Why should you volunteer at an orphanage on your gap year? Extreme weather conditions, malnutrition, disease and unstable political environments have all lead to unstable living conditions in a number of countries abroad, resulting in young children often orphaned and alone.
Volunteering at an orphanage, you will spend most of your time actively participating in the lives of these children whether that be educating the children, playing with them or providing a kind and compassionate shoulder for them to turn to. An average day could see you organising a range of activities for the children such as outdoor team sports, dance and drama classes, or hosting classes to improve their language and literary skills. Most volunteer companies and orphanages allow you to choose from long-term or short-term programmes and placements are usually open to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Volunteering at an orphanage can take you all over the world, including such countries as Mexico, Bolivia, Ghana and India, to name just a few. Each program is unique, however one thing is always the same: you must have a deep empathy for the neglected children and their current living situation. If you have the heart and desire to help these children in need then volunteering at an orphanage could be your ultimate gap year experience.
Working in local elementary schools under the supervision of a qualified English teacher, who will be on hand to offer initial training and ongoing support.
Our gap year volunteering project in Tanzania includes 12 weeks in a carefully selected village with an optional additional four weeks of independent travel in East Africa
Work with disabled children in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, before heading to the Indian Ocean Coast to help in schools and explore Zanzibar Island.
On this project you will teach English in a village culture centre and in tiny local schools for three months, living with an indigenous Lepcha family for true cultural immersion.
Travel and volunteer amongst ancient temples, idyllic beaches & paddy fields. Help with elephant conservation, teach art & deliver life changing community projects to rural communities..
This Kenya gap year program immerses you in the local culture and gives you the opportunity to live, work and play sports with primary and secondary school children on the Kenyan coast.
We have a number of summer gap year programs in beautiful Uganda. Mix having your adventure with helping to teach, coach sports and renovate community schools on the banks of the River Nile!
Your work on this project combines many aspects that all help to provide a caring environment to children who have been disadvantaged in life and are looking for a way to improve their prospects
Volunteering in South Africa you will see there is a passionate desire for education – in the classroom, on the sports’ field and about the world!
Learn Mandarin in classes whilst living in a home-stay in Hangzhou; then live in the community and teach English, sports etc to children in Thousand Island Lake region.