Gap Year Volunteering
Whatever your interest in volunteering there's something out there for you. Whether it's volunteer work with children and communities or getting work experience in teaching, healthcare or conservation. Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, and will really improve your CV giving you a great start in your career.
Find out about fantastic volunteering opportunities overseas by browsing the range of voluntary work projects below or check out our guides to volunteering in different countries by clicking on one of the following links -
- Volunteering in Africa
- Volunteering in Asia
- Volunteering in Australia
- Volunteering in Canada
- Volunteering in Europe
- Volunteering in New Zealand
- Volunteering in the USA
Gap Year Volunteering
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. IVHQ has supported over 40,000 people to volunteer abroad affordably in a variety of projects, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Turtle Conservation, Community Development, Construction and Renovation, and Wildlife Conservation.
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.
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.
Choose from over 300 exciting projects in 20 countries for an unforgetable adventure of a lifetime!!!
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.
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.
Do something inspiring. Create lasting change 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.
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.
Real Gap offers opportunities to volunteer whilst travelling.This a brilliant way to not only give back to your host destination but also great for your own personal development.
African Conservation provide all ages with the opportunity to work alongside experienced zoologists, conservationists, wildlife vets and reserve managers In southern Africa.
Gili Shark & Marine Conservation project is a small grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to marine and land conservation throughout the Gili Matra Marine Reserve in Indonesia through scientific research and data collection.
Providing affordable and worthwhile volunteer programs throughout Central and South America, as well as opportunities to learn Spanish. Browse through our exciting range of work abroad programs. Visit their website
So How Can You Volunteer in Your Year Out?
Volunteer work can be done almost anywhere in the world and can offer you an experience you will never forget. You don’t have to volunteer for a full year. Most gap year organisations run volunteering projects overseas and in the UK from a few weeks to a few months. If you want to volunteer in Africa, for example, you could get volunteer work building villages, helping in a hospital or teaching in schools. You could even get a position where you work with animals - perfect if you're passionate about wildlife and conservation, or are studying a related subject at university or college.
So what exactly is volunteering? How can you become a volunteer? Volunteering is basically when you give your time free of charge to help an organisation or a project. In return for your help, you get the chance to get involved with something really positive, to make a difference in a community, and add valuable work experience to your CV. You will also learn a lot about working with different people, and working as part of a team. Any employer will be impressed by a really good voluntary placement on a CV.
You can find voluntary work with organisations offering placements in developing countries such as those in Africa or South America, where they really appreciate having young, enthusiastic English speakers who can help out free of charge in communities or on conservation projects. Alternatively, you can volunteer in the UK with a charity, or in European countries if you can speak the relevant language. International volunteering has the advantage of including travel and the possibility of learning a language and about different cultures, as well as giving the chance to build it into a longer term travel plan for your year out. Volunteering with a UK based charity gives you the chance to get some work experience which might be relevant for your career choices. Whether you want to work in an orphanage as a community or medical volunteer or on a nature reserve as a conservation volunteer, the organisations in this section will have something to offer you.