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 teach young children while living with a group in a local community in Thailand - teach them lessons on anything you are passionate about!
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.
Work at a kindergarten with children aged 2-6, giving them the opportunity for a headstart in education. Live in the beautiful city of Arequipa and immerse yourself in Peruvian culture.
Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa, which is known for it’s amazing beauty and incredible wildlife experiences!
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
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.
Volunteering with Kiya Survivors offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into working with disadvantaged children, experiencing true Peruvian society & culture
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.
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.
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.