Youth Development volunteer teaches her students how to pronounce English words correctly in Sri Lanka.

Youth and Community Development Projects Abroad

Assist with youth and child development projects overseas that empower the younger generation

Travel abroad and become a source of inspiration in our Youth Development Volunteering Projects by helping shape the young minds of the 21st century.

You’ll be involved with:

  • Equipping children with skills and confidence to make good decisions
  • Organising debates and other fun educational activities
  • Sporting events and teaching children teamwork

Assisting with the development of these children is a good way to understand the problems they face. Our Youth Development volunteer programs abroad will give you the chance to make a long-term impact on the future of these kids. Your help will improve their confidence as you interact and learn about each other's cultures.

You’ll stay with local host families and experience what being in a new country is really like. On the days you aren’t working you can explore the city or go on guided tours. You’ll also meet volunteers and other like-minded individuals with whom you can share stories.

Choose a Youth and Community Development Project

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Youth development volunteers run an educational activity for the children in Belize.

From $4,115 NZD

Youth Development & Community Volunteer Work in Belize
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Do a volunteer project with local youth in Belize and empower them through anti-bullying campaigns and mentoring programmes

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Students stand in the doorway of their classroom in Nepal.

From $2,720 NZD

Youth Empowerment in Nepal
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Empower future leaders through skills development and educational activities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over 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.

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Is a Youth and Community Development Project abroad right for me?

A Youth Development Project abroad is a great fit for you if want to be part of the positive growth of children. You’ll get hands-on experience on running campaigns and development programmes that aim to educate and involve children in all sorts of activities. These include sports, exploring their creativity, helping them understand conservation, and setting goals.

You need no experience to join and you’ll work alongside qualified teachers and professionals. They’ll appreciate the extra help. You’ll need to manage your time well while on the project and have good logistic skills.

The child and youth development project will improve your communication, planning, patience, and be a great talking point for future interviews. 

The Youth Development Project runs year-round and you can stay for a minimum of one week, but we recommend staying longer to have an even greater impact.

Students in China take part in sports activities that encourage youth development.

What will I gain from the Youth Development Project abroad?

Helping with the youth and community development project abroad gives you a great experience in social work and provides insights for a career in teaching as well. You’ll be addressing real needs in the community and contribute towards its growth. The project will also teach you the importance of nurture and motivation at a young age.

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

  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Experience in social issues, rehabilitation and care
  • The ability to work and empathize with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone

Why does child and youth development matter?

Youth Development is more than just helping them decide what career they want to follow when they are older. It’s about giving the children you work with a better opportunity to grow and learn outside of their education. 

Youth community development projects teaches kids basic life skills such as teamwork, discipline, time management, confidence, and leadership which will help them do well later in life.

How are our Youth Development Projects abroad different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical and well supported. Here are just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteer programmes.

Be fully supported by staff

On a youth community development project overseas, you’ll work alongside members of the local area and Projects Abroad staff. They will help you plan your work and be on hand to advise you as and when you need help.

Recording our work in a secure database

We have created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual children in our projects to track their development.

Projects that have an impact

All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term through our Management Plans. You’ll be able to see the difference your time can have on individuals and a community.

Youth Development volunteer paints a playground jungle gym in Jamaica.

Our Child Protection Policy

We take the safety of the children and young people we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Child Protection Policy.

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