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.
Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators
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.
Combine conservation, teaching and living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel on this magical tour of all the best that Tanzania has to offer!
This exciting programme will challenge you and open your eyes to the reality of working as a medical professional in a developing country by helping to provide primary healthcare.
Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture when you travel to Quepos and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children.
On this project in the stunning setting of Beqa Island, Fiji, you will be snorkelling to locate and map the extensive coral reefs and study the various communities living on them.
Travel to the exotic islands of Fiji and volunteer to support under-resourced local schools and teachers.
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.
Escape to Madagascar – the magical island which is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and least explored dive sites, all the while you can work on a conservation project.
Assist with childcare & educational activities in a township educare centre while exploring South Africa