placement, your accommodation, three meals a day, full medical and travel insurance, airport transfers, transport between your accommodation and work placement, project arrangements, unrivalled in-country support, as well as pre-departure advice and meetings in the build up to take off. The price does not include airfares, visas, vaccinations or spending money.
Challenging and rewarding; safe, sustainable and worthwhile, Projects Abroad group trips provide unique personal development opportunities and the chance for your school to reach out to developing communities.