International Volunteering Projects for Duke of Edinburgh 

Volunteer in Costa Rica adventure activity

Projects Abroad are proud to provide exciting volunteering opportunities for anyone completing a Duke of Edinburgh Award. We have a range of High School Special projects for young people to get involved in, whether at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. By volunteering with us you can contribute towards the progress of their award and at the same time be a part of an exciting and worthwhile project with a group like-minded volunteers from around the world.


More and more people are choosing to volunteer with Projects Abroad as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. Projects Abroad has been specialising in arranging volunteer placements in the developing world since it was founded in 1992. Over the last two and a half decades we have sent over 100,000 volunteers from each corner of the globe to hundreds of different projects across 30 destinations. By choosing to complete sections of your award overseas, you will be able to have different experiences from those on offer at home.


For a full list of all of our approved projects that you can join (as an individual), please scroll down or visit the DofE website.


Weekend trip to Poas Volcano in Costa Rica
Weekend trip to Poas Volcano in Costa Rica

There are a wide range of volunteer trips that can be joined by a group completing their Duke of Edinburgh award. Our High School Specials are fully-structured programmes with 24/7 support from our in-country staff. Alongside your work as a volunteer, you’ll also have the chance to get involved in cultural and social activities, as well as amazing weekend excursions.

Every year, thousands of young volunteers join our High School Special projects. During their time overseas, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. You can find more about our volunteers’ achievements from our High School Specials Impact Report.


Group of volunteers on building project in Nepal

Projects Abroad are an Approved Activity Provider for specific High School Special projects, as listed below:

Projects Abroad are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This means Projects Abroad are licensed to facilitate the Residential section of the Gold Award.

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