If you are opting for volunteer work you will not get paid, but voluntary work, usually in the form of helping others with projects that they could not otherwise afford to undertake, can often be the most rewarding type of gap year. We have too many options to list everything on this page, but have selected a few of our current favourites. Please use the following search to discover plenty more volunteer projects.
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120
Gap Year Provider: International Volunteer HQ, 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.
Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America
Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Worldwide
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.
Conservation Gap Year
Australia, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Namibia, S.Africa, Malaysia, Borneo, Romania, Ecuador
Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Africa, Asia & Australasia
If you’re looking for a chance to get your hands dirty volunteering to help underprivileged communities with construction projects, look no further! Aiming to improve the quality of life for under-privileged citizens,the construction work improves the local living conditions.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course
Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire UK
Aside from the opportunity to work alongside Bear’s skilled team as the Academy grows on an international scale, passing the course provides an accredited, professional qualification that equips participants with the necessary skills for leadership & teaching adventurous training at various events
Guarantee a TEFL Job with an i-to-i TEFL Course
If you want to get abroad, travel and teach English, why not take a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course with i-to-i TEFL. Our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schoo
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.
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
Ski Instructor Course
Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of Val d' Isere, the Mecca of European Snowsports, Skiforce is based in the only ski school in Val D'Isere that runs full Instructor Courses. The Ultimate Val D'Isere Instructor Course with free Heli ski!
Teach English Abroad
A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.
Chalet Host Cookery Course
At The Hive Cookery School we run one and two week courses in the French Alps, teaching aspiring chalet hosts how to be the best in the business! We teach all you need to know to run a chalet confidently and capably, and help you to secure work with reputable ski companies.
South Africa Wildlife Volunteer
Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa! Your adventure starts with an action-packed week introducing you to the customs and culture of South Africa. Next you volunteer with the Big 5 on a Wildlife conservation project before heading
Volunteer in Central America
A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua is a unique opportunity to experience incredible cultures and help tackle poverty in some of the most beautiful places on earth. You will be working towards: Community resilience, Environment volunteering and an exhilarating adventure trek.
Medical Experience Abroad
By volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project you will have the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by medical institutions across the developing world. You will have the chance to gain work experience whilst helping some of the poorest people in the world.
Accredited Online & Classroom TEFL Courses
With leading online and classroom courses available across the UK, rest assured that our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schools across the world - perfect for a Gap Year!
Voluntary Conservation Projects Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, exciting conservation projects Worldwide - From rehabilitating the gorgeous Orang-utans in Borneo, to remote Rainforest Research to Swimming with endangered Great White Sharks in South Africa - We have over 50 projects to choose from!
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!
Wyld Seasonaire Cookery Course
Wandsworth London SW18
Over 2 weeks you will: *Develop your cookery skills & build recipe repertoire *Create a great CV & hone your interview skills *Know your A-Z of kitchen safety & time management *Put together Meal Plans on a budget. *Get the inside track on house-keeping tips & service skills
The volunteer gap year courses above are just a small selection of what we can offer. Use the following search to discover lots more gap year volunteering options:
While developing countries may have the greatest need for volunteers, volunteering work is available in all corners of the world. We list a wide variety of different types of volunteer work, including community development, teaching, ecological conservation, marine management, sports coaching, research, working with children, working with animals, and much more.
Often the voluntary work you will undertake will have a huge benefit to the local environment or community, lending a much needed hand, and genuinely inspiring others by example. But there is no harm in thinking about the benefits for you personally. So why should you volunteer?
- You will get the opportunity to meet new people, often from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Working with a diverse group of people will help develop your team work skills and give you new knowledge - this may include new skills and undiscovered talents that you did not previously know you possessed.
- You will also develop excellent time management skills as most volunteer projects are not as strictly controlled as "nine until five" paid work. Though thorough training and support is usually available.
- You will be able to build your personal skills. Working with and talking to your fellow volunteers will aid your communication skills and your overall confidence will receive a boost.
- The work experience you will gain could quite easily lead to a new career path when you get home. You could also benefit from the ideas and experiences learned on your gap to further your existing carrer upon your return.
- You will have great fun. There is little point going on a year out if you are not going to enjoy it. Through meeting and helping other people, and really making a difference, you are bound to enjoy yourself.
Finally, don't forget to update your CV after you return from your volunteer work. Volunteer experience can look great next to your formal qualifications and is often viewed favourably by employers.