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Volunteer Overseas

Business Internships and Volunteering Abroad

Business volunteers prepare to give presentation in China

Our voluntary Business Internship programmes are designed to give you practical work experience and enhance your CV. The placements are for those who would like to make their break count through acquiring professional skills and hands-on experience of the business world whilst also being of use within an overseas company.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Business project

Each Business programme is designed to suit the individual volunteer. Qualifications, previous work experience, aspirations and personal preferences are directly relevant. We therefore ask you to send us a copy of your CV with your application as well as a covering letter explaining the type of placement you'd like us to organise for you.

Projects Abroad volunteer, Melissa La Palaud, works at her business internship at C&D Management consulting in Shanghai, China

As with all of our programmes, our voluntary Business Internships give you the chance to discover a way of life in a different environment - Shanghai in China, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and Heredia in Costa Rica.

In addition to this, their position in the global economy presents work experience opportunities within business sectors that are relevant for the 21st century. They also provide the challenging environment that makes a voluntary Business work placement an enriching voyage of discovery.

We also offer Micro-finance Projects where Projects Abroad provides loans and volunteer support to help local people set up new businesses. You might also be interested in our International Development projects working with NGOs and charities.

Working abroad on a voluntary business internship

A group of volunteers in a meeting gain valuable business work experience on their internship in China

Projects Abroad work with companies in a wide variety of business areas. Business placements in Shanghai, Ulaanbaatar or Heredia range from working in high-rise buildings with all the latest technologies to smaller companies that operate without large resources.

Volunteers work normal office hours. In whichever volunteer Business project you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. You will get involved with the day-to-day activities of the office whether it be contacting clients, working with business support teams, researching for current or future projects, putting together portfolios, attending meetings or working on set briefs.

When you arrive at work on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you during your placement, and of course our Projects Abroad staff are always on hand too.

Work colleagues will often have good levels of English but will be keen to learn more! Take advantage of the opportunities presented by your hospitable colleagues; have lunch with them or spend some of your free time with them and you will learn many things about their culture.

No matter where you are placed your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated, especially if you prove to be adaptable and willing. Our voluntary Business Internships give you a unique insight into the business world. Take every opportunity offered to you and you will reap the rewards!

Click to chat online with us and find out more about volunteering on a Business project.

Experiences on a Projects Abroad Business Placement

Dom Elliot, Business volunteer in China"I spent six weeks as an intern in a PR company in Shanghai. My office was full of friendly staff, most of whom could speak good English. The most rewarding work was raising awareness for a fund-raising project for Shanghai's largest temple, the Jing'an Temple. I was given a free rein in this and had to take the initiative."

Dom Elliot
Business volunteer in China


Volunteering on a Business Project as a Businessperson, Consultant or Economist

There is also scope to volunteer as a professional and put your skills to use. Projects Abroad has a skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organisation’s needs. Please click here to visit the Projects Abroad PRO Business pages of this website to find out more.

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