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Projects Abroad Language Courses - Learn a Foreign Language Abroad

Language Courses Abroad

Projects Abroad offers the choice of two types of language course:

Our language courses offer one-to-one or small-group language lessons and daily opportunities for practice. They are perfect for anyone looking to learn a major international language like Spanish, French or Mandarin, or those interested in learning more of a local language in a country where you may be planning to spend several months volunteering. In total, we offer courses in over 15 different languages in more than 20 destinations!

With help from our language teachers, you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills with ease. You may surprise yourself with how quick and easy learning a foreign language can be when you are immersed in it overseas! We will tailor the course to your needs by speaking to you personally and adapt the course to how you like to learn.

Language Courses available as follows:

Intensive standalone language courses:

  • Run as a standalone full time project.
  • 15 hours' tuition over 1 week, 30 hours’ tuition over 2 weeks, 45 hours over 3 weeks or 60 hours over 4 weeks.
  • Includes food, accommodation (usually with a local host family), insurance, airport transfers on arrival and departure, local staff support.
  • Tailored to suit your ability and requirements.
  • Usually one-to-one tutoring.
  • Usually includes course textbooks.
  • You choose the start date.
  • You choose the language and destination.
  • You’ll be part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community in your chosen destination.
  • View Language Course Prices here

The intensive courses are ideal if you want to seriously improve your language skills over a short period of time. You can take part whether you’re a complete beginner or already have some knowledge. You will normally study 15 hours each week from Monday to Friday. This will give you plenty of time to complete homework assignments and spend time with your host-family. You can also practice your skills while exploring your new surroundings.

You can sign up to an intensive language course by completing our online application form. Please select your chosen Destination and then ‘Learn (language name)’ on Section 2 of the application form; for example, select ‘Learn Amharic’ for the Intensive course in Ethiopia. Alternatively, you can call us on 01273 007230 or email

After completing an intensive language course you could then take part in another voluntary placement and put your language skills to good use. You could take part in Care in Togo, Teaching in Mexico or even the Nomad Project in Morocco.

Some volunteers decide to do an intensive course in order to improve their language skills enough to then join a project where some knowledge of the language is needed, for example once you’ve brushed up on your French or Spanish you could then join a Journalism project in Senegal or a Medicine project in Mexico.

All Language Course volunteers will receive a certificate after completing their placement stating the amount of hours and the language studied.

Add-on 5, 14, 30 or 60 hour language courses:

  • Run alongside another volunteer project like Teaching, Care or Journalism.
  • Tailored to suit your ability and requirements.
  • One-to-one or small-group lessons.
  • Flexible lesson times according to the structure of your volunteer project.
  • View Language Course Prices here

These language courses are ideal if you want to start learning a foreign language or to brush up on your existing skills. Your exact timetable will be agreed on arrival, so the hours fit in with your volunteer placement. We recommend that to fit in a 60-hour add-on course that you are on a placement for at least 12 weeks.

Please be aware that add-on language courses are not available alongside all projects, in particular many Conservation projects. Please check with us if you are unsure.

If you want to sign up for a 5, 14, 30 or 60 hour add-on language course, simply include it on your application form. Please make a note on the form where it asks if you have any “placement preferences”. Alternatively, you can call us on 01273 007230 or email

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