An archaeologist closely examines an artefact during one of our Archaeology opportunities abroad in Peru.

Archaeology Opportunities Abroad

Work on archaeological sites alongside experienced professionals

Volunteer on an Archaeology Project with Projects Abroad and take part in documenting history.


Understanding the past teaches us about our present and our future. With a Projects Abroad Archaeological volunteering project you’ll really get your hands dirty and unearth the clues that teach us about human behaviour in the past and what it means to us now.


If you’re thinking about a future in this field of work, hands-on experience is key. You’ll connect with professionals and get the skills and experiences you need to really understand what archaeology in the field means. You will build your confidence and understanding, and your experiences will help your CV to really stand out.

Choose an Archaeology Project

Filters Sort by

1-4 of 4 Projects

Archaeology volunteering for teenagers in Peru also includes weekend trips to places like Machu Picchu.
Archaeology Volunteering in Peru for Teenagers

From $4095

See this project

Learn from archaeologists and work with a group to uncover ancient civilisations and history in Peru

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project analyse their findings.
Archaeology Volunteering in Romania for Teenagers

From $4770

See this project

Join a group of teenagers your age and help archaeologists uncover ancient civilisations in Eastern Europe

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A picture of a group of volunteers from Projects Abroad out on a dig during their archaeology volunteering in Peru.
Incan and Wari Archaeology Volunteering in Peru

From $3840

See this project

Work with experienced archaeologists on ancient Incan and Wari excavation sites in Peru

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An excavation site in which Projects Abroad volunteers carry out archaeology volunteering work in Romania.
Volunteer Archaeology in Romania

From $3970

See this project

Work with experienced archaeologists to preserve cultural sites and uncover ancient history throughout Romania

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

09 889 0587

or email:

to start planning your project

Is Archaeology volunteering right for me?

If you want to develop the skills that archaeologists rely on to unearth and protect stories of the past, this volunteer project is right for you.


You’ll be working alongside expert archaeologists, historians, and curators. You’ll be well supported by these experts as well as Projects Abroad staff.


You can join us even if you don’t have previous experience in this field. But if you’ve worked on archaeological projects before, we can place you in a role where your professional skills will be really valued. Projects Abroad offers volunteer opportunities at archaeological digs for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re in full-time education, preparing for a university course, or working on a postgraduate qualification. We also have placements for people who simply want to find out more about this fascinating area.


Some of the things you’ll do on these projects include restoration, excavation, writing reports, drawing maps and keeping field documents. Our projects run in some of the most important historical sites in the world, so you’ll know that your work is helping to protect these for future generations.


If you’re interested in field work that protect vulnerable parts of our planet, but feel Archaeology isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our Conservation & Environment Projects. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Volunteers take notes during a dig on one of our Archaeology opportunities abroad.

What will I gain from an Archaeology Project?

By joining one of our Archaeology volunteer opportunities, you’ll get the skills you need to fulfil your ambitions, while giving back to a community that needs help.

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:

  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Support and contact with professional archaeologists.
  • Experience in hands-on archaeology and field work.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

Why does this project matter?

Geology, history, art and engineering all come together to help us better understand the past. Your work on these projects will help us better understand ancient civilisations, as you map and document your findings. Generations of future archaeologists and historians may come to rely on your project’s contribution.

How are Projects Abroad’s Archaeology Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that really set it apart from other volunteering programmes:


Real work with trained professionals


On these projects, you’ll work alongside trained professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions and hear more about their experiences. You’ll pick up important practical skills, but also gain insight into the thinking that goes into archaeology.


Hands-on experience and practical skills


Our volunteers carry out their own tasks that are important for the overall project, so you can be sure you’re making a valuable contribution.

Projects Abroad staff guide volunteers during our Archaeology volunteer opportunities.

Next Steps

Not quite what you’re looking for?

Take a look at the following pages where you'll find collections of similar projects: