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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Volunteer Work

Projects Abroad interns and staff prepare to host a medical outreach in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Projects Abroad does not have the capacity to offer scholarships and financial aid to volunteers. This is because we do not receive any outside financial support ourselves. Instead, the program fees you pay help support meaningful projects around the world and provide you with everything you need to volunteer abroad.

We are happy to help with suggestions and ideas on fundraising for your trip. There are lots of ways to raise the necessary funds and we recommend looking at as many of them as possible!

External Scholarships

While Projects Abroad cannot provide financial aid directly, the following external scholarships may be available to be applied to Projects Abroad programs. Please note Projects Abroad has no affiliation with any of these scholarships and cannot help you apply for or secure any possible funding they may offer.

  • Volunteer Forever: Fundraising website offers scholarships for volunteer and intern programs abroad. Their scholarships are updated at the beginning of every new season. Learn more...
  • SYTA Foundation: Twice a year scholarships are granted to those under the age of 25. Learn more…
  • Go Overseas: Travel website offers scholarships for people to volunteer, intern or take a gap year abroad. Learn more…
  • Check on to see if your university/college provides any scholarships or bursaries towards volunteering abroad.
  • Contact and check your municipal's website and regional district school board, many times these scholarships are not claimed! It is a matter of contacting and researching to find these scholarships. For example:
    • University of Alberta - Has a page dedicated on ways to fund an international experience, for volunteering/service work specifically there is the "The Indira V Samarasekera Scholarship in Global Education" award, which grants a maximum of $4,000. Learn more...
    • Toronto Catholic District School Board - Lists scholarships, awards, bursaries, and contests for students within the district school board and outside the school board. Learn more...
  • Contact your local rotary club.
  • Samuel Huntington Fund: If you are a Canadian graduating the upcoming year from a US university, and would like to volunteer for a year upon graduation, you can apply for this fund. Learn more...

Credit and Financial Aid

Many students join Projects Abroad with approval from their college or university. In this case it is sometimes possible to get credit or financial aid from your school directly. Please see our University Credit page for more information on how to apply for credit or financial aid from your school.

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