Best Gap Year Volunteer Programs
Do something incredible by spending part of your gap year volunteering. View our directory which includes top rated gap year volunteer programs in destinations all around the world including structured, free and low cost opportunities. Make your gap year one to remember!
Gap Year Volunteering Projects Abroad
Search & compare the best free & affordable gap year volunteer projects abroad.
Find Gap Year Volunteer Projects By Destination
There are opportunities to volunteer abroad all around the world, where you go really depends on the destination or project you are interested:
- Volunteer in Africa
- Volunteer in Asia
- Volunteer in Europe
- Volunteer in Central America
- Volunteer in South America
- Volunteer in North America
- Volunteer in Ocenia / Pacific
- Volunteer in Middle East
Popular Gap Year Volunteering Programs
There are so many different ways to you can make a difference and help on your gap year including:
- Amazon Rainforest Volunteer Projects
- Animal Volunteer Programs
- Building Volunteer Programs
- Childcare Volunteer Work
- Community Volunteer Programs
- Conservation Volunteer Programs
- Marine Volunteer Conservation
- Medical Volunteer Programs
- Volunteer with Refugees
- Religious Volunteer Work
- Sports Coaching
- TEFL Courses
- Summer Volunteer Programs
- Volunteer Programs for Families
- Volunteer Programs for Under 18's
Why Volunteer On Your Gap Year?
Are you planning your gap year but you aren't sure if volunteering is a good thing to do? Here are some top reasons why you should apply:
- Do something interesting, learn new skills
- Make new friends from all over the world
- Integrate into a new culture
- Do something more rewarding than sightseeing/sunbathing
- Boost your CV - this experience will look fantastic to potential future employers
What Are The Best Gap Year Volunteering Programs
We often get enquiries asking what are the best gap year volunteer projects to join but this is really difficult to answer. Everyone has a different interest and preference so you really need to think about where you want to do, if any specific area interests you and what you hope to achieve. There are so many different options available, popular ideas include volunteering with elephants, joining educational/teaching initiatives, coaching sports and helping communities.
Best Gap Year Volunteering Companies
There are literally hundreds of organizations around the world offering projects. You can choose from a local company (often cheap/low cost) or apply with large international sending agencies which usually charge a fee for a structured program. Lots of gap year volunteering agencies are based in the UK whilst you can also find companies located throughout the world. To help you make the decision of which organization to apply with we have put together a guide to the best volunteering companies worldwide.
Most companies accept anyone aged 16+ and are open to most nationalities depending on the visa requirements of the country. For most positions no previous experience is required although for skilled positions e.g. medical and healthcare you will need to have qualifications.
Help & Advice
If you are struggling to find the right opportunities or just have questions and need help arranging your gap year volunteer trip please get in touch with us and our team will be happy to help further.