Summer Abroad Internships for Students
By the time you’re a serious student in your junior or senior year, you’ve probably heard all about internships. You’ve likely heard that they’re important and that’s hardly an understatement.
Why Should You Intern Abroad in the Summer?
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 75% of employers rate “relevant work experience” as one of the most important factors when hiring a new employee and as of 2015, 62.8% of graduating college seniors had participated in an internship, the highest percentage any year yet. The message is clear: in order to be competitive in today’s job market, good candidates for any job must have internship experience.
Luckily for most applicants, however, internships don’t have to be another check on their resume. Internships can be wonderful, fun opportunities to learn more about yourself and your discipline, all while getting some of that real-world work experience that the employers all desire. The good news is also that internships are everywhere and that interning abroad is an excellent way to combine purposeful work with world-altering travel abroad. More and more students and gap year adventurers are turning to internships abroad to help them prepare for the job market while also satisfying their wanderlust.
But why intern abroad rather in your own backyard? Other than great benefits like employability and the possibility of learning a new language, students who intern abroad have the opportunity to see their horizons - both figurative and literal - broaden with each new encounter. One major intended purpose of an internship is to give someone relatively new to a field a chance to try it on for size, even if the field isn’t exactly what a person thinks they would like to dedicate their life to. As a junior in college, I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to study abroad and Mahidol University International College. While I was there, I applied for an internship with a local English teaching program, mostly out of a desire to earn a few extra baht while I traveled. What I didn’t know, however, was that this would be my very first step into the career that I now love.
In this article, we’ll go over how to find an internships that fits you and your dreams, ten highly-recommended intern abroad placement programs that cater their projects to students, how to get started funding your internship abroad, and how to get college credit for your internship abroad.
How to Know if an Internship Program is Right for You:
Now that most community organizations and NGO’s have an online presence, finding and getting a good internship is easier than ever. A good way to start to find an internship is to explore organizations that do work that you support or aligns with your career interests. For example, if you want a career that involves working with animals in some capacity, it would be your best bet to Google and see what organizations are active with the conservation, care, or awareness of any particular animals that you’re interested in working with. If you know that you’re interested in doing a particular kind of work but aren’t sure about where you want to work, try looking at different internship placement programs (like the ones we have below) to see if any of their programs look like something for you. Many placement agencies can also individualize their programs, so don’t be afraid to reach out on a personal level to explain your passions and see if any group can direct you to an internship perfect for you.
As you look for an internship program, there are two main things to consider. First, realize that it’s best to intern with a program as closely tailored to your own career aspirations as possible. Some internships may be described vaguely on the internet, but it’s definitely worth a call to see if the particular internship is directly related to what you want to do. For example, if you’re interested in becoming a wildlife veterinarian, you might want to look into an internship that allows you to work with professional animal care workers and learn clear-cut, valuable skills that would be directly applicable when you begin looking at pathways to your career. Specialized skills like these are most likely going to be taught by the professionals who utilize them, so make sure that you choose a program that has on-staff professionals in the field of your interest.
Finding a good program also means finding a program that is going to be able to support you before, during, and after your internship. Traveling to another country to intern can be tricky for even the most seasoned traveler and downright intimidating if it’s your first time abroad. So, you want to be able to be connected to people who understand every step of your journey and are able to physically be available when the inevitable hiccup takes place. Many great programs have international and regional staff so that they are able to provide the physical assurance that only a real helping hand can guarantee. Even if smaller programs aren’t able to provide staff members in your home country and your host country, they should be able to quickly answer any queries you might have and provide reasonable solutions to any travel conundrum. A program that won’t respond to questions is a red flag-- do yourself a favor by reaching out to your program and making a personal connect before you commit just so you know that they’ll be there for you when it counts.
Finally, use your tools to compare intern abroad placement programs in order to make the best decision for you. We at Volunteer Forever built a sophisticated program reviewing platform for a reason-- we wanted to make it easier for interns and volunteers like you to find and connect to the programs that consistently provide the best services to the people they work with. So, check your reviews. Most intern abroad placement programs are able to create smooth, reassuring websites but only those that work truly hard for their interns will be able to inspire the interns to create an awesome review. If you want more than reviews, ask around within the intern abroad circles to ask specific questions about each program, such as whether the included housing is close enough to the internships or how involved the placement organization is once you’re abroad. Information like this is always better to have before you book your trip and will make a huge difference for your overall satisfaction.
Ten Amazing Intern Abroad Programs We Can’t Stop Recommending:
Here at Volunteer Forever, we see a lot of Intern Abroad programs and have learned, through the advice of our volunteers and interns, which programs are simply the best of the best. These are the kinds of programs that have been vetted by volunteers and interns just like you, have demonstrated effective, purposeful partnerships with local communities and are full of helpful staff dedicated to making sure that your trip is safe and successful. Here are ten great tried-and-true projects to get you started:
Global Vision International (GVI) (4.5/5 Stars)
Founded in 1997, GVI has arranged volunteer and intern abroad trips for over 25,000 participants and partners with organizations like Save The Children, WWF, PADI, The American Red Cross, and The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. GVI operates intern abroad programs in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America in countries like Mexico, Fiji, South Africa, Seychelles, and Thailand. GVI arranges internships in many kinds of specialties and disciplines with programs that vary in length from 6 to 24 weeks. Internships are arranged on a case-by-case basis and have rolling deadlines. GVI also encourages successful interns to make strong connections with their project and with GVI staff - many of its most successful interns have gone on to work for projects all over the globe or GVI itself.
GVI Internships to Check Out:
In this stunning internship, you’ll have the opportunity to work in pristine coastal rainforests along the coast of Costa Rica, with plenty of hands-on field experience and opportunities for excursions. Interns get to learn valuable, fundamental skills like biological sampling, conducting species surveys, and educating tourists and locals about conservation efforts in the area. This internship lasts for 24 weeks and is broken down into two 12-week cycles. Interns spend the first cycle learning skills necessary for their work-placements, which take up the next 12 weeks.
This internship places interns in beautiful Playa del Carmen working with a local branch of Save the Children, working alongside professionals to improve the life of local children and youth. This Community Development Internship includes a strong education component. Interns work alongside a dedicated mentor who guides them in the completion of tasks like lesson planning, classroom management, and helping create safe spaces for children away from drugs, violence, and abuse.
In Nepal, interns invested in creating opportunities for quality education for all children have the opportunity to work teaching abandoned and at-risk children in the breathtaking Himalayan Mountains. Interns work in Pokhara, a town popular with tourists that was damaged during the 2015 Earthquake. Interns work alongside local organizations to improve initiatives in local communities, help build education infrastructure, and introducing local youth to positive role models. Internships last for 24 weeks and include 12 weeks of training, accommodations in a local homestay, and frequent in-country support.
What Interns Have to Say About GVI:
The two months I spent on the Education Project in Fiji in 2011 were undoubtedly the best time of my life!! I feel like not only was I able to make an everlasting, positive change in the lives of many deserving children and families, but got to do so in one of the most beautiful places in the world with some of the most amazing people in the world. I helped to establish the first kindergarten at Ratu Meli Memorial School, and was able to use all of my teaching experience in doing so. To see it continuing to grow and develop today is absolutely amazing! The only word that comes even close to describing my experience is incredible, and that still is lighty ears away from doing it justice. It made me grow as a professional and a person, and I would definitely recommend it!!!-- Lisa in 2014
Maximo Nivel (4.9/5 Stars)
Founded in 2003, Maximo describes itself as the “Intercultural Center of Latin America” and facilitates volunteer and internship placements in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Perú. Maximo Nivel partners with local hospitals, schools, and other community organizations to place volunteers and interns where they can learn and make a difference. Maximo Nivel is especially well-known for its TEFL Certification/Internship Programs, which allow teachers to hybrid training program in which they study material from home and then complete their training in a local school under the guidance of a master teacher. All internships with Maximo Nivel have a minimum duration of 4 weeks and usually culminate in a final project, in which interns demonstrate the work that have done with their placement community. Note: Many of Maximo Nivel’s projects require interns to speak at least intermediate Spanish to be successful. However, Maximo Nivel also offers a Native Spanish Course to help interns bring their language skills up to the necessary level.
Maximo Nivel Internships to Check Out:
Micro-business interns work alongside small, local companies and typically focus on marketing, sales and client services, and accounting to help new businesses thrive in an ever-changing business world. Interns can expect to gain significant knowledge about business practices in the developing world, improve their business Spanish, and develop highly sought-after skills that will help them later in business school or during their own work as an entrepreneur. Interns should have an intermediate level of Spanish to be successful and need to have prior college or work experience in a field related to Business.
This internship places people passionate about special education in private schools working as a teacher’s aide to grow as an educator and work with some of the most at-risk students in Peruvian schools. Typical activities include shadowing lessons of master teachers, conducting lessons, working one-on-one with students with disabilities, and leading educational activities to engage all learners. Interns with experience in ASL are highly encouraged to apply and all interns need to be able to speak Spanish at an intermediate level to be effective in the classroom.
For many poor Costa Ricans, discrimination and disenfranchisement is an expected part of life. Because Maximo Nivel does not believe this to be a necessary reality, interns are needed to help build and maintain social justice programs in the urban areas of Costa Rica. Interns focus on tasks like community outreach, education, fundraising, and research to help improve the day-to-day life of people living in Costa Rica. Interns are required to be enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in Social Work, International Development, or a related discipline and are expected to create a final project demonstrating their impact and learning. Internships last a minimum of four weeks.
If you’re studying to become a teacher, Maximo Nivel offers an amazing opportunity through its education internship abroad. Through this internship, you’ll work in an English-speaking classroom at a private school, and can choose from placements in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. As an intern, you’ll work alongside a local teacher to gain experience and insight into leading a classroom, planning activities, assessing your students’ needs, and so much more, to develop your skills as a teacher. To apply, you must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program in education, secondary education, or a related field.
What Interns Have to Say About Maximo Nivel:
Máximo Nivel exceeded my expectations in just about every way. All of the staff went above and beyond in welcoming our group to Peru, orienting us in our medical campaign work, and showing us the city of Cusco. The cohesion and communication between our homestay, the Máximo staff, the drivers, etc. was extremely helpful in making our week go smoothly. I would absolutely recommend Máximo Nivel to friends!- Molly, in 2016
Projects Abroad (4.6/ 5 Stars)
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 and is now one of the largest volunteer and intern placement organizations in the industry, with over 10,000 alums across the globe. Projects Abroad operates placements in over twenty-five countries in all kinds of specialties from medicine and healthcare to journalism to advocacy and human rights. Internship timelines vary and can start on any date, depending on the availability of the program, but typically last from four to twelve weeks. Projects Abroad maintains an in-country staff for each of its placements and includes housing, meals, travel insurance, and work-related transportation as part of their program costs.
Projects Abroad Internships to Check Out:
We particularly urge potential interns to check out their Human Rights Internship in Mongolia, where interns have the opportunity to work in the city of Ulaanbaatar with different local organizations to help secure and protect the human rights of Mongolian citizens, of which 30% live below the poverty line. As Mongolia undergoes rapid economic and legal development, interns have an opportunity to work with local organizations fighting for a more humanitarian Mongolia. Interns are expected to have some experience working with human rights and are encouraged to apply if they are working on a degree related to human rights. All interns stay with local host families and are provided with local transportation, comprehensive health insurance, and in-country support throughout the entire internship process.
An excellent experience for anyone interested in working with wild birds of prey, this internship in Guadalajara introduces interns to a few of the 30 species of birds of prey native to Mexico. Interns work with local rescue groups to care for and rehabilitate birds injured in the wild so that endangered and at-risk species are able to successfully cohabitate with humans. Interns are encouraged to join the project from October to March, when the wildlife rescue is most active, and stay at least two weeks. All interns are placed with local host families and are provided with local transportation, comprehensive health insurance, and in-country support throughout the entire internship process.
In this internship, film savvy interns have the opportunity to work alongside local teachers teaching film to Tanzanian students. Interns work with a local youth organization dedicated to helping teens realize the possibilities of film in Africa and assist the team with trainings, productions of local films, and other creative and technical aspects of film production. Interns accepted into this project should have at least one year’s experience with film studies and should preferably be enrolled in a film studies degree. All interns are placed with local host families and are provided with local transportation, comprehensive health insurance, and in-country support throughout the entire internship process.
What Interns Have to Say About Projects Abroad:
Open water scuba diving? Exploring marine life? Working with turtles? UH, YES PLEASE - sign me up!!!
This was my exact reaction when i stumbled upon the Projects Abroad Marine Conservation and Diving project in Krabi, Thailand, and i was definitely NOT disappointed! ...I don’t have enough positive things to say about the staff... the boat staff, dive masters and project leaders were all fantastic, accommodating and super welcoming and fun! One of my favourite parts about travelling with projects abroad is that they leave time in the week for the volunteers to have freedom and independence to tour Thailand on their own! On weekends and after work the volunteers I had made connections with and I took boat tours, went to the beach, went to the bars and clubs, and visited temples and climbed mountains. This trip was the PERFECT balance of tourism, fun, volunteer work and education. - Mikayla, in 2016
Love Volunteers (4.5/5 Stars)
Love Volunteers works hard to provide over 120 individualized, productive placements for volunteers and interns in over 30 countries across the globe. Founded by volunteers who sought to find the best way possible to make change through international aid, Love Volunteers prioritizes safety, quality, and affordability when planning intern abroad placements. Love Volunteers works with local partners to introduce interns to viable, community-supported projects where they can learn and make a difference. Love Volunteers has a strong program for interns interested in the medical field, with health and medicine internships in Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
Love Volunteers Internships to Check Out:
Interns passionate about women’s equality and empowerment won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to work with the Women’s Refugee Centre in Bangkok Thailand. Interns help engage with professionals who support local Thai women who have been subjected to cruel hardships such as abandonment, sexual abuse, human trafficking, or poverty. Interns participate in activities like teaching English, teaching marketable skills, improving the women’s feelings of self-worth and caring for their children while they pursue higher education or jobs.Interns are provided with accommodations in a local Volunteer Home and are provided with continuous in-country support.
Green-thumbed interns should check out this internship that helps connect the urban gardening movement to some of Rio’s poorest inhabitants. Interns participate in tasks like designing and implementing gardening projects, encouraging community garden involvement among families living in poverty, and educating about the benefits of healthy, home-growth food.Interns with interests or backgrounds in horticulture, urban gardening, or environmental science are strongly encouraged to apply. Interns are provided with accommodations in a top-rated local youth hostel.
Prospective interns interested in participating in finding solutions for one of the most community-dissolving diseases in the world should consider applying to this internship in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe that connects interns to local HIV/AIDS relief organizations with the goal of supporting children and families severely traumatized by the disease. Interns help provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, participate in after-school activities, and be empowered through activities and games. Interns are provided with accommodations through local host families in order to be more fully immersed in Zimbabwean culture.
What Interns Have to Say About Love Volunteers:
Love Volunteers is such an amazing organization. I can't stress enough how kind and helpful they were doing the whole trip process. They were happy to answer any question I asked, and made the process as smooth as possible. I would recommend Love Volunteers to everyone. I can't thank them enough for helping give me this opportunity. It easily was the greatest experience of my life, and I can't wait to do it again.- Delaney, in 2015
International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) NGO Support (4.5/5 Stars)
International Volunteer Headquarters, a major volunteer and intern placement organization based out of New Zealand, has recently started it’s NGO Support program, which allows skilled interns to work “help build capacity and support the long-term goals” of NGOs and community organizations all across the globe. Support projects are available in the areas of Information Technology, Research, Nonprofit Management, Website Development, Teaching English, and other specialized skills as needs arise from NGOs, which are often limited by funding and capacity in the work that they do. NGO Support Internships are currently available in Cambodia, Ecuador, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, and Spain.
IVHQ NGO Support Internships to Check Out:
One interesting NGO Support opportunity provided by IVHQ is their Creative Technologies Internship in Spain, in which interns help local NGO’s and community organizations increase their online presence so that they can better serve their purpose. Interns typically work with a local team to support a specific NGO, tailoring their skills to address the needs and deficits of the NGO’s local presence. Interns with considerable experience website development, graphic design, videography, or photography are especially encouraged to apply, as these are typically the focuses of NGO support in Spain.
Prospective interns interested in the day-to-day work of Non-governmental agencies in Romania should apply to this internship that connects interns with local NGOs to provide support to the NGO’s mission. Interns are able to apply for an internship with a variety of local NGOs with different types of missions. This is an excellent internship for interns looking to work in the world of international aid or as part of a local nonprofit or community development group.
What Interns Have to Say About International Volunteer HQ:
What can I say about my time in San Jose, Costa Rica? I initially chose to go to San Jose to see a different rhythm of life. I chose IVHQ because of their great ratings for support. I've traveled before, and I can attest that I will be using IVHQ again! First, they have an orientation, and and the in country NGO that has super friendly staff ready to help out with anything and everything you need. Having the right support and preparation, in and out of country, is critical. IVHQ did an incredible job in that area. The placement was perfect for me. I'll never forget a moment of my time teaching English in La Carpio.- Danielle, in 2015
Volunteering Solutions (4.8/5 Stars)
With 122 different placements in over 20 countries, Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) is a great choice for interns looking for a program that combines quantity with quality. Volunteering Solutions prides itself on its strong community partners and offers internships in the fields of medicine and healthcare, childcare, wildlife conservation, and women’s empowerment in interesting locations like Thailand, Morocco, Ghana, and Tanzania.
Volunteering Solutions Internships to Check Out:
Medically-minded interns should be particularly interested in VolSol’s Medical Internship in Kathmandu, Nepal, which places students or professionals with a medical or nursing background with local hospitals and clinics to ensure that quality healthcare is provided for all Nepali citizens regardless of income. Interns are placed in local private or public hospitals and are able to engage in a very hands-on experience that will give them a realistic picture of medical care in Nepal. This internship is particularly suited to pre-medical college students or students entering medical school. However, internships are tailored to the skill level of the intern, so all interns interested in a career in medicine are encouraged to apply.
In this exciting internship, interns are placed in dental clinics throughout the region and work alongside professional dentists to help provide oral care to underserved communities around Palampur, India. This internship has been especially developed for dental students and is tiered so that first and second-year dental students spend the majority of their time engaging in clinic support tasks and observing dental procedures while third and fourth-year dental students actually engage with the dental team in providing care through routine procedures and surgeries. This program is designed to be two weeks long and interns are provided with accommodations and transportation.
What Interns Have to Say About Volunteering Solutions:
I volunteered as a medical internship at Palampur, India in the summer of 2015...Upon reaching Palampur and following my program, I can happily say that the program exceed all my expectations. The program directors at Palampur are extremely caring. They care and look after you as family. I was one of several volunteers from various countries; it was fun meeting other volunteers. Due to this diversity, I was able to learn how the medical system works in other countries outside of the United States. Also, the clinic...taught me a lot about how medicine works in India. The doctor taught me how to effectively and efficiently diagnose the scores of patients he would see on any given day. I was also exposed to conducting and reading ECG's... All in all, Palampur was a phenomenal experience. I definitely recommend doing the Medical Internship program in Palampur, in fact, I greatly encourage it.- Kishan, 2016
Fronteering Travel Services is a full-service volunteer and intern abroad placement organization catering to volunteers and interns who want to support sustainable, community-driven projects and love to be in nature. Because Fronteering Travel Services plans trips to some of the most remote locations, they use cutting edge technology to guarantee the safety of all of their volunteers, which isn’t always easy to do in places with no cellular service, and equip each trip with a medically-certified staff member. Fronteering coordinates internships and volunteer placements in fourteen different countries including Jordan, Scotland, Guyana, and Belize.
Fronteering Travel Services Internships to Check Out:
Interns will be extremely impressed with Fronteering’s Amazon Internship in Guyana and think it would be a great choice for students looking to work in the fields of Information Technology, Hospitality, and Accounting, which are the three focuses of the Amazon project. Interns work to train the local Amerindian population in one of these three focus areas and help them maintain and support their local eco-lodge which seeks to undermine poaching as the major tourist attraction of the area by introducing tourists to the beautiful native Amazonian culture. This project is especially appropriate for interns looking to use their skills to provide a more sustainable future for one of the most endangered cultures on the planet.
In this internship, interns have the opportunity to live in one of the world’s most livable cities and participate as part of Vancouver’s strong environmental advocacy sector. Interns work alongside local organizations to ensure that Vancouver stays healthy and beautiful and gain real-world, applicable experience that is likely to be useful when applying for graduate school or an environmentally focused job.
What Interns Have to Say about Fronteering:
"The whole experience was amazing! They were such a loving family and I learned so much being with them. I picked up a whole lot of the portuguese too, which I’m using quite successfully in Paulinia, Sao Paulo, Brazil. If you want the full run down, I kept a log of my travels by posting in a blog everyday - trevorsouthamerica.blogspot.ca I put a bunch of pictures there too."- Trevor, 2016
Naturally Africa Volunteers offers internships lasting from 2-12 weeks in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana. Strongly committed to preserving relationships with positive, effective local projects, Naturally Africa Volunteers guarantees the following for each volunteer: low prices, transparency about how money is spent, the promise that they will not be displacing any local workers as they intern or volunteers, and that they will be constantly safe and supported throughout their journey.
Naturally Africa Volunteers Internships to Check Out:
In this project, interns have the opportunity to work within local schools that seek to educate students with few staff and even fewer resources. Volunteers participate daily in the schools, working with children ages six-fourteen and are able to work within the content that they are most comfortable with. In the afternoon, interns are able to participate in teaching the children gardening skills, computer literacy, or a number of other programs offered by the individual schools. Naturally Africa encourages prospective interns of all skill sets to apply.
Interns looking to gain experience in the medical field should look into this project, which allows interns the opportunity to work alongside permanent staff to provide medical care to local citizens, participate in health outreach programs, and support HIV/AIDS support groups. Internships are scaffolded to fit the skills of the interns, meaning that if you are experienced enough, you can help out with the wound care sessions that are a cornerstone of the Lake Malawi Healthcare Project. Internships are offered year-round on a rolling basis and last from four to twelve weeks.
Interns working with this project work to engage at-risk you with extra-curricular activities, leading sports like soccer and netball to teach the students teamwork and leadership skills. Because of the nature of the poverty in the area, children typically form their own toys out of recycled materials. With the help of interns, children are able to participate in tournaments and other group exercises that help develop skills that help them later in life. Interns are partnered with one teacher and class and stay with them throughout the day, assisting the partner teacher however necessary. Internships are offered on a rolling basis and last from four to twelve weeks.
What Volunteers Have to Say About Naturally Africa Volunteers:
A great experience. Easy to organise, value for money, basic but good accommodations and food, and the most fabulous support at ground level. Nothing was too much trouble for them in order for the volunteers to feel comfortable and at home. It was well structured and supported throughout, with enjoyable and worthwhile projects. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make a difference whilst also enjoying themselves. Ideal for students taking a gap year, or for a summer holiday project, but also fine for the olde volunteer such as myself!- Lesley, 2016
A Broader View Volunteers Corp (5/5 stars)
Last but not least, A Broader View was founded in 2007 and is based out of Pennsylvania, United States. Seeking to use volunteering to create a better, more interconnected world, A Broader View supports over 250 programs in 25 countries and connects highly motivated volunteers with local partners invested in work around community development, youth empowerment, education, conservation, the arts, and much more. With so many programs in so many great countries like Cambodia, Argentina, Rwanda, and Costa Rica, A Broader View uses its strong and knowledgeable staff and partner relations to arrange consistently strong intern and volunteer abroad trip.
A Broader View Internships to Check Out
Interns interested in marine conservation should look into ABV’s Sea Turtle Internship in Costa Rica, which partners with The Beach Investigation Program to protect and conserve sea turtle nests while educating tourists about how to best save this endangered species. This internships is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the language and culture of Costa Rica, all while supporting a project extremely vital to the local sea turtle population and to the Costa Rican marine ecosystem.
Nurses or pre-nursing students should consider applying to this hands-on internship in Tanzania, which has interns join local teams of medical professionals in a district hospital outside Arusha. Interns are involved with the day-to-day running of hospitals and participate based on their own skills and training. Internships last from 2 to 8 weeks and include an in-country orientation, transportation to and from a 40-hour workweek, and accommodations at a local volunteer house.
Founded in 1995, this project provides equine and canine therapy for children, youth, and adults with mental or physical disabilities. Interns interested in physical or occupational therapy should consider applying in order to participate in a hands-on, immersive program that connects people with animals through links of empathy and compassion. Interns should expect to assist in the care of the horses and other animals, participate in therapy sessions with patients, and assist in administrative efforts. Internships last from 1 to 12 weeks and include accommodations with a local host family.
What Interns Have to Say About A Broader View:
My time at the Kathmandu Orthopedic Hospital after the big earthquake was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I gained an immense amount of experience...and have also met so many amazing people and networked with countless Nepali surgeons at the hospital along with American surgeons here for relief aid. The coordinator was more than accommodating and provided all the information and things I needed to succeed in the program. He showed me how to get to and from the hospital safely using buses and also showed me around the city so that I knew where to visit on my days off.- Yousef, 2015
What About College Credit?
If you’re worried about interning abroad during the semester and how that might affect your graduation plan, we’ve got you covered. Different programs are able to offer college credit hours for internships on a case-by-case basis and can likely give you more information about how they’ve done this before when you inquire. While this is definitely something that you want to confirm with your college’s Study Abroad Office, it is common practice that programs provide credit when skills equivalent to a college course are being taught. If a program does not offer equivalent college credit, you should also try asking to see if you can participate in a collegiate independent study for you college in which you write a paper following your internship experience. While this doesn’t work for every college and may include other work or qualifications, it’s definitely worth checking out and can be a great way to offset the costs of an intern abroad experience.
Funding Your Internship
As you plan your internship abroad, it’s easy to get discouraged when considering the mounting costs of travel, accommodations, program fees, and visas. The simple truth is that interning abroad can be expensive, even when every cost-cutting measure is taken and you live as simply as possible. To help interns and volunteers cope with the costs of interning abroad, most volunteers turn to crowdsourced fundraising to help raise money to cover their costs. Prospective interns just like you have used Volunteer Forever’s fundraising platform to raise thousands of dollars to help them pursue their dreams, all through using their connections at home and at school to leverage their support groups. Fundraising can seem like a daunting task at first, but has proven simple and effective for hundreds of volunteers and interns. Simply check out how it works, create your profile, and get started in preparing for the learning experience of a lifetime. If you’re still a bit nervous, look here, here, and here get great advice from volunteers and interns just like you who have done it and went on to intern and volunteer abroad.
With a great program, funding, and college credit covered, it is time for you to learn and travel and gain experience in a field that could grow into your life’s work.
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