Countries – Cambodia, Thailand
Career – Marine biologist
Marine biology is the study of life in the ocean and other areas such as wetlands. As a marine biologist, you could spend your time studying creatures as tiny as microscopic plankton all the way up to the blue whale, the largest creature in the sea.
Life in the sea has been a fascination for thousands of years, as it provides an interesting way to understand the world in
which we live.
Experience on an overseas project – such as the work taking place on the Gulf of Thailand or the Andaman Sea Coast – will be invaluable in your future career as a marine biologist. Learn how to scuba dive, collect data and perform beach clean-ups to assist in the documentation and protection of our planet’s varied sea-life.
Countries – Peru, Romania
Career – Archaeologist
Archaeologists have an important role in uncovering the cultures of the past through looking at the physical remains. Elements of history, architecture, art and anthropology are all included in their daily work. International volunteer placements through Projects-Abroad.co.uk will enable you to experience as much of this diversity of work as possible.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, volunteers can spend time working on significant archaeological sites as well as on organised expeditions for new ones. A Romanian placement enables volunteers to work on a number of different sites, from Neolithic through to Medieval times.
Countries – Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica
Career – Journalist (print, radio or TV)
If you are thinking about going after a job in the media, a volunteer placement as a journalist could really help you out. Volunteer print journalists can get a great idea of how publications are run as well as building up a personal portfolio of work which will be invaluable for future job applications.
Radio and TV placements will provide similar amounts of experience in broadcasting and production.
Whether you want to work on an Argentinian magazine run by street children, a community television station in Costa Rica or a combination of print and broadcast work in Jamaica, a journalism placement on one of the available international volunteer programmes will set you up for an influential career in the media.
Countries – South Africa, Vietnam
Career – A whole range of roles in International Development
Getting into a career in International Development is notoriously difficult without experience. There are many different roles available to those in the know, such as emergency relief, consultancy, research and managing an NGO, but a voluntary placement will do wonders for your CV in the first instance.
In South Africa, volunteers can work with a variety of NGOs around Cape Town, helping to enhance the surrounding communities. In Vietnam, International Development volunteers can help to tackle problems such as HIV, mental health problems, prostitution and drug abuse.
Volunteering on one of these programmes will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the problems faced by communities around the world.
Countries – China, Mongolia
Career – Lawyer
The legal sector is very competitive with employers constantly looking for applicants who stand out from the crowd. A law placement will give you the chance to gain valuable experience while making a difference to other people’s lives.
China has an increasingly open economy, with many western businesses needing legal advice in setting up new divisions of their companies. In Mongolia, law volunteers are able to help a wide range of clients in economic and legal fields.
Any international law placement will be an important asset for your CV while preparing you for your future career in a legal profession.