Faye Stickings recently spent three months volunteering with AIDS orphans in Ghana. Read about her heartwarming experiences and find out how you can do the same...
Rebecca Welsh thought she might be too young to volunteer to build classrooms in Thailand, but she did it anyway. She found that the experience changed her perspective on life.
Kate Scott travelled to Cambodia expecting to find a nation of poor people in shacks. By working as a teacher there she soon found that there's a lot more to this country.
This backpacker spent the first part of her Kenya trip volunteering with children and the second part experiencing some of Kenya's highlights, like climbing Mount Kenya.
An insightful piece from a volunteering who has been working with orphans in the jungles of Guatemala. Questions are raised as to the meaning of 'less is more', and if it's an appropriate phrase.
Annabel was volunteering on international citizen service in the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan Hit. It meant she could help at a time they needed her most.
Have you ever thought about volunteering in Sri Lanka? Becky Khalil did it and learned she had more skills in her volunteering repertoire than she ever realised.
For those who want to experience a bit of everything on their gap year, combo placements, which integrate a variety of different activities, could be the answer.
Volunteering expert Martin Stevenson offers his professional and informed advice on how to choose a volunteering project and which ones to avoid.
Choosing a volunteering placement is a job in itself - not all volunteering companies have the scruples and integrity you'd expect. Check out this list for what to look out for...
When you're choosing a volunteering placement there are a few things you should always consider, and the ethics of volunteering has never been more important.
Have you thought about WWOOFing on your gap year? No? Then make sure you read Kailea MacGillivray's feature on the wonder of WWOOFing; we think it'll change you mind.
Katie Baxter is currently living the life volunteering in Kenya. She explains her typical day in the life of a volunteer; we're not going to lie, it sounds like a lot of fun.
Virtuous volunteering or clueless colonialism? Anna goes into an in-depth view of volunteering in Ghana and whether it can do more harm than good.
Volunteering on gap year programs in developing countries can be beneficial and rewarding, but what are your options? And what are the challenges?
Volunteers in Africa are spoilt for choice and there are a number of options and programmes to choose from. Read all about why you should volunteer in Africa.
Why do gap year travellers spend their money, time and effort to volunteer when they can simply throw on their backpack and have a care-free experience?
Volunteering is one of the most popular opportunities on a gap year, but the question is, long term volunteering or short term volunteering? Let the debate begin.
Whatever happened to Burkina Faso? It’s that place with the funnily named capital (Ouagadougou… giggle, giggle) that you probably heard of once in a pub quiz and then immediately forgot. Your grandparents will know of Upper Volta, as it was once known, but then it changed its name and seemingly disappeared off the map. Well, that's where I'm going, to Burkina Faso.
Looking for volunteer placements is exciting, but don't get carried away and eagerly sign up for the first project that looks like your dream experience! There are many mistakes you can make when approaching volunteering, so gapyear.com has put together this guide to help you avoid them.