In this section of our site you can find organisations who can offer you fantastic volunteering opportunities and placements that are based on working with communities. This may involve voluntary work with orphanages, schools, coaching programs, hospitals or even building or water management projects in developing countries. These kind of communities may value your input as an educated English speaker, who can make a contribution in their villages or towns. If this sounds like the sort of thing that you are interested in getting involved with, then browse the opportunities in this section to find your ideal voluntary placement in destinations such as Africa, Asia, or India.
If you are more interested in working with animals, wildlife or the natural world, take a look at our conservation section.
Spend from 2 weeks to 24 months volunteering, working or interning on any continent in the world with BUNAC, the work and volunteer abroad experts.
Volunteer to work in an ethical and responsible volunteer project, with the full support of Outreach International. Outreach offer a personal service to help volunteers find the placement where they can offer the most and enjoy a rich cultural and personal experience throughout.
Over 150 projects across 27 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to volunteer or intern from two weeks to six months in the fields of: wildlife and environmental conservation, medical and health, community projects, NGO and business development, sports, teaching and education.
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year.
Fantastic volunteer and internship opportunities for 16 – 75 year olds. Projects run in 28 countries and include Teaching, Care, Community, Sports, Medicine, Conservation, Law and Human Rights and Journalism placements.
Voted Best Gap Year Company by the Sunday Times. Volunteering, Internships, Summer Gap and Equine placements across Africa, South America and Asia. All programmes contain their unique mix of projects, locations and challenges.
Volunteer with Raleigh International and work alongside local people to create lasting change. Raleigh expeditions take place in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania. Our expeditions aren’t holidays. They’re challenging and life-changing. If you’ve got the motivation and dedication to make a difference, we want to hear from you.
Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.
Gap Year Volunteering with Communities
Working with communities can be a life-changing experience, where your own skills and experience are put to the test, and you can learn how to work as part of a team. You can also get a better understanding of how other people live, and the needs of developing countries.
Your contribution as a volunteer, even on a short term placement, can make a significant difference to a community if it is well organised and you understand what you will be asked to do. A longer term placement or project can really make a difference but also add to your own CV and work experience.
Browse the organisations on this page to find out more about gap year voluntary projects, or take a look at our conservation volunteering page to explore options in that area.