Gap year volunteering

Wildlife & Ecological Research
Affordable project for students and volunteers to gain field work skills and learn research techniques
Working Holiday Internship Program
Want to work in Australia in Marketing, Events, HR, Administration or Hospitality?
Hands-On Rhino & Elephant Conservation
A unique opportunity to contribute to the protection and conservation of the African elephant and Black Rhino
Education and Community Volunteering
We specialise in education, and community development projects, offering life enriching opportunities
Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
Live beach-side in Costa Rica while working with a local biologist to assist with sea turtles
Opportunities

Getting a job abroad is the best way to keep you travelling for longer, or in some cases at all. You’re basically getting paid to travel; that’s the dream right?

There are plenty of jobs overseas to choose from here in the jobs section. Whether you want to get a job in Australia, or work as a sky-diving instructor in New Zealand, or teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea, we’ve got opportunities for all, and every trade in between. There are plenty of ways to make money on your gap year.

Featured Jobs

The jobs listed in this section are a bit more involved than bar work or fruit-picking. Here, jobs is a broad term that includes unpaid internships, on-the-job training, work starter packs, and more. Many require you to pay a fee to secure your place. Although not all jobs listed offer pay, they provide the chance to gain experience or qualifications which may lead to a paid role. The fee might also cover cost of travel, visas, accommodation, etc. We recommend you read each listing carefully, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Working abroad on your gap year gives you the rare opportunity to really live as a local and experience life as they do, if only for a short while. You’ll get roots, make friends, and in the future get to talk about ‘that time you worked on the volcanoes in Hawaii’ or similarly impressive. Overseas employment is your chance to get to know a destination inside out and create a solid base somewhere other than home.

Working abroad is also a great way to gain international work experience – you may be entrusted with things you never would at home – help your savings go further and gain new skills in tasks you never thought little old you would be capable of. So take a look at the opportunities abroad now!  

Explore all our job options

Choosing a Project

Choosing a Volunteering Project

It can be overwhelming to see just how many projects are out there. Start by taking a look through all the projects listed on the site and make a short list of ones that catch your interest. Have a look at our gappers’ first hand experiences too. Then check out our country pages to understand a bit more about your chosen destinations and what you'll be able to do there when you're not volunteering. Check it suits what you imagine for your gap year. 

You should have a shorter list now to work from so go back and read the listing again. Then just click the orange button to enquire and let the company know you’re interested. Someone will be back to you straight away with more information. 

Choosing the right project volunteering

Before deciding on a volunteer project

Make sure you do your research before you commit, and know exactly what you’re letting yourself in for. Always check out the website and do a Google search for the company name to see what others are saying about the company. If you’re in any doubts just don’t do it. Check out our listings to see what some of the top companies in the world have to offer.

If it’s your first time abroad, or your first time to a country like this you need to really question yourself as to whether you’ll be able to deal with the conditions when you’re feeling homesick and tired and you still have to carry on with the work. Volunteering on a tough project abroad is one of the best ways to test yourself and who you really are, but if its’ really out of your reach don’t do it.

Questions to ask yourself 

  • Where do you want to go? 
  • What do you want to do? 
  • How long for? 
  • Would you prefer a group or to go it solo? 
  • How much money do you have? 

Questions to ask the volunteer project

  • Why do you need a volunteer?
  • What will I be doing day to day?
  • What skills are needed?
  • How will my work help a local community?
  • If there’s a recent volunteer who did the same work to talk to?
  • What are the conditions like I’ll be living in?
  • What kind of support is available?
  • Will there be other volunteers there?

For more information check out these articles on where the voluntourism money goes and how to find a responsible volunteering project.  

Why Volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

For some gappers the volunteer opportunities out there are one of the most exciting things about going on a gap year, others maybe asking themselves 'why should I volunteer?' The answers are plentiful and proven. Here are just 5 of the many that will hopefully get you off the tourist trail and into the volunteer projects that need your assistance.

1. To help

Most gappers volunteer in order to help out those less fortunate. How much money, opportunity and health you have varies greatly depending on where you're born and many individuals want to help those deficient in any of the above. Choose the right volunteering project and you can really make a difference to people who need it. 

2. For your CV

Volunteer abroad and you can gain invaluable experience in your chosen field, which you can bring back to your CV. You’ll get a unique experience that will push you to the top of the pile when it comes to getting a job, and a community in need will get the benefits of your skills, passion and expertise. Going abroad for volunteer work is sure to impress any recruiter in the future, and open your mind to your talents and skills you never knew you had. Generally you’ll also be entrusted to do a lot more in your chosen field than you would in the UK, as resources are sacred.

Volunteering with kids in school

3. To live as a local

Volunteering abroad is a great way to get to live as locals do in a destination, rather than hostel hopping around the tourist areas. On some volunteering projects you’ll get the chance to actually live with the locals, giving you an incredibly rich cultural experience as well as the opportunity to make new friends from very different backgrounds.

4. To try something new 

There are volunteering opportunities for any idea you could imagine. In general a gap year is your chance to try something new every day, so it's natural that you apply this to finding a volunteering placement. You can help people like you never have before, or work with pandas, leopards, or volunteer in constuction. The opportunities are endless. 

5. For an incredible experience

You've just spent the last 15 or so years in a classroom - it's time to get out there and see the world. Volunteering abroad will be incredible, I guarantee. Whether you love it at first task, you grow into it, or you only realise how awesome the experience was when you return we can guarantee it will be one of the best things you ever do.