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Volunteer Overseas

Volunteering abroad as a part of a Career-Break

Older volunteer teaching in Ecuador, South America Increasing numbers of people are volunteering with Projects Abroad following a period, or even many years, spent in full-time employment. They may have chosen to take time out voluntarily, or had to leave work for other reasons, such as redundancy, but the relative levels of skill and experience they bring with them means that Career-Break volunteers are always greatly valued by the organisations we work with. This means that there is plenty of scope for Career-Break volunteers to gain work-experience in new and exciting areas of work, such as Journalism or Business.

Volunteer Abroad while on a Leave of Absence or a Holiday

Perhaps you are perfectly happy in your chosen career, but just want some time away to explore a particular area of interest, or even just to help others? Our minimum project length on most projects is between two and four weeks, which means that you can volunteer on one of our projects during paid annual leave. Many teachers even choose to volunteer with us for the whole of their six week summer break!

More and more employers are starting to see the value of offering their staff longer periods of unpaid absence, during which the volunteer can satisfy their wanderlust, safe in the knowledge that they still have a secure job at the end of it. Employers may even be willing to finance some of the costs of a voluntary project, providing there is some tangible benefit in doing so. We can help you to provide any relevant information once you have applied.

Meet one of our Career-Break Volunteers

Career Break Volunteers - Pamela Jenner"I decided to become a volunteer because I wanted a break from my job after seventeen years. I wanted a challenge but I felt nervous about 'going it alone' and felt I needed the support of an organisation. My Care project proved to be immensely varied and rewarding. I worked on a special complex in Tamil Nadu for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. I took part in village outreach projects, held workshops with young women to help them build up self-esteem, and I taught English and learnt some physiotherapy techniques as well as meeting a whole host of fascinating people, including the grandson of a former Independence Fighter and a Gandhi Peace Prize winner."

Pamela Jenner

For over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements.

Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.

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