Help children and local communities as a volunteer abroad. Community volunteering is a rewarding and worthwhile way to spend your gap trip. Community volunteering can involve helping out as a teaching volunteer. Or it can mean caring for kids in childcare or orphanage projects abroad. Or you can help rebuild communities from the ground up on a building or community project. Or get involved in medical work and help with healthcare abroad.
Are you a sports lover? Why not coach sports and share your sporting skills with children in Africa? If you want to make a difference, help provide much-needed love and care for disabled children on a volunteering gap trip. Helping out in a community is about improving the day-to-day quality of life for local people. It's about coming to understand and respect their culture. There are few more satisfying ways of spending your time than becoming a community volunteer abroad. You just need to decide what is the best way you can make your mark while you travel and see the world!
Check out our trips below, or read more about Children & Community »
One way in which you can make a real difference to local communities is to help educate, inspire and care for its children. Get involved as a volunteer teacher or help out at amazing childcare projects. Care for kids in orphanages or assist disabled children in their day-to-day lives. Or become a sports coach and teach children new skills. A community’s future is in its children’s’ hands. You can play your part as a childcare community volunteer! Our most popular trip is our Cape Town Community Volunteers programme. Sign up to help communities in stunning South Africa!
Another way to make your mark as a community volunteer is to (quite literally!) lend a hand and help out with local building projects. Since the devastating earthquake, Nepal needs help restoring its infrastructure and local communities. Become a Community Volunteer in Nepal and know you’re helping where it’s most needed. Whether the community needs new schools, water facilities or other community buildings, if you put your weight behind a building project abroad you’ll see the difference it makes for yourself!
Do you care about the health and wellbeing of communities abroad? Get involved with vital medical work while you are away. If you have previous medical experience as a doctor, nurse, dentist, physiotherapist or other healthcare professional then your skills are in high demand. Help out in local communities around the world. If you don’t have previous medical experience there are projects where you can help with general healthcare in a range of incredible destinations.
Many communities around the world depend on the natural resources that surround them. Despite this, local communities are not always aware how important it is to protect their natural environment. Volunteer at rewarding conservation projects and help save the natural world. Volunteer with sea turtles or help with coral reef conservation from stunning coastlines. Assist with anti-poaching projects in Africa or help conserve the Australian outback. Reach out to local communities and help to educate them about how they can get involved in vital local conservation.
There are plenty of community projects waiting for your help abroad! You can help with adult education or women’s empowerment projects. Or you can help with crop planting or at sanitation projects. The only question to ask yourself is: Which community will you help first?
Wonderful wildlife adventures in South Africa!
Our 15-day epic South African volunteering and safari adventure! Combines wildlife conservation, community volunteering, stunning safaris, camping in Kruger National Park, adventure activities and exciting excursions. It’s the ultimate African experience!
39 days or longer
Enjoy two of our unique Asian adventure tours in one epic trip!
Explore Thailand and Cambodia in one amazing Asian trip. Experience 29 days in Thailand and 10 days in Cambodia, including volunteering, hill treks, elephant experiences, Angkor Wat, beach & party time!
Volunteer by day, relax or party by night
Make a real difference to the lives of local communities in beautiful Cape Town. Choose from a range of fantastic volunteer projects, and transfer vital skills to local settlements, schools, and crèches. An unforgettable experience!
41 days or longer
Volunteer with communities and wildlife, and explore the Land of Smiles!
Enjoy a month of unforgettable volunteer experiences and an action packed 12-day group tour. Teach children, care for elephants and explore the Thai islands on this fantastic combo adventure!
27 days or longer
2 weeks volunteering; 2 weeks partying!
Spend 4 weeks in Thailand volunteering, exploring and partying! Choose between teaching, childcare or elephant volunteering, and then travel around the country on our awesome 12-day Thai Intro tour!
A 3-week India adventure tour plus 2-4 weeks volunteering in Kerala
Explore inspirational India, and then make a difference in Kerala. This is an amazing way to soak up the different sides of India, as you explore the hottest sights and then live and work as part of the community.