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.
This project will give you the perfect opportunity to learn about these creatures and gain experience in conservation as your gap year working with threatened whale and dolphin populations.
Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators
Travel to the beautiful city of Pokhara and volunteer alongside an international team in a care centre or children’s home, providing educational and personal development support to children
With this project you will experience the best that Madagascar has to offer along with an unforgettable teaching experience in a developing community.
You will explore, chart and monitor extensive areas of coral and seagrass beds, record populations of fish and commercially important species and assist in annual reef health check.
Combine exciting adventure travel with a project and experience the best of Central America on an unforgettable adventure trip through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
On this great projects you will work closely with a local animal welfare charity and will be substantially involved in the day to day running of a large urban animal welfare centre.
Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.
Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with the local management of marine protected areas.
You will teach conversational and beginner’s English to these impoverished children, help with environmental education, and participate in other community activities.