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.
On this project you will work closely with the other staff reporters and will be involved in the intricate day to day running of a newspaper or various magazines on the beautiful island Suva
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
Visit amazing Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer alongside an international team teaching underprivileged children from townships to surf and care for their coastal environment.
Become immersed in tribal life, whilst working towards the conservation of magnificent orangutans on this volunteer project in the heart of the Borneo rainforest.
Work with orangutans for a month, then spend another couple of weeks exploring the length of Malaysia, before ending up in Bali to relax at the end of an eventful trip. Oh, and we’ll chuck in...
Discover Thailand’s idyllic Andaman region when you volunteer with local communities. Help them to improve their future opportunities by teaching English in local schools.
This project’s aims are to contribute to the current understanding of the local environment and help monitor the spectacular array of wildlife found in Madagascar.
This project gives you the chance to volunteer at the world’s only white lion conservation project alongside the Global White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa.
Discover the colourful culture of India when you volunteer alongside local teachers supporting disadvantaged children in the Southern state of Kerala.
Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.