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Win a free High School Special this summer


This competition has officially closed. Congratulations to Lydia Narramoore.


I n continued celebration of Projects Abroad’s 25th anniversary, we are giving you the chance to win a free High School Special Project this summer.

In spirit of the contest, we’ve taken an alternative route to selecting our 2018 winner.

To enter, you have to post a 25-second video on your Instagram page - explaining why you want to volunteer abroad.  A creative entry will most likely garner the most attention, so think outside the box!

After you’ve posted your video, head over to the Projects Abroad Shortstack competition page, enter you details, link your video, and try to get the most votes!

How do I win? 

The more votes your submission gets, the better your chances are of winning. Here are some tips to get people voting:

- Share the shortstack page on your personal social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc).  

- Ask close and extended family to spare a few minutes to vote.

- Ask family and friends to share your page and get their connections to vote as well – this will double your chances.

- Ask your teachers and peers at school or college to vote.

Let your voters know they don’t need an Instagram account, and they don’t need to register or provide any details. They simply click the heart under your video.


Not convinced? Here are some answers to the most pressing questions we’ve received thus far.

 1.    I’ve already paid the deposit on my High School Special project for this summer, can I still enter?

Yes! If you end up winning, we will return your deposit, and any other fees you might have paid up to that point.

 2.    I turn 15 in June; can I enter the competition now, as I will be old enough to go in the summer?

Yes! As long as you are between the ages of 15 – 18 at the time of your project, you qualify.

 3.    Can I choose which country and project I want to do or do you win one in particular?

You get to choose the destination and project. Take note, this excludes any High School Special projects in Fiji, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, South Africa or Romania. 

 4.    What is the end date of the competition?

The competition formally ends on 30th April 2018. After which the winner will be announced. 

 5.    How do I win?

Get the most votes to be in included in our final three. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on criteria of eligibility, motivation and creativity.

 6.    Do I have to get likes on Instagram as well?

Instagram likes are nice, but Shortstack votes are better. The only votes that count are the ones on the Shortstack page. So make sure your supporters go to vote there.

 7.    I have volunteered with Projects Abroad before, am I allowed to enter?

Yes! Projects Abroad values its extensive community of alumni. If you had a wonderful experience the first time, why not have a second one, free of charge!

 8.    If I win, what else would I have to pay for?

Costs not covered include visas, vaccinations, spending money, and getting to and from the airport in the UK. These have to be covered at your own accord.

 9.    Do you also win flights to the country?

Yes! Flight costs are part of the prize. We have a list of approved departure and arrival airports in the UK, including London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester International, and Belfast International.

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Enter the Projects Abroad competition


Terms and conditions

As with any competition, terms and conditions apply!

Competition Entrants

 1. The competition is only open to persons who reside in the United Kingdom. Those who reside outside the United Kingdom are not eligible.

2. The competition is only open to those aged 15 to 18, at the time of travel.

3. The competition is not open to any person that is: (a) an employee of Projects Abroad or (b) a direct family member of Projects Abroad employees.

4. The competition is only open to those with a valid passport.

5. Entrants who have already booked a project can partake in the competition and Projects Abroad will refund what you have already paid.

6. By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all the information submitted by you in your entry is true, accurate and complete in every aspect.

Competition Entries

7. Entries must be made by the closing date. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

8. There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the competition.

9. Video entry must adhere to the competition rules previously stipulated.

10. Projects Abroad reserves the right to remove any entries that are considered inappropriate or derogatory.  

11. Contestants can only enter once. Multiple entries will not be accepted.

12. Video entry must feature the person who is entering.

13. Projects Abroad does not accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, or damaged.


14. The top three entrants' submissions with the most votes will be subject to a panel of judges based on criteria of eligibility, motivation and creativity. Whereby a final winner will be selected.

15. The winning entry will be notified within 7 working days of the closing date.

16. The winner will win a 2-week High School Special Project of their choosing. The winner can choose any 2-week High School Special Project running between June and August 2018. This excludes any projects in Fiji, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, South Africa or Romania. 

17. The prize covers project cost, and the cost of economy flights to and from destination. Flights must depart and return to the same UK airport, from the following list of approved airports:

- London-Heathrow Airport (LHR)

- London-Gatwick Airport (LGW)

- Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

- Manchester International Airport (MAN)

- Belfast International Airport (BFS)

18. ‘Project cost’ includes food, accommodation, travel and health insurance, airport transfers, transport in country, evening activities, a weekend trip and 24-hour support and back up from our in-country team.

19. Costs not covered include visas, vaccinations, spending money, and getting to and from the airport in the UK. The winner must cover these expenses on their own accord.

20. If the winner is under the age of 18 parental consent must be given in order for the winner to travel.

21. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.


22. Projects Abroad does not accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, or damaged. Entries which are late, incomplete or illegible will be disqualified at the discretion of Projects Abroad.

23. Projects Abroad will not be liable for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any person entering or not being able to enter the competition or as a result of accepting any prize.

24. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Data Protection

25. You agree that Projects Abroad may use your Entry for any promotional purpose.

26. The prize-winner unconditionally agrees (as a condition of accepting any prize) to: (a) the use of their name, one or more photographs of themselves and disclosure of their county of residence; and (b) co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable post-Competition publicity.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

27. The competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction or the courts of England.

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