Au Pairs, Nannies and Child Care Assistants are in demand throughout the world, so if you have previous experience of working with children, or you would like to gain some practical training, take a look at the options and information below. From an educational perspective, hands on child care will give you valuable experience before a college or degree course and the new skills and evidence of responsibility will look good on your CV.
Live with a Chinese host family and teach their children English - Wanderlust Au Pair China
Gap Year Provider: Wanderlust Au Pair China, China
By offering 30-35 hours of live-in childcare and English teaching per week, you have an opportunity to explore Chinese culture through weekly Mandarin classes, culture immersion activities held by Wanderlust and your day-to-day colorful life with your host family.
Volunteer in Childcare around the world
Gap Year Provider: International Volunteer HQ,
We try to make our volunteer programmes affordable to nearly everyone while keeping the high level of quality people expect from us. IVHQ are the worlds leading volunteer organisation, to find out more get in touch.
Adventure Road Trip and Community Development
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. You will visit some of the most beautiful landmarks in your chosen country, and also involved with some local communities along the way.
Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. After this fun packed orientation you will be able to begin on your volunteer project, from Teaching, Conservation, Construction or Healthcare.
Swap It - Making all our options free.
Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team are dedicated to helping people volunteer around the world, explore new cultures and have great adventures! At some point we have all been out of work, students, stuck on low paying jobs etc. To help as much as possible Swap It offers you all of our options for free.
Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection
Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team Child Car programs support a range of children and their needs. These children could have been abandoned, have learning difficulties or suffered abuse. Working with local teams you can learn new child care and social care skills, use your life experience in real life situations.
Childcare Gap Year
Brazil, Chile, Canada, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania
Volunteering on childcare projects puts beaming smiles on the faces of vulnerable children. By simple interaction and play, be part of helping children learn English and supporting their carers who really appreciate your help. Oyster offer worthwhile projects in Africa, North and South America.
Housekeeping Assistant, France
PGL's Housekeeping Assistant roles in France are a good platform to get started in hospitality and fantastic job to enjoy with a team of like-minded people from around the world. First impressions are always important and you can help deliver a positive and lasting first impression for our guests.
Teaching Jobs Abroad
South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, Romania, Brazil, Chile, China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
Canada, Romania, Brazil, South Africa
Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball, swimming or skiing. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world or enjoy combining your love of skiing or snowboarding with instructing. Combine sport and travel passions and make a difference
Paid Work Abroad
Work abroad and enhance your future career by taking up a paid job in America, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain, Prague or Italy. Fund your travels and enhance your CV in the worlds top locations.
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa and Asia. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months.
Volunteering Teaching Projects Worldwide (English, Music & many other subjects)
Make a fulfilling difference in one of our outstanding teaching projects Worldwide. Whether it's Teaching Refugee Children in Perth, Australia - Extremely poor children on a township in South Africa or Primary Children in India we are sure to find your ideal Teaching placement.
Teaching Jobs Abroad
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine gain valuable experience teaching and a qualification with our TEFL courses.
Work Experience & Internships Overseas
Placements available Worldwide
Get an outstanding point of difference entry on your CV or gain valuable work experience with a placement or internship overseas! With over 30 fields available - Travellers Worldwide has the choice & expertise to find you the right experience.
Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds
Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.
Au Pair Jobs Abroad
Smaller Earth are the UK's leading overseas Au Pair company. We match thousands of participants to families across the globe in countries such as America, Spain, Italy, China and New Zealand. With placements lasting from 3 months to a year, we have the perfect international job waiting for you.
Voluntary Care Projects Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, worthwhile care projects Worldwide - From a Kindergarten in Bali to a Crèche in Brazil to caring for Orphans in Brazil. With over 30 placements in 13 countries Travellers Worldwide will have the ideal opportunity for you!
Voluntary Sports Teaching & Coaching Projects Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, exciting sports teaching or coaching projects Worldwide - From Polo in Argentina to Football in Brazil to a Sports Internship in Australia, with over 20 projects in 9 countries Travellers Worldwide will have the ideal sports project for you.
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120
Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations.
Australia, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, New Zealand
Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand.Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals and enhance your CV!
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
Working in Childcare is a unique and rewarding way of spending your Gap Year, especially if you're considering making it a career when you return. From an educational perspective, hands on child care will give you valuable experience before a college or degree course and the new skills and evidence of responsibility will look good on your CV. There are lots of options available all over the world for anyone who wants to spend their Gap Year in childcare.
These can include working in an Orphanage or Children's Home, becoming a private Au Pair, or being a Nanny for the winter season in one of the many Ski resorts. Many of the large Gap Year providers offer a childcare programme, often working with underprivileged and neglected children in the developing world. Offering care, support and stimulation to these children can have a significant impact on their lives, and is therefore one of the most worthwhile ways to spend your year out.
These placements can be paid or voluntary positions and some may require a formal qualification, although the majority don't. It's always worth checking with the provider before you commit to anything. If you're thinking of planning a Childcare Gap Year, have a look at some of the opportunities listed below. Not only could you be working in some fantastic destinations and experiencing new cultures, you can also return from your year out knowing you've made a positive contribution to children's lives.