Gap Travel for Volunteers

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 Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International


Volunteer on a Raleigh Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica and experience two very different countries and cultures. Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua or in remote areas of Costa Rica, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International




Sports Coaching Gap Year

Sports Coaching Gap Year


Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball or swimming. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world. Combine sport and travel passions and make a difference.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150


Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Cape Town

Support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Cape Town


The focus of this project is to care for and support abandoned and orphaned children in emergency care homes and after-school care facilities in Cape Town. Volunteers get to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all the while assisting with early childhood development.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

South Africa & Mozambique Adventure

South Africa & Mozambique Adventure


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
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150


PMGY offer some of the most amazing childcare volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Volunteer with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania

Volunteer with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania


Work with one of Africa’s most iconic tribes, the Maasai, near Africa's highest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro. Your support will give members of the tribe who have not had access to education as a child a second chance at education in adulthood, and empower them to earn an income for their family.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Australia Adventure

Australia Adventure


Select either our 7-day Australia Essentials program with 12 month Job seeking assistance, or our 5 week Australia Explore program which includes everything in the Essentials package plus a 3 week East Coast Adventure and a week of either Surf lessons, Outback ranch or Dive training - you decide!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Watersports Instructor Training

Watersports Instructor Training


UKSA’s Watersports Instructor training courses are a great way to kick-start your career. We give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor and we will train you in up to four disciplines.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Gap Year Programs in Latin America

Gap Year Programs in Latin America


Gap year programs are transformative. The more life experience you bring to university and to your career the more successful you will be. This is because you are more focused and more aware of what you actually want to do. There are so many great reasons to travel!
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Cook

Cook


Join modern catering enterprises at PGL's activity centres across the UK. set up to deliver excellence in both service and food, you'll work in a supportive environment and have a fantastic time.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Medical Work Experience

Medical Work Experience


Our projects offering medical experience are an excellent way to boost your university application and to give you a great foundation towards your medical degree. Get practical experience with both medicine and healthcare and at the same time be helping those who really need it.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor


Become a qualified ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. We include a Level One Ski Instructor course and are recruiting now!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide Ski

Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs


Looking to gain invaluable experience for your medical career and assist communities in real need? International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer programs for pre-medical and medical students in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America
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Make an enquiry with International Volunteer HQ

Fighting Global Warming and Poverty
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Fighting Global Warming and Poverty


18 months Work, Study and Travel program 6 months in St. Vincent * 6 months in Belize or Ecuador * 6 months in St. Vincent. As you train to become a development instructor you will be challenged to build your capacity and increase your understanding of the world.
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Make an enquiry with Richmond Vale Academy

Teaching in Livingstone, Zambia

Teaching in Livingstone, Zambia


Join us near the 'Adventure Capital' of Africa, Victoria Falls, and offer much-needed teaching assistance at under-staffed Zambian schools. This is an opportunity to give individual attention to children who really need it, assist local teachers, and to gain some valuable teaching abroad experience.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Europe Tour

Europe Tour


Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as we take you to 10 mind-blowing countries in just 25 days!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Expedition Leadership Training

Expedition Leadership Training


Quite possibly the best gap year on the planet! Join us on a four month expedition starting with training in the UK then leadership and survival training in the jungles of Central America. Jobs offered to the top candidates!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International


Volunteer on a Raleigh Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica and experience two very different countries and cultures. Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua or in remote areas of Costa Rica, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International


In Tanzania, our work focuses on improving community managed water and sanitation systems and building community resilience. You will gain experience of sustainable development work and help this incredible country to move forwards towards a secure future, whilst developing skills for yourself.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

 Sumatra Orangutan Protection

Sumatra Orangutan Protection


This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia Island adventure!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International

Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International


Join a Raleigh Expedition in Nepal for 5, 7 or 10-weeks. Nepal is a land that has captivated travellers for generations. Sandwiched between India and China it is at a cross roads of cultures and religions. With the vast Himalayas as its backdrop, few other countries rival Nepal’s natural beauty.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Climate Activism in the Caribbean

Climate Activism in the Caribbean


Join a 1 or 6 months intensive program with studies, courses and actions to make the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ready for Climate Change. 1 Month cost 900 USD. 6 Months cost 2900 USD.
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Make an enquiry with Richmond Vale Academy

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course


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
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Make an enquiry with Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Costa Rica Marine Adventure

Costa Rica Marine Adventure


Join our tropical Marine Conservation project in Costa Rica and scuba dive in one of the world's most stunning settings. Once fully trained, volunteer at our Sea Turtle conservation project and help protect marine life. Gain three PADI qualifications. See Manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales.
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Apprentice Activity Leader

Apprentice Activity Leader


We are getting ready for a huge year of adventure, and we would love you to be part of it. If you’re passionate about working in the outdoors, inspiring young people to learn through having fun and helping them to become the best they can be.
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Make an enquiry with Kingswood

Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year


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.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America

Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America


Maximo Nivel’s volunteer programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru provide unique opportunities to live and work in Latin America, while giving back to the global community and immersing yourself in the local culture.
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Go Make A Difference in Tanzania

Go Make A Difference in Tanzania


Go Make A Difference in Tanzania (Go MAD) is a small independent Christian charity headed up by experienced leaders, some of whom have led groups to Tanzania for 23 years. We offer people the chance to visit Tanzania and get involved in community development projects.
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Make an enquiry with Go Make A Difference

Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120


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.
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Make an enquiry with International Volunteer HQ

Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs


Are you willing to get your hands dirty to help make a difference in communities in need? International Volunteer HQ offers a range of outdoor work and agriculture volunteer programs in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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Make an enquiry with International Volunteer HQ

Paid Work

Paid Work


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!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Adventure Manager

Adventure Manager


Lead an adventure team and strive for the best outdoor residential centre in the UK. You will be responsible for all aspects of the operation from leading the staff team, liaising with the site regarding meals and accommodation and being the main contract for teachers whilst onsite.
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Make an enquiry with In 2 Action

Medical and HIV/Aids Volunteering in South Africa

Medical and HIV/Aids Volunteering in South Africa


As a medical volunteer in a rural Zulu area of South Africa, you will gain real insight into the daily struggles of those living in poverty. Through clinic work, home-based care initiatives and HIV education, you will make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Get Certified to Teach English Abroad

Get Certified to Teach English Abroad


Teaching English abroad is a life changing experience—travel the world, immerse yourself in new cultures, get international work experience, and be an ambassador for the English language.
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Dolphin Conservation in Zanzibar

Dolphin Conservation in Zanzibar


Help us protect Zanzibar's wild dolphin population by researching the impact that tourism is having on these amazing animals. You will get up-close encounters while learning how to swim ethically with dolphins, all the while contributing to marine conservation on this stunning tropical island.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Instructor Training + guaranteed job
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Instructor Training + guaranteed job


Over 2000 qualified ski and snowboard instructors, a 99% pass rate, a great reputation & 30+ top resorts across the globe! EA Ski and Snowboard training offer selected courses at the best rates in the industry. Training, exam, accommodation, lift pass, a guaranteed job offer and MORE!
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150


PMGY offer some of the most amazing teaching volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International

Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International


Raleigh Expeditions are a unique 3-in-1 opportunity to work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure challenges. We organise year-round volunteering programmes to Tanzania, Nepal, Malaysian Borneo, Nicaragua & Costa Rica for 4, 5, 7 and 10-weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Volunteer and Protect the Rainforests of Borneo

Volunteer and Protect the Rainforests of Borneo


Raleigh has delivered Expeditions in Malaysian Borneo for more than 30 years. Our final Expeditions in Borneo will depart in July and August. As a volunteer on our Expedition this summer, you have the chance to continue our work, and become part of the legacy Raleigh has created in Malaysian Borneo.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure


A trip to three of South East Asia’s most sought-after destinations. Encompassing both conservation-based volunteer projects and traditional backpacking, the South-East Asia adventure is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to set out on one of the world’s most iconic traveller routes.
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Sailing Adventure
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Sailing Adventure


A JST adventure is like no other! Join extraordinary crews on our tall ships, the only in the world that allow disabled and able-bodied people to sail together. We voyage to stunning locations around the world. No matter what sailing experience you have, you're set for a life-changing voyage!
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Make an enquiry with Jubilee Sailing Trust

Marine Scientist Training

Marine Scientist Training


Gain valuable experience in Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further studies. Based on our Marine Research Station in the Bahamas, working with the Bahamas National Trust to create a new Marine Park and Bahamas first "Green Nature" Island, you will learn gl
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Trusted and Affordable Sports Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Sports Volunteer Programs


Keen to share your love of sport with students from low income communities? International Volunteer HQ offers a range of affordable sports volunteer programs in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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Make an enquiry with International Volunteer HQ

Teaching and Youth Development in Cape Town

Teaching and Youth Development in Cape Town


As a teaching volunteer in Cape Town, you will educate, support and empower children who come from disadvantaged township communities. This is an exceptional opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world, while also contributing to the future of it's poorest citizens.
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Work as a Ski Instructor

Work as a Ski Instructor


Train with professional ski instructors and gain your own qualifications that will allow you to teach in the same season. Following your course, become a snow sports instructor in Canada or Romania and earn money whilst enjoying the season on these fantastic slopes!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships

Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships


Snow Trainers has teamed up with Coronet Peak to offer you an amazing opportunity to work and train with their legendary ski school. Based in beautiful Queenstown you'll train for your internationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualifications while gaining valuable work experience at the same time.
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Make an enquiry with Snow Trainers

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing wildlife conservation volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220


PMGY offer some of the most amazing medical volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 2-weeks to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Big 5 Wildlife Research in South Africa

Big 5 Wildlife Research in South Africa


By far the BEST way to see Africa's wild animals in their natural habitat is as a wildlife research volunteer! Join our team at our beautiful lodge in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa to study and monitor Africa's 'Big 5' animals (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos!).
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Make an enquiry with African Impact

Ski Instructor Course

Ski Instructor Course


Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of centrally located in Morzine, the largest town of the Portes Du Soleil ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world.
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

Adventure Instructor

Adventure Instructor


Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives.
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Make an enquiry with In 2 Action

Gap Year Snow Jobs
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Gap Year Snow Jobs


Looking for the ultimate winter Gap Year? Want to get paid to ski or snowboard instruct but aren't qualified? An instructor internship course is the answer! Train, qualify & work in a season. Courses run between Nov - April or June - Aug and participants must be at least an intermediate level
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure

5 Week Ultimate Gap Adventure


Do you love Amazing Outdoor Adventures? Always wanted to try something different? Up for a real adventure? We have an amazing 5 week adventure that might just be the best experience of your life!!
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Make an enquiry with Adventure Makers


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.