A voluntourist help a child with her reading and writing skills at a school in Belize.

What is voluntourism?

Become part of ongoing efforts to support sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture

A combination of volunteering and tourism, voluntourism is a popular form of international travel. You use your time and energy to help others while exploring a different country and culture. At Projects Abroad, we take volunteer tourism a step further.


With us, you won’t just help and explore as a volunteer, you’ll discover what you’re capable of. We provide the gold standard of safety and support, helping you fulfill your potential and create positive change in the world. We believe in long-term, sustainable solutions and working directly with local communities. To help us achieve this, we have the support of passionate volunteers and dedicated, in-country staff


Each of our projects offers a hassle-free experience. You can volunteer abroad or do an international internship. We also offer cultural exchange programmes.

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Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From 7690 AED

Volunteer Conservation Work in the Himalayas in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.

From 7690 AED

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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Work on life skills and basic education with children in colourful and vibrant Tanzania

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad interns gain micro-finance work experience in Tanzania advising entrepreneurs

From 8565 AED

Micro-finance Internship in Tanzania
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Support female entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities in Tanzania and help them secure financial independence

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana

From 6795 AED

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From 6195 AED

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal
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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From 5295 AED

Volunteer with Children in Nepal
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

From 9595 AED

Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand
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Live and work in Thailand, and become part of our efforts to protect marine life and the environment

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child in Ghana

From 6795 AED

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From 9165 AED

Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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Do volunteer work with children in South Africa and focus on supporting early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Voluntourists visit the small business they helped a local man build with the support of Projects Abroad.

How does volunteer tourism benefit the community?

There are a number of ways that voluntourism can benefit local people:


  • When you contribute to a well-run and sustainable project, you’re helping to implement long-term development. Use your skills, time, and energy to make a difference that will last long after you’ve returned home. By helping a local teacher improve their English and classroom skills through a Teaching Project, you’ll indirectly impact the children they teach. When you help a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a Microfinance Project, you’re helping support an entire family for years to come.
  • By participating in voluntourism, you’re contributing to the local economy. In their free time, most volunteers go sightseeing, like game drives and island tours. Many developing countries rely heavily on the income from tourism. In this way, voluntourism companies and volunteers support local businesses.
  • Voluntourism companies employ local staff. Projects Abroad employs dedicated, in-country staff wherever we work. We’re not just committed to helping you discover what you’re capable of. We do the same for our staff.


Volunteering tourism is increasingly popular and it’s important to carefully research the organisation you’re considering travelling with. Experience, sustainability, and financial responsibility are essential to running programmes that benefit local people.


Changing individuals and communities is one of our core values. We’re implementing real change through our projects. We plan, monitor, and evaluate all our projects in close consultation with local communities, conducting rigorous impact assessments as standard practice. You can read more about our values and who we are here, as well as our impact.

Voluntourism Opportunities: More than just volunteering and sightseeing

With volunteering tourism, you’re well placed to make a tangible impact on the people you work and live with. You’ll also learn about the culture and traditions first-hand.


When they’re abroad, most of our volunteers live with local host families. Your host family will welcome you into their home and help you become part of the community. You’ll share their daily lives and learn their customs, which most tourists never experience.


When you choose to join a voluntourism programme, you’re also joining a global network of volunteers. Our volunteers come from all over the world. You’ll find that most of them share your passion for giving back and your desire to broaden your horizons.

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