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.
Volunteering with Kiya Survivors offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into working with disadvantaged children, experiencing true Peruvian society & culture
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!
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
All over the world there are huge numbers of children and adults in need of care and attention and you can help make an invaluable difference to these people’s lives on our projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.