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Short Term Placements and Internships

ProjeVolunteer takes notes on a placementcts Abroad provides practical, safe and sustainable service learning programmes and internships for universities across Australia and beyond.

Offering placements in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, Projects Abroad maintains full time members of staff in each country, which provides a great deal of student support and an excellent connection to the communities in which students will spend their time. There are over 400 Projects Abroad employees across the 30 destinations dedicated to student and setting support.

With tailored programmes for individuals or groups of students, Projects Abroad offers variety and flexibility as well as all logistical support. This includes all in-country arrangements such as accommodation, meals, transport, language classes and translation, as well as a comprehensive pre-departure planning and preparation service.

Variety and Flexibility 

For individual students or for faculty-led groups, Projects Abroad offers a well-established, well supported and professional range of programmes, which includes:

  • Nursing & Allied Health
  • Education
  • Disability Care
  • Conservation
  • Human Rights & International Development
  • Law and Commerce
  • Microfinance
  • Journalism

The placements are a mix of local agencies and initiatives established by Projects Abroad. All supervision is via local professionals, for example, the Human Rights programme in Cape Town is led by South African lawyers employed by Projects Abroad, and the Community Health Project in Cambodia by local nurses, while students on Journalism internships would work at commercial print and radio outlets under professional supervision.

Undergraduates - Adam Spong"My decision to come here rewarded me with a wealth of medical learning, interesting experiences and an opportunity to make some great friends. In total I spent seven weeks working in several departments at the Mongolian State 2nd General Hospital. I began my time in the Anaesthetic/Intensive Care Department which provided me with a fascinating contrast to the medical system at home, where I had just spent the last three weeks working in the same specialty."

Adam Spong
Medical Elective Volunteer in Mongolia

Benefits for Students and the Community

EstabA student volunteering on a Projects Abroad Medicine project overseas in Argentinalished in 1992, Projects Abroad has successfully arranged credit bearing placements for students from most universities across Australia and has developed larger programmes for faculties at Latrobe University, the University of Sydney, CQUniversity, Charles Sturt University and the University of Adelaide, among others.

As international experience becomes ever more sought after, Projects Abroad provides supported opportunities for students to gain a broader context with regards to their studies and the chance to apply their practice with a new set of challenges.

Through immersion, students learn to interpret and embrace a new culture, they gain humility and the ability to reflect on two sides of a story. Having purpose in their travels gives unique insight, teaches resourcefulness, creativity and perspective. For students to gain so much in terms of personal development is invaluable, and to be able to do so while contributing to long term goals, Projects Abroad frames all its placements around making the students’ time overseas worthwhile and educational for all.

 Contact the Projects Abroad team in Adelaide on 1300 132 831 or

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