Volunteering on a worthwhile project on your gap year is both a commendable and rewarding thing to do. Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you gave something back to this planet but you will also be rewarded with a truly authentic travel experience that other backpackers simply couldn't dream of having.
Due to the vast amount of options for volunteering placements, the best thing is to firstly decide what you're interested in - for example animals, people or the environment - and then where you would like to visit. You can then use the navigation on the left hand side of this page to assess your options. Interested in volunteering with animals in Costa Rica? Simply click 'Animals' to see all options for animals, then further filter by clicking 'Costa Rica' using the country links.
Whatever volunteeing experience you opt for on your gap year, you can rest assured that every single company and project featured on these pages is extremely ethical and very carefully vetted by us, using our strict standards.
With Camp Exchange USA, you will spend up to ten weeks at camp this summer — living and working with kids in the great outdoors - and helping them have the summer of their lives!
Experience marine and rainforest conservation in this biodiversity hotspot and join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member.
Discover the city of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site, and teach English to Buddhist novice monks, improving the quality of their education and enabling them to access more opportunities
Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.
Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons and much more
Help a local community defeat poverty by helping educate and care for the local children in the incredible city of Buenos Aires.
Soak up the mystical beauty of China. You’ll teach English to friendly children, living alongside them and learning the local language as you go, making lifelong friends.
Assist the team with data collection to help with research on cheetah and leopard releases in the stunning Namib Desert
Experience life living and working in this world famous city, whilst furthering your own career through our varied and in-depth internship.
Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with the local management of marine protected areas.