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Volunteering abroad as a part of a Career-Break

Our Volunteers, Career Break Volunteers - Nomad Mountain Horses

Increasing numbers of people are volunteering with Projects Abroad following a period, or even many years, spent in full-time employment. They may have chosen to take time out voluntarily, or had to leave work for other reasons, such as redundancy, but the relative levels of skill and experience they bring with them means that Career-Break volunteers are always greatly valued by the organisations we work with. This means that there is plenty of scope for Career-Break volunteers to gain work-experience in new and exciting areas of work, such as Journalism or Business.

Volunteer Abroad while on a Leave of Absence or a Holiday

Perhaps you are perfectly happy in your chosen career, but just want some time away to explore a particular area of interest, or even just to help others? Our minimum project length of one month means that you can volunteer on one of our projects during paid annual leave - on selected Care projects there is even the possibility of doing just two weeks. Many teachers even chose to volunteer with us for the whole of their six week summer break!

More and more employers are starting to see the value of offering their staff longer periods of unpaid absence, during which the volunteer can satisfy their wanderlust, safe in the knowledge that they still have a secure job at the end of it. Employers may even be willing to finance some of the costs of a voluntary project, providing there is some tangible benefit in doing so. We can help you to provide any relevant information once you have applied.

Meet one of our Career-Break Volunteers

Our Volunteers, Career Break Volunteers - Pamela Jenner "I decided to become a volunteer because I wanted a break from my job after seventeen years. I wanted a challenge but I felt nervous about 'going it alone' and felt I needed the support of an organisation. My Care project proved to be immensely varied and rewarding. I worked on a special complex in Tamil Nadu for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. I took part in village outreach projects, held workshops with young women to help them build up self-esteem, and I taught English and learnt some physiotherapy techniques as well as meeting a whole host of fascinating people, including the grandson of a former Independence Fighter and a Gandhi Peace Prize winner."
Pamela Jenner - Care in India
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