Career Breaks

Career Breaks for Professionals 

Here at Volunteering Journeys, we believe that it’s never too late to travel and to take a year out. It’s not just gap year students or graduates who can benefit from volunteering abroad; working professionals can too. Taking a break from your job can be a fantastic move for career. A career break can help you develop both personally and professionally, and if you choose to come and volunteer with us, you will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give back, help others, and contribute to the wider mission of Volunteering Journeys and the non-profit organisations we partner with. To make the world a better, safer and kinder place to live in.

Our volunteering projects span several locations across the globe, including India, Nepal, Cambodia,Sri Lanka, Mozambique, South Africa, and Peru. Our aim is to work closely with NGOs and grassroots organisations to make a positive change in poor, disadvantaged communities. We quite often work with schools, families and local groups – so people are at the heart of everything we do. The lives we touch mean a lot to us, and we believe that these deep connections can give our own lives meaning. Not only do our career break programs allow you to add a whole new set of skills to your repertoire, but volunteering abroad can be a life changing experience, one that will enrich your existence with learning and unforgettable memories.

The places we choose to volunteer in are often in dire need of supplies and resources, aid and medical support, housing or education. So the programs we have created for our volunteering career breakers are designed to look at solving these problems. There are a number of different projects suitable for career breaker volunteers, ranging from teaching abroad, women’s empowerment and counselling, NGO work and community outreach work, legal placements and medical volunteering to marine and animal conservation. So there’s something for every interest, passion or career path. Whilst some of these programs are suited for specific vocational backgrounds, we have many that are suitable for everyone.

One of the best things about travelling with Volunteering Journeys is our flexibility and our ability to fit in with your travel plans. Our goal is to provide the most amazing, exciting and culturally immersive experience for professionals looking to take a break from work. So career break volunteering with us can last anywhere from as little as 1 week to 12 weeks. We know that getting time away from a high-flying job isn’t always easy. So even if you only have a short amount of time to spare, you can still apply with us for an uplifting volunteering experience abroad. However long you plan to spend with us and whatever volunteering venture you embark upon with our team, we can guarantee that you’ll be surrounded by great people. Because people are at the heart of our organisation, and we hope you’ll join us soon in making friends for life.

Why Volunteer during your Career Break?


New Life Experiences

Find true meaning in life with our amazing volunteering experiences for career breakers. Our programs are designed to uplift you through cultural learning and connections with others


Travel the World

It’s never too late to take time out and see the world. If you didn’t enjoy a gap year during your studies, a career break can be the perfect way to expand your horizons.


Develop New Skills

People are often unaware that their employers advocate sabbatical travel, but many do. There are benefits not only to you personally, but to your professional career too and companies recognise this.


Help Those in Need

If you’re a successful professional and want to give back to the world, our volunteer programs will help you get hands on in a number of ways. Join us and help others by donating your time…



“To know where we are going, we must know where we come from. Our community outreach programme is aimed at bringing about a positive change to the area we belong. To ensure that our other interventions met with success, a community outreach programme was becoming a necessity. Volunteers will be helping to raise awareness on the need of education and basic health and hygiene ”

Vinita Saraf, Ektara Foundation, Kolkata Volunteer Program

Volunteer Projects for Career Breakers

Professional Nurses and Medics.
Help in busy hospitals or work with projects to advance healthcare in local communities. Perfect for travelling doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals !

Build Schools and Homes
Get your hands dirty and get involved in high impact projects where you can help to build schools and homes in rural Nepal!

Teaching in Asia
POPULAR! Our teaching programs are a huge hit with career breakers from any background. Ideal for qualified teachers taking a break or anyone who would like to support and teach primary English to children.

Women’s Empowerment in India
Get involved with education and income generation projects helping women’s groups in India.A truly amazing project where you work with adults.

Sports Coaching in Sri Lanka
Get involved with a great sports programs in Southern Sri Lanka helping children with cricket, volleyball and swimming! And you live five minutes from the beach!

Work with wildlife in South Africa
Bring out the wild side in you and help conservationists on a popular game reserve with the BIG 5 animals in South Africa. A truly fun and wild experience!

Women’s Empowerment in South Africa
If you have skills related to income generation activities or mentoring then this program is for you! Join an amazing group of women who are keen to learn and expand their skills. We welcome anyone with any background on this inspiring program in the sensational country of South Africa!

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