Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Projects Abroad , along with our answers. However, always feel free to email or phone us if you need to know anything more; we will email back very quickly - or we would be very pleased to speak to you.
These questions relate to the time before you go overseas as a volunteer. For questions relating to the time you are overseas, please see FAQs - While you're away.Display all
|Africa||Ethiopia | Ghana | Kenya | Morocco | Senegal | South Africa | Tanzania | Togo|
|Asia||Cambodia | China | Mongolia | Nepal | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Vietnam|
|Latin America||Argentina | Bolivia | Costa Rica | Ecuador | Jamaica | Mexico | Peru|
|South Pacific||Fiji | Samoa|
You can volunteer abroad in teaching, care, medicine, conservation, business, journalism, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, animal care, IT projects, sport, law and human rights, Nomad projects, Inca projects, archaeology, community placements, building and performing arts. All our projects are unique and flexible so please feel free to drop us a line or send us an email to discuss all the possibilities available to you. Thinking about a gap year? Check out our information page here.
You can also check out our projects page for specific information and destination opportunities: /projects/
The major motivation of our projects is to be beneficial for the host organisation, and also challenging and rewarding for the volunteer. We aim to create sustainable change to those who need it the most in disadvantaged communities and this requires regular revision of the needs of the organisation, capabilities and role of the volunteers. Thanks to the efforts of our local staff, volunteers are given the tools to positively contribute to the development of communities and gain amazing insight into a different culture through their placement and host family.
Check out more information about costs here: /more-info/why-pay-to-volunteer/
Some countries may have limited times depending on visa or work permit requirements, please contact us with any questions or for more information about visas and permits in any country or look here for a brief guide /apply-now/visas-insurance-and-vaccinations/
You do need to budget a few things on top of this fee such as your flights (which we can organise for you), vaccinations, visas (we'll help with these too!) and spending money.
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Fundamental skills such as enthusiasm, drive, initiative and a willingness to help defy age limits and are important features for volunteers of any age bracket.
Considering a gap year? Check out our Gap Year information page here!
Some destinations will require some language skills, such as Latin America and West Africa. If you're unsure of your language capabilities, please contact us and we'll let you know if you'll be able to participate.
In many countries it is possible to take language lessons if you want to improve your language skills, see the language courses section for more details.
In addition to this, all volunteers aged 21 and over (or 18 and over in Bolivia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Romania and Thailand) who are participating in a project that involves working with children are required to provide a criminal record check as part of the application process. We will contact you about this after receiving your completed application form.
Whether you teach English in Kenya or help conserve rainforest ecosystems in Peru, your hard work, initiative, enthusiasm and drive will result in a travel experience with amazing rewards. Whether you take part in a volunteer or internship placement you will gain great cultural insight and enhance your understanding of the world around you. You will take part in intercultural exchanges with people from all forms of life and make a commitment to grassroots community placements where your help and knowledge is truly needed. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to make friends from around the world, learn from others, understand new cultures and travel whilst helping to sustain ongoing projects aimed at enhancing and helping developing countries around the world.
Give us a ring at the office to get these details. You can also chat to any of the Australian staff. All of us have been on volunteer placements with Projects Abroad and understand all the tough choices that you have to make before committing to an individual project!
Once you feel like you have had all your questions answered the next step is taking the plunge – it’s time to apply! Applications can be done easily online or can be sent in mail to our Australian office. All details are available here.
These questions relate to the time you are overseas as a volunteer. For questions relating to the time before you go, please see FAQ's - Before you go.Display all
It is their job to set up placements, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more details, see Safety & Back-up.
During your placement you will also have the support of your supervisor at your place of work. They will be on hand to give you help and advice throughout your time on the project.
We are in constant contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding stability and safety and, of course, we have the added security of our overseas staff in each destination.
In the unlikely event that you are seriously ill, all volunteers are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy, which, if needed, includes flying you home and all of your medical costs until you get home.
Projects Abroad staff will be on hand to liaise with your family, the insurance company, and the relevant medical professionals.
If you want to extend your placement, just talk to our overseas staff. Each additional week you spend on a project will be charged at the ‘In-Country Extension’ price.
Many volunteers travel after the end of their placements, often forming small groups with fellow volunteers.
Depending on the destination you choose you may find mountains, beaches, jungles or great cities to visit!
You may often be placed in the same accommodation or workplace as other volunteers. We’ll try hard to meet any requests, please let us know if you have any preferences.
In some destinations, including Cambodia, China and Vietnam, volunteers live together in shared apartments. Volunteers on the majority of our Conservation & Environment projects also live together in a range of accommodation, from beach-side dormitories to wooden bungalows.
You should not expect western standards, but the accommodation is good by local standards. Although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests, please let us know if you have any preferences regarding accommodation or the type of area where you would like to stay.
In most destinations volunteers are able to buy a local sim card for their mobile phone. These are perfect for local calls to other volunteers and to keep in touch with our local staff in destination.
Generally, you should only use your host family’s phone in emergencies so the internet will be the best, and cheapest, way to contact home.
In terms of travelling, in general, women do not experience any more problems than perhaps the occasional curious stare. However, regardless of the country, it’s always a good idea to be careful and follow common sense advice.
Providing that you are aware of the possible dangers and prepared for the differences a foreign country will present to you, you should not have any problems. The two most important pieces of advice for a female traveller are to be aware of culture differences – in the way people act or dress – and always trust your gut instincts.