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.


Ski Instructor Course
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Ski Instructor Course


Choose life in the mountains and make your gap year count by qualifying as a ski instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun and training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfers
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Make an enquiry with The Winter Sports Company

Conservation Gap Year
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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 in Costa Rica with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Costa Rica with Raleigh International


Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart 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

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

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses


Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
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Make an enquiry with Galileo Maritime Academy

Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job

Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job


Rockley want to nurture and develop the next generation of watersports instructors, giving young people access to achieving qualifications with one of the world's leading providers of professional watersports training, whilst reducing the costs associated with accessing that training.
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Make an enquiry with Rockley

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

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

The Mountain Cookery School

The Mountain Cookery School


The ski chalet-focused Mountain Cookery School is THE place to learn to become an A* chalet host. 1 and 2 week courses on-location in Tignes include all you need to succeed - transfers from Geneva, private accommodation, all food, equipment and course materials. Prices start from £549 for 7 days...
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Make an enquiry with Skiworld

Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK


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

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

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

7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler
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7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler


Gain your ski instructor qualifications and become a pro in just 7 weeks on our course in Whistler Blackcomb. If you are short on time, this is one of the quickest ways to get your CSIA Level 1 and 2. Exam fees included. This course also includes the Avalanche Skills Level 1 course!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide Ski

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.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

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

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

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

Ski Instructor Course
SPECIAL OFFER!

Ski Instructor Course


Choose life in the mountains and make your gap year count by qualifying as a ski instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun and training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfers
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with The Winter Sports Company

Snowboard Instructor Course
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Snowboard Instructor Course


Choose life in the mountains, make your gap year count by qualifying as a snowboard instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun & training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfer
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with The Winter Sports Company

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

6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme


6 weeks of an intensive, professional outdoor instructor training programme including the key Internationally recognised qualifications employers within the Watersports sector are looking for, opening global work opportunities.
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

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 & Costa Rica for 4, 5, 7 and 10-weeks.
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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

Paddlesport Guide Course

Paddlesport Guide Course


Our paddlesports guide development course is for anyone who has ever wanted to become a guide and develop their personal and leadership skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will help progress your skills taking you on your own personalised pathway to becoming a paddlesports instructor.
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Make an enquiry with Beyond Adventure

Medical Work Experience

Medical Work Experience


Our medical internships are an excellent way to boost your medical CV, whether for your career or university application. You'll gain knowledge of an alternative medical system and gain practical experience working alongside doctors and nurses.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa


Volunteer at a primate rehabilitation centre in rural Africa and be prepared for lots of monkey hugs! You'll be a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons, as they continue on their journey back to life in the wild.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2
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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2


A comprehensive level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor course in the greatest resort in the French Alps. With a huge ski area, in the most snow sure area in Europe, there is no greater place to train for your BASI ski instructor qualification.
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Make an enquiry with The Winter Sports Company


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.