A group of people clear ground for a new playground at a disadvantaged school during their short-term volunteer trip to Jamaica.

Short-term Overseas Volunteering

Become part of our ongoing efforts to support communities in need, even if you can only travel for a short period of time

Don’t have enough time to volunteer abroad for a long period of time? No worries! We’re able to connect you with long-term and sustainable projects in places where your help is needed most.

You won’t be part of a quick fix. Instead, you’ll be part of our ongoing efforts to meet specific goals in developing countries where extra support is critical. We work directly with local community members and organisations, ensuring that our work meets real needs. You'll still be part of this even if you're only volunteering for a short period on a Flexi Trip, Team Trip, or High School Special.

We have a number of short term volunteer trips available for you to do. You can join from one to two-weeks and more. Even though you’re with us for a short time, we’ll provide you with the same hassle-free approach and 24/7 support from staff that we provide our longer-term volunteers.

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From $3,820 AUD

Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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Live in a remote part of the Southern African bushveld and join our effort to protect elephants and other local wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.

From $3,545 AUD

Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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Live in the Kenyan wilderness and join our efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.

From $3,820 AUD

Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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Help protect the diverse, endemic species of lush Madagascan rainforests

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children are taught by female volunteers working with children in Cambodia inside a community care centre to further their childhood development.

From $2,420 AUD

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia
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Work with children in Cambodia and provide a fun and supportive environment for them to learn and grow in

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A female intern is pictured taking part in testing blood sugar levels whilst on her public health internship in Cambodia.

From $2,420 AUD

Public Health Internship in Cambodia
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Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.

From $2,120 AUD

Nursing Internship in Nepal
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Shadow nurses in hospitals or clinics and gain practical work experience during outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From $2,595 AUD

Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,595 AUD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of interns from Projects Abroad during a screening and conducting assessments whilst on theri public health internship in the Phillippines.

From $2,995 AUD

Public Health Internship in the Philippines
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Gain practical experience conducting basic medical checks and raising awareness to prevent diseases

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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What can I do on a short-term volunteer trip?

You can take part in a number of short-term overseas volunteering opportunities. We offer various trips that you can join throughout the year.


Our Flexi Trips are exactly what the label says: flexible programmes tailored to your goals and availability. You can pick your own start and end dates, as these projects run throughout the year no matter how many volunteers we have. You’ll have some independence, but you’ll also have support from our in-country staff whenever you need it. It’s a great option for travellers over the age of 16.


Here are some of our favourite short-term volunteer projects abroad:


  • Help build houses, classrooms, playgrounds, and toilets on a Building Project in countries like Nepal, the Philippines, Jamaica, or Ghana. It’s a great choice if you’d like to see the physical results of your work.
  • Travel to Mexico to save endangered sea turtles, help with reforestation efforts in the Amazon Rainforest, and more at our Conservation Projects around the world.
  • Get some medical work experience and give back to local communities on a Public Health Project. You’ll learn basic medical skills and use them during outreaches.  


These projects are a snapshot of what our volunteers do everyday around the world. Interested in learning more? You can check out more of our programmes here.

A Sri Lankan woman has her blood sugar levels checked by a student on a short-term volunteer trip overseas.

Short-term overseas volunteering for groups

If you prefer volunteering with a group, you can join one of our short-term trips over fixed dates. This is the perfect opportunity to team-up with passionate volunteers from around the world who’re also eager to make a difference. With a group, you’ll work toward achieving a goal together.


If you’re between the ages of 15-18, we recommend you join our High School Specials. You can join for 2 or 4 weeks throughout the summer months and winter break.


If you’re over 18 years old and looking to volunteer in a group on a short-term project, try our Team Trips abroad.


We have our Grown-up Specials for volunteers over the age of 50 who prefer travelling with a group.


Even though you have a short time to complete your project work on a fixed-date trip, you can still expect to:


  • Have supervision and support from our staff throughout your trip
  • Work with passionate volunteers from all over the world
  • Take part in organised weekend trips and see the country’s sights

Will I make a real difference on a short term volunteer trip?

With many hands working towards the same goals, we can achieve great things. This is a longstanding viewpoint of ours. It means that even on a short volunteering trip, you can still make a difference and discover what you’re capable of.  


To ensure that we make a positive impact in the areas where we work, we have plans in place. We plan, monitor and evaluate all our projects in close consultation with local communities. We’re constantly doing rigorous impact assessments as standard practice. This means that you’re actively contributing to deserving projects while you learn and grow.  


As a short term volunteer abroad, you’ll also continue work that previous volunteers have started or completed. After you leave, more volunteers will follow to continue the work you did.

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