Volunteering Gap Year Projects

If you are opting for volunteer work you will not get paid, but volunteering to 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 volunteering gap year projects.


POPULAR VOLUNTEERING GAP YEARS


Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
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Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
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FEATURED VOLUNTEERING GAP YEARS


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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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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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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ALL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES


Medical Experience Abroad

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.
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Wildlife Conservation in Malawi

Wildlife Conservation in Malawi

This laid-back country plays host to an unparalleled blend of clear blue waters, lush forests and abundant wildlife. Work at a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary or in the heart of a 2,000 hectare private game reserve; assist with sustainable fishing projects and help with conservation lessons.
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Medical Work Experience In India

Medical Work Experience In India

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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Medical internship in Romania

Medical internship in Romania

An excellent way to gain work experience, this internship in Romania offers hands-on experience in a children's hospital and home visits with a mobile medical unit, a chance for you to learn about more conditions and treatments. For those interested in medicine, this is a great internship.
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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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Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

Get involved in the daily care and rehabilitation of orphaned and abandoned animals and assist with animal release projects. We select our wildlife sanctuary programmes very carefully and only work with responsible projects who meet our strict hands-off criteria and do not breed captive lions.
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Care with Projects Abroad

Care with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad offers the chance to care for underprivileged children in orphanages, day care centres, special-needs centres and kindergartens. As a volunteer you will enhance the growth, development and well-being of the children.
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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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Law & Human Rights

Law & Human Rights

Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights placement with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Discover the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere by volunteering with Blue Ventures at our remote, palm-dotted dive camp. Help us collect critical marine inventory data together with our science and dive professionals in a UNESCO World Heritage listed Marine Reserve and National Park.
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Childcare Gap Year

Childcare Gap Year

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.
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Summer Projects

Summer Projects

Our Short-term Special projects are group trips for 16-19 year olds and run throughout the summer months. If you have time to spare over the summer holidays then why not join us on one of our short programmes designed especially for you.
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Sports with Projects Abroad

Sports with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad sport placement is ideal for anyone with a passion for sports. You could teach football in Ghana, cricket in India or volleyball in Peru. You will run fitness session, coach competitive games and help foster local talent whilst improving the health of the local people.
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Teaching and Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

Teaching and Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

Teaching literacy in a rural African school while living in the bush and being involved in running a private wildlife conservancy is what this trip is all about. Experience life in a Big 5 game reserve while making a huge impact to thelocal community on this trip.
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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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Marine Conservation Expedition in Madagascar

Marine Conservation Expedition in Madagascar

Volunteer with Blue Ventures in our remote research and expedition camp in Madagascar and assist our international team of marine biologists, field scientists and sociologists surveying one of the most spectacular ecosystems of the Indian Ocean. Learn to SCUBA dive and collect vital research data.
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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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Wildlife Research and Conservation, Dambari Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Research and Conservation, Dambari Wildlife Trust

Dambari Wildlife Trust carries out research and conservation work on three main groups - small African antelopes, carnivores - mainly cheetah - and rhino. In addition, you will help look after the antelope, help with conservation education projects and help with wild rhino operations.
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Hands-on Black Rhino and Elephant Conservation

Hands-on Black Rhino and Elephant Conservation

If you are looking for a unique way to get up close and personal with Black Rhino's and African Elephants then this programme would be a great match for you. We have a 10,000 acre private wildlife conservation area that focuses on black rhino conservation and breeding as well as elephant interaction
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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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2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

On this exclusive adventure you’ll discover unspoiled beaches and dive (or snorkel) on the world's most biodiverse coral reefs. You’ll participate in cetacean surveys, spotting whales and dolphins as well as experience the immersive culture and the stunning landscapes of this beautiful country.
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Teach English Abroad

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.
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Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
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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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Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Our 120 hour online TEFL course is your ticket to new adventures overseas! You will be trained and gain qualifications that will enable you to teach all around the world, our qualifications are accepted in nearly every country, all you have to do is decide where you want to go, South Africa or China
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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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Wildlife Conservation in Namibia

Wildlife Conservation in Namibia

Join one of our incredible wildlife volunteer projects in Namibia, home to some of the world's grandest national parks and vast wilderness areas. It has the largest free-roaming population of black rhinos and cheetahs in the world and expanding populations of elephants and lions.
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Learn a Language Abroad

Learn a Language Abroad

Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family
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Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Volunteer on a wildlife conservation project in Zimbabwe and help secure the future of endangered species in the country. From vast, wild national parks to small private game parks, volunteers will experience some of Africa's best game viewing as they contribute to responsible conservation projects.
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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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Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
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Scuba Diving, Research and Marine Conservation

Scuba Diving, Research and Marine Conservation

Join a world-class research team in one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal locations. Southern Mozambique is one of the best diving locations in the world, home to large populations of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles, and is an important refuge for threatened marine species like the dugong.
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Teaching Jobs Abroad

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 teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
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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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Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm
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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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Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Join a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime at our beautiful dive camp in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve in order to improve your dive skills, learn about the marine environment, survey and hunt and dissect invasive lionfish, and contribute to valuable marine research.
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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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Rhino and Wild Dog Conservation and Community Outreach Projects

Rhino and Wild Dog Conservation and Community Outreach Projects

Help preserve rare wildlife in one of Zimbabwe's most wild and rugged areas. This project is a great opportunity to have fantastic animal sitings in a stunning setting and get experience of African conservation. Get involved with rhino and wild dog tracking, wildlife monitoring, game park management
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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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The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)

The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)

The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for the outdoors and are dreaming of a maritime career.
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7 Week Level 1 and 2 Ski Instructor Course in Whistler

7 Week Level 1 and 2 Ski Instructor Course in Whistler

Dramatically improve your skiing on our 7 week CSIA Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course. Gain the skills necessary to find work as an instructor next season, or just have the most amazing gap year in Canada!
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Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

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
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Building Projects

Building Projects

Volunteering on a Building Project with Projects Abroad will give you a great opportunity to help construct, repair and build houses or classrooms across the developing world. Whatever you are involved with you will have the opportunity to make a long term difference to the community.
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Marine Conservation Expeditions

Marine Conservation Expeditions

Blue Ventures Blue Ventures offers marine conservation expeditions to Madagascar. Join us and learn to dive, identify fish and corals and contribute to our marine research, reports and publications.
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Culture & Community

Culture & Community

Projects Abroad offers the unique experience to immerse yourself in the local culture through our Culture & Community Projects. Whether you are on our Nomad Project in Mongolia or participating on our Khmer Project, you will become an important part of a local community overseas.
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Marine Conservation Expeditions

Marine Conservation Expeditions

Blue Ventures offers award-winning marine conservation expeditions to Madagascar, Belize and Timor-Leste. Join us and learn to dive on stunning reefs, identify fish and corals and contribute to our vital marine research, working alongside our team of experienced marine scientists.
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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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Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

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.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

You’ll discover unspoiled paradise beaches and dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the world’s most biodiverse oceans. You’ll help collect data vital to the locally led management of vibrant coral reefs while experiencing the culture and the surrounding landscapes of this beautiful cou
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Horse Riding and Wildlife Conservation

Horse Riding and Wildlife Conservation

Combine the adventure of a horse safari with hands-on wildlife conservation and game park management. Help with vital anti-poaching patrols, animal monitoring, wildlife reintroduction and game counts, all on horseback, and assist with hands-on black rhino and elephant conservation projects.
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Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
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Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
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Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training

This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship

UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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While developing countries may have the greatest need for volunteers, volunteering gap year 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 volunteering 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.