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Summer volunteering & work experience for 16-19 year olds

Short-term Specials provide young people with the chance to take part in rewarding two-week work experience placements in developing countries.

A female Projects Abroad medical volunteer from Italy treats an elderly Kenyan woman at a medical outreach centre near Nanuki, Kenya

SUSSEX – 31st January – A work experience placement abroad is an ideal way to give your CV or UCAS application the edge, explore a potential career path and learn from trained professionals. All this while exploring a different culture, meeting new people and getting the chance to travel!

Short-term Specials are volunteer placements specifically designed for those aged 16-19. They are safe and follow a structured timetable, running for two, three or four weeks over the summer holidays. These programmes take place in a number of developing countries across the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Volunteers work as a group under the guidance of experienced local staff and qualified professionals, contributing to ongoing community development projects. There are a number of Short-term Specials that will appeal to career-orientated, ambitious students, including Journalism, Law & Business, Law & Human Rights, and a range of healthcare projects such as Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry and Physiotherapy.

How can a work experience placement abroad benefit you?

  • For competitive university programmes such as Law or Medicine, additional volunteering and work experience can be the factor that sets you apart from other candidates.
  • Students receive a placement certificate on completion, and can also be provided with a reference if necessary. This is a great addition to your CV, no matter what career path you choose to follow.
  • Those who are uncertain about their future options can get a ‘taster’ of certain careers, which can help them narrow down their options.
  • By observing trained local professionals, you will have the chance to learn new skills, whether it’s assisting with legal case research or helping to run a public health campaign.
  • Volunteer and work experience abroad is a great way to achieve personal growth. You will have the chance to meet other people your age from all over the world, and work together to achieve a long-lasting impact in a local community. Exploring a culture different to your own will broaden your horizons and teach you invaluable life skills.

“We are thrilled to see increasing numbers of students seize the opportunity to get real-world experience outside of their home countries," says Tom Pastorius, Head of Global Recruitment for Projects Abroad. "It has an impact on their personal and professional development, they get a deeper insight into issues affecting the world today, and they take the first step toward becoming leaders and global citizens."

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About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The programme had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programmes with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s website at

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