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.
Achieve your professional PADI diving qualification and gain work experience in marine conservation whilst diving the pristine waters of Mafia Island.
Inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children’s lives and become more than just a sports coach as you work on this sun-drenched archipelago.
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
Arrive in Nairobi and tour through Ngorongoro, Zanzibar, Irima & Lake Malawi to name just a few, spot the ’Big 5’ in Kruger National Park, volunteer with lions, cheetahs & giraffes.
Have a lasting impact on the conservation efforts in the Manu UNESCO Biosphere – one of the most diverse environments on earth.
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.
Come face-to-face with the enchanting gorillas of Southern Uganda
The aim of this Fiji Reef Conservation Project is to better understand the marine resources of the island of Beqa and to provide teaching and training to local communities.
Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants rescued from working in the tourist industry.
Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital conservation work.