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.
Help educate orphaned and needy children and support entire communities - from young to old - in an underprivileged community (surrounded by wildlife!) in Zululand, South Africa.
All over the world there are huge numbers of children in need of care and support. By volunteering on a Care placement you can help make an invaluable difference to these people’s lives.
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.
Volunteer with children in nurseries, schools and street children centers. Live in a family-run guest house and really experience Nepali culture in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Our volunteers play an important role in our projects, providing much-needed support, assistance, and individual attention that is crucial for children’s growth and development.
Placements in Malawi consist first and foremost of teaching roles, but are very flexible and there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with community projects.
Do you have a passion for helping the most vulnerable? We welcome anyone with a genuine desire to help the children of this world get a better start in life.
Enrich the lives of the children in this children’s home and help in the nursery, lead educational activities or work hands-on on the farmland.
Our volunteering opportunities in Nepal involve working with a local NGO to support rural government schools and schools for the children of ex-Gurkha servicemen in western Nepal.
Our projects in Malawi will give you the chance to discover more about Africa and yourself. It’s impossible to have these experiences without immersion in Malawi’s culture and rural society.