In terms of volunteering, working with animals is hugely popular with gappers, and there’s certainly no shortage of options to do so! Plenty have been there and done it and come home to tell the tales, many of which can be found in this section.
You can read about volunteering with orangutans in Malaysia, about seeing the Big 5 (elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino) in South Africa, about whale-watching in New Zealand and about conservationism in Borneo.
Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in these articles to consider working with animals yourself on your gap year. If this is the case, have a browse of our opportunities to work with animals on your gap year.
Orangutans are one of the most amazing animals to encounter in the world, making Borneo a travel and conservation hotspot. Here's one account of meeting orangutans.
The English have a bit of an obsession with dragons, and one man decided to go in search of them for real, taking him all the way to a trek through Komodo National Park.
Conservation work in Zimbabwe is extensive and important, but often hindered by the attitudes of the government. Here's why it's worth ignoring the press and helping out.
When she travelled to Greenland to study bumblebees, Rosie Wilson didn't just fall in love with them, but also the beautiful, forbidding landscapes of the Arctic they call home.
This backpacker spent three months of her gap year in South Africa, working with rhinos at a national park called Lapalala, and in this article she tells us about her experiences.
On an incredible gap year to South Africa, James Cook worked as Conservation Game Ranger to get closer to the action and the wildlife of the South African outback.
Many associate the Indonesian island of Bali simply with sun, sand and parties, but look beyond the tourist facade and you'll see a darker side, particularly in the form of stray dogs...
When John was about 10, he read an article about the incredibly rare mountain gorillas of central Africa, later inspiring him to go trekking in Northern Rwanda to see them.
Anna spent a summer volunteering with husky dogs in the Arctic Circle in Canada. Sounds like an incredible opportunity, but was it worth the epic journey?
Tina Thorburn has been volunteering all over the world - in this 'a day in a life as a volunteer' she talks about her time volunteering in Thailand.