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Tailor-made Group Trips

Custom Volunteer Group Programmes for Five or More

Since 1992, we’ve been sending volunteer groups abroad to make a difference in communities around the world. It’s our global network of volunteers, local staff, project partners, and host families that make this happen. Group travel has been a key part of our success, since the very beginning. Our group trips are built to fit your needs, so you can do things like:

  • Get academic credit as a class
  • Gather service hours for your group
  • Experience an exciting and different form of team building
  • Work together to make a real impact

Volunteer groups have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in nearly any field, while exploring a new environment and connecting with the local community. Our wide range of projects and destinations give you the flexibility to tailor your trip to fit the dates you have available, the field you wish to work in, and the destination you choose to explore. So whether you want to build a school in Africa, study the biology of the Amazon Rainforest, or take your group on a sports tour in South East Asia, our staff will work with you to plan your perfect trip!

Watch our video below to learn more about our bespoke group trips:

We’ll work with you to create a custom schedule that fits the unique needs of your group. Before your trip, our experienced staff will walk you through the details, including fundraising, planning, pre-departure, and what to expect. We’ll even come and meet with your group to discuss everything that you needed to know. Our full-time local staff will then be with you on the ground from when you arrive at the airport until you leave at the end of your trip. They’ll provide assistance, answer questions and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Whether you’re a family or a group of friends, a teacher looking to organise a school trip abroad, or a company looking for a more meaningful, team-building trip, our dedicated team will work with you to plan your perfect overseas experience. It doesn’t matter whether you join the project for a week, a month or even longer, the work that your group does will make a difference, because it’s all part of a bigger picture. Get in touch with Projects Abroad to find the project and destination that is best for you.

Why Organise a Group Trip Through Projects Abroad?

  • We offer great flexibility and variety, and our projects run year-round. This means you can choose your start date and project duration.
  • Projects Abroad offer a wide range of programmes, including Childcare, Building, Conservation, Sports and more.
  • Each Group Trip is catered to your needs and interests. When you book, you can let us know if you have any special requests, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
  • Our projects can be tailored to your curriculum, so whether you’re looking to cover a specific biology topic or you have a checklist that needs to be completed for University, we'll work with you and your educational advisor to accommodate this.
  • We have dedicated support staff in each country to ensure a smooth and professional experience. They're available 24/7 to assist you with anything you might need and they’ll be there to give you a comprehensive induction and orientation.
  • Before you go, our staff can meet with your group so that everyone is prepared and ready for their trip. This is the perfect time to get fundraising advice, ask questions and customise your schedule.
  • We can provide any health & safety, curricular or support documentation that you need, as well as advice on fundraising, visas and even help booking flights.
  • The price of your Group Trip covers food, water, accommodation, airport transfers, transport to and from your placement, project materials, staff support, cultural tours, and weekend excursions.
  • In your time off on weekends, we'll organise exciting activities and trips so that you can all make the most of your time in-country.

Types of Groups

Over the last decade, we’ve organised group volunteer opportunities abroad for people from various backgrounds and institutions around the world. Whether it's school expeditions, companies rewarding their employees, or families looking to give something back on their next holiday, we’ve worked with them all. As Projects Abroad is a global organisation, these groups aren’t just from the UK. In recent years we have worked with many groups from Australia, the United States, Canada, Europe, China, the UAE, and Japan.

Since 2011, these have included over 150 school and college volunteer trips, over 100 university trips, girl guides from every corner of the UK, various scout volunteer groups, corporate trips for global companies, and a huge variety of family trips from around the world.  

Each type of group is unique in its own way and will therefore come with differing needs and levels of customisation. If you know what type of groups yours will be and you want to find out more about how we can tailor a trip just for you, please click on the appropriate link below to find out more.

School & College Groups

A high school student on a bespoke group trip with his peers observes birds in Mexico.

Our school & college group trips are designed around your curriculum to provide your students with a challenging, worthwhile, and eye-opening experience overseas. We believe that we can provide the best group volunteer abroad programmes for students.

Read more about our group volunteer trips for schools and colleges.

University Groups

A student from Westpoint University gives a presentation to children in Vietnam during his group volunteer trip.

Whether it’s to give something back, learn new skills, explore a new part of the world, or gain practical work experience for your degree, we’ll make sure you have the best experience when you volunteer abroad. University students can be safe knowing that we will organise everything for them.

Read more about our group volunteer trips for university students.

Scout & Girl Guide Groups

An Anglia Girl Guide plants seeds at a school during her group volunteer trip to Cambodia.

Whether you’re a Scouts volunteer, a Girl Guiding leader, a Young Farmer, or an Air Cadet, we’ll organise a trip that is bespoke for your group and provides everything you need to watch your group give back and grow as individuals.

Read more about our custom volunteer trips for groups like Scouts and Girl Guides.

Corporate Groups

A corporate group on a bespoke volunteer trip at their building site in Costa Rica.

Our corporate volunteer programmes are designed to give you and your colleagues a unique bonding experience helping people and communities in need, all in the comfort of knowing that Projects Abroad will take care of everything so that you can continue with your work. This is perfect opportunity to help your CSR and perhaps even reward your employees.

Read more about our organised volunteer trips for corporate groups.

Group Case Studies

Year after year, we send volunteer groups from all walks of life to experience unique and customised, overseas mission trips. Many groups and schools even book multiple trips every year. We work tirelessly to make sure that we offer the best group volunteer opportunities abroad, but don’t just take our word for it!

Have a read through group reviews and testimonials below to find out what others think. See what they experienced, what work they completed, and what suggestions they have for you and your group when deciding on your volunteer project overseas.

If you’d like to find out more directly from one of the teachers or group leaders, please get in touch with us. We’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with them so that you have the chance to speak with someone who has not only been away with us, but has experienced the project that you’re interested in!

What do others say?

“Taricaya the reserve was great as was the entire project, all the students experienced all elements of the itinerary as promised! They are a phenomenal team with such a clear aim and cause being promoted for indigenous wildlife and in situ conservation. The project was well organised and had a good flow as all of our students were constantly occupied either conducting surveys, caring for the animals in the rehabilitation reserve or being lectured on conservation methods. The staff are incredible and accommodating. We were thrilled with it all and cannot wait to return to the Peruvian rainforest! Such a great, great experience!”

Evangelos Achilleos, Capel Manor College Group Leader

“Despite having to use all of our strength and stamina, we were having an amazing time; it was so fun to do something so different. While sometimes we were homesick, overwhelmed or tired, the thing that I will remember is how brilliant this whole experience was. This has been a trip which shall be unforgettable for all of us. All of us left Ghana having changed slightly as people, becoming more grateful, social, accepting and understanding than before.”

Katherine, Ella, Gracie, Reyna, Maya, Lauren, Emma, Katie, Duston Rangers

“This trip was like none I’d ever done before. We travelled all the way to Asia, met up with Latymer Upper School from England, learnt some Nepali and got to work in a placement of our choice. These placements linked to the UN's three Sustainable Development Goals of No Poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education. Nepal is full of loving people, people that have struggled all their life and people who are working to help their country improve and achieve these goals. The next time this trip will be run is 2020. This was an amazing experience and I hope everyone will consider going on this trip in the future.”

Irene & Lauren, Students of Holy Trinity School, Ontario, Canada

All of our placements are fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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