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!
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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?
33 days or longer
Volunteer and party in beautiful Bali!
Get to know the real Bali with 3 weeks of volunteering and an action packed 12-day group tour! Meet friendly locals, make a difference in the community and soak up the glorious landscapes of this epic country!
1 - 4 weeks
Help at a school building project in Kerala
Get hands-on as a volunteer in India, helping out at an incredible school building project in the amazing port town of Fort Kochi. Make a difference to kids in Kerala!
Rewarding teaching at local primary schools
Nurture young minds and develop the brains of Tanzania's tomorrow in nursery and primary schools! Get great teaching experience, make a real difference in the community, and see a unique side of African life.
Look after disabled children in beautiful Kerala!
Become a valued volunteer on this challenging but rewarding project looking after disabled children in beautiful Kerala, India.
Share your footy skills and coach kids!
Spend 5 – 12 weeks as a football coach in beautiful South Africa and teach kids how to play the beautiful game! Pass on your skills, inspire kids and make a difference on this fantastic volunteer programme.
23 days of volunteering, fun & adventure!
Experience Tanzania on this Volunteer & Adventure trip! Combine two and a half weeks volunteering with kids at schools or orphanages in Arusha and an amazing 10-day overland tour in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Volunteering and road trip in stunning South Africa
A full-on, hands-on experience in South Africa! Combine community volunteering in Cape Town with the ultimate South African road trip. See stunning scenery and wildlife along the way and try some awesome adrenaline activities!
Help Buddhist monks learn English!
Head over to Sri Lanka and help Buddhist monks of all ages to improve their English! Discover Buddhist culture and make a difference on this fantastic cultural volunteer experience.
6 or 12 months or longer
Take a TEFL course then earn $1200 a month!
Take 120 hours of TEFL training in the beautiful beach resort of Hua Hin in Thailand before taking on a paid teaching role in schools across Thailand and earning up to USD1200 per month!