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


Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
More Details.. ACUK



Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
More Details.. Galloway Activity Centre






FEATURED VOLUNTEERING GAP YEARS


Child Care Volunteer Programs from as low as  £100

Child Care Volunteer Programs from as low as £100

As a Childcare volunteer on this project, you will work within in day care centers, nursery schools, children’s homes and kindergartens to assist local staff in the day-to-day running of these centers with activities like educational and basic teaching of English, Math, Reading and Writing etc
More Details.. Volunteers 2 Uganda



10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training

10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague

Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague

Get paid teaching English abroad! TEFL Worldwide offers the monthly accredited & internationally recognized TEFL certificate course in Prague! We provide on-site student housing and lifetime job guidance worldwide. Our graduates have taught in over 60 countries!
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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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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme
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6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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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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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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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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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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Wildlife Conservation in Costa Rica

Wildlife Conservation in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica to care for sloths, monkeys and other indigenous wildlife species! Gain hands-on experience in animal care and conservation at one of three sanctuaries. Begin your adventure with a week of Spanish lessons and cultural activities.
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22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
More Details.. Plas Menai



Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor

Just you, your board and the wave. Once mastered there is nothing to match this sport. When you stand up and ride your first unbroken wave you will be hooked. Surfing will become your reason to travel, searching out the best spots. And after Flying Fish, surfing can become your whole way of life.
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Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Adventure's Fast-Track Instructor Training course is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the Outdoor Industry. You will gain 17 Instructor Awards and Qualifications in 16 weeks, with training, assessments, food and accommodation included leaving you prepared and excited about your new career
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16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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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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Various Volunteer Programs in Uganda from as low as  £100

Various Volunteer Programs in Uganda from as low as £100

You Volunteer with different Volunteer projects around Uganda, These include Teaching, Childcare, Women Empowerment, Special Needs Care, HIV/ AIDS Support, Sports Education. Street and Slum Children Support around Uganda.
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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.
More Details.. Plan My Gap Year



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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Wildlife Conservation in Australia

Wildlife Conservation in Australia

Provide care for koalas, kangaroos, emus and other Australian animals at this Heritage-Listed wildlife sanctuary! Help maintain the natural enclosures and large bush area and gain experience caring for unique animals. Enjoy Sydney on the weekends.
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Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali

Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali

Protect endangered sea turtles in stunning Bali! Care for eggs and hatchlings that have been rescued from poachers. Help hatchlings get strong and healthy so they can return to the sea safely. During the hatching season, turtles are released every week!
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Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Volunteer on a top-rated, family-owned wildlife rehabilitation and care center in Zimbabwe! Animals are brought into this sanctuary if they are orphaned or injured. Animals are released whenever possible.
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Private Island Marine Conservation in Belize

Private Island Marine Conservation in Belize

Conserve the Belize Barrier Reef from the base of a private island! Volunteers will eradicate invasive species, conduct survey dives and collect data on native species. All volunteers will have the opportunity to take a scuba diving beginner, advanced or specialty course.
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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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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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5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
More Details.. Plas Menai



Community Aid Projects in Cape Town

Community Aid Projects in Cape Town

Help with various community aid projects in the settlements of Cape Town!
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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.
More Details.. Plan My Gap Year



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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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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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 Rehabilitation in South Africa

Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

Gain experience providing care for wildlife species at a rehabilitation center in South Africa! Volunteers will provide care for various animals, including hand-rearing orphaned animals when necessary. This center aims to rehabilitate & release all animals, but there are some who cannot be released.
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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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Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

Wildlife Conservation in Ecuador

Volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre in the jungle of Ecuador! The rescue shelter is home to various species of native Ecuadorian wild animals that have been abused, injured or neglected.
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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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Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa

Wildlife Conservation Ranch in South Africa

Volunteer at a widely-accredited wildlife ranch in South Africa! This ranch is home to over 90 species of endangered animals. Volunteers will get up-close with various animals. Visitors come to the ranch to learn about these animals and how important their conservation
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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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Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
More Details.. Galloway Activity Centre



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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Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor

FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
More Details.. ACUK



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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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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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.