Volunteer in Archaeology Abroad

Back to Programs

A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Archaeology

Does the thought of unearthing a piece of world history with your bare hands attract you? If you are working toward a career in archaeology, anthropology, or international studies, interested in history and discovery, and want to find a meaningful way to spend time abroad, then consider volunteering abroad in archaeology. From such an amazing prospect, you should expect to get dirty while working as a part of a team in order to uncover portions of history all the while adding to your resume.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Archaeology

Archaeology volunteering abroad, widely known as “digging”, is a unique opportunity to experience a culture in a dynamic way by living and working amidst the local population and discovering parts of its history. Not only does participating in a volunteer abroad program demonstrate that you have spent time in the field, but the prospect of international work is an added bonus when it comes time for employment consideration or admission to graduate school.

This type of volunteerism demands consideration of culture and tradition of the native population on and off the job, a part of the experience that will surely provide you with an enlightened global perspective.


While archaeological dig sites exist across the Middle East, Europe, South America and elsewhere, these are just three of the most popular places to consider for archaeology volunteering programs abroad.

Israel is a hot spot for archaeology digs as well as a great resource for those without experience looking to volunteer abroad on a budget. Due to its plethora of dig sites, extensive funding, and relatively Western lifestyle, volunteers usually find Israel to be a great country to begin digging. Those with a personal interest in Biblical and/or Islamic history tend to flock to Israel, due to its extensive list of archaeology sites. Those who volunteer in Israel can choose from uncovering early Roman to Islamic history in Tiberius, joining the The Tel Bet Yerah Archaeology Project in search of Early Bronze Age relics, or digging around at Mount Zion located in the old city of Jerusalem, among others.

Romania. Known for its classical and medieval archaeological sites, Romania is a terrific place for volunteers looking to get hands on experience by participating in a dig. The best season for archaeology volunteering in Romania is generally around April to September, and dig locations may include Deva, Sarmizegetusa Cluj, as well as the Alba Museums.

Peru. Those interested in Incan history and archaeology gravitate to the Huyro, Lucumayo Valley in Peru. Archaeology volunteer programs in Peru typically accept volunteers with no experience who have a desire to learn about the ancient Incan civilization. Volunteers are expected to hike into most sites and share accommodation with locals in most programs, and every volunteer will have the chance to learn how the Inca civilization continues to influence modern day Peruvians.

Archaeology Volunteering Abroad

Archaeology volunteers often carry out required project tasks that would not otherwise be possible for local staff to complete, due to time constraints or heavy work loads. The tasks of every archaeology volunteer abroad will vary widely, since archaeology projects also vary widely. Archaeology volunteering programs abroad may entail working on construction projects, agricultural development, nature conservation, renovation of historical monuments, or assistance with archaeological research.

A good number of archaeology projects abroad run entirely or in part as field schools or courses designed for training future archaeologists. Therefore, some digs, or projects, can be rather exclusive, expensive, or have very strict requirements. It is important to do research in advance of prospective digs you might want to volunteer with and note the requirements they require for participation. Individuals can volunteer abroad in archaeology for anywhere from one week to multiple months, often the length of the program is dependent on the specifics of the dig and the time span of the project. Factors such as political situations, language barriers, permits, and weather may limit or greatly impact the quality or timing of a specific dig or archaeology volunteer program.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Full Circle Experience. Joining an excavation or field school abroad is an exciting opportunity which can be beneficial personally, professionally, and academically. Volunteers cultivate skills in communication, attention to detail, cultural sensitivity; they practice working within a team environment, as well as learn some archaeological techniques necessary to gain entrance into a field school or graduate program.

Labor Intensive. Volunteers are encouraged to come prepared before embarking on their journey by learning basic archaeological techniques, acquire a rudimentary knowledge of the culture and language in where you wish to work, vaccination against tetanus, and being capable of withstanding manual labor in extreme weather conditions. Digging involves considerable strenuous physical labor and thus participants need to prove themselves fit enough to be a beneficial member of the team.

Read More

A Guide To
Volunteering Abroad in Archaeology


 Find Archaeology Volunteer Programs Abroad Now


This listing has been saved 14 times

Environmental volunteering in Italy

Volunteers on the Environmental project work to preserve marine life and archaeological ruins along the Posillipo coast of Naples. The majority of volunteer tasks take place in the marine reserve which contains underwater ruins that have created artificial caves, channels, fishponds and walls enabling different types of marine life to flourish. The archaeological park also contains ruins of an ...


This listing has been saved 255 times

Volunteer Abroad & Make a REAL Difference - From US$175!

Find our Why More and More People are Choosing to Become a Love Volunteer! Love Volunteers is the most affordable way to volunteer and help local communities in developing countries! Why are we cheaper than other organisations? Firstly, we are just a handful of passionate people working hard to help volunteers and local communities around the world. We don't have huge overheads - no company ...


This listing has been saved 3 times

Inca Projects in Peru with Projects Abroad

Our Inca Project is a great choice if you are interested in archaeology and the history of the Inca civilization, and don't mind getting your hands dirty! While living immersed in the lifestyle of the local Peruvian people, you can gain hands-on experience in a range of archaeological and historical work and help with local community projects. Projects Abroad works with several local organiz...


This listing has been saved 99 times

Global Internship & Volunteer Programs with Connect-123!

Whether you're looking for a hands-on, career related internship that will set you apart from the crowd or a chance to use your skills with meaningful volunteer project, Connect-123 provides customized programs that are tailor-made for you. We run programs in five exciting international destinations: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Shanghai, Dublin and Barcelona! Our year-round, the ground team in...


This listing has been saved 13 times

Volunteer in Oaxaca, Mexico - Adelante Abroad

Make a positive impact in Mexico! Adelante Abroad offers affordable volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields and sectors in Oaxaca, Mexico including ecology internships and social work internships abroad. Oaxaca is one of the most bio-diverse areas in Mexico, known for the craft-work of local artisans. It is also home to warm spirited people and there are plenty of opportunities to give...


This listing has been saved 4 times

Thailand & Cambodia - 15 day volun-tour

A dual project and dual country volunteering option by Bamboo, this program offers plenty of wonderful opportunities. Experience 14 nights of wonder, adventure, and excitement in two different countries - Cambodia and Thailand! Participate in two very different and exciting projects, including a trip back in time - over 1,000 years - at the unbelievable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat....


This listing has been saved 11 times

ISA Service-Learning in San Jose, Costa Rica

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is in the central valley of the Costa Rican rainforest. As the cultural, economic, and political center of Costa Rica, San José is where most Costa Ricans live, work, and play. In San José, you will be able to experience a vibrant and busy Latin American metropolis while also having the rest of Costa Rica's pristine natural wonders nearby. ISA Service-Learn...


This listing has been saved 45 times

International Internships & Volunteer Programs in Colombia

The Intern Group is the leading provider of internship programs in the emerging market of Colombia! We provide international students with internships in top private companies, NGOs and state ministries. Our programs are regularly featured on CNN International and other mainstream media. Apply now for a wonderful experience and propel your professional development! Develop your Spanish langu...


This listing has been saved 4 times

Explore India: CHI's Volunteer and Internship Opportunities!

As a World Explorer in India, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to get to know the country and its people through various volunteer volunteer and internship opportunities. CHI works with its trusted partner to arrange 11 different types of volunteer opportunities and 26 different types of international internships in Jaipur, the Himalayas and Goa. Our partner offers a variety of vo...


This listing has been saved 9 times

Volunteer Abroad

Are you looking for a meaningful exprience overseas? Top Israel Interns has one of the widest networks of nonprofits and non-government organizations in Israel that are looking for passionate volunteers. Placements include a wide variety of organizations such as services for troubled youth, museums, medical organizations, think tanks, interfaith and intercultural centers, and much more. D...


This listing has been saved 32 times

Internship in Thailand with Asia Internship Program

Thanks to its geographical location, Thailand has become one of the most desirable destinations for businesses to settle in. As a fast-growing and highly internationalized market, it is a perfect place for any young professional to develop their skillset that will be beneficial for their future career path. With AIP assistance, we make it easier for you to find the right internship in Thail...


This listing has been saved 43 times

Custom Internships - Sacred Valley of the Incas, PERU!

Intern abroad with Linguistic Horizons in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located between Cusco & Machu Picchu! This program is ideal for people who want to go off the beaten path and have a truly immersive experience. You'll improve your Spanish, learn about the local culture of the people in Urubamba, and the indigenous Andean communities in the surrounding areas. Participants will inte...


This listing has been saved 28 times

Renovation, Construction & Social Work Volunteering - France

Volunteers For Peace, a Vermont-based nonprofit, has been offering volunteer projects around the world for over 30 years! In France, VFP offers over 400 volunteer projects each year. Volunteer projects center around renovation, construction, historic preservation, archaeology, festivals, environmental projects like trail building, park maintenance, education, organic farming, working with s...


This listing has been saved 28 times

Volunteer World: Best Volunteer Abroad Programs Worldwide

Looking to apply your talent and expertise to a good cause? Find a program that matches your interests and skills through Volunteer World! We are the largest volunteer abroad comparison platform around the globe, enabling you to seek and compare offers from major travel agencies as well as smaller grassroots NGOs and local specialists in more than 80 countries. All these with just one click! ...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Study Abroad + Service Learning in Arusha, Tanzania

Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha - a traditional and less populated city very close to many of the national parks and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub and is the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and hosts the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. This p...