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?
1 - 3 weeks
Scuba dive in azure seas on this marine conservation experience!
Become a marine conservation volunteer in fabulous Fiji. Make a difference and scuba dive around the stunning Yasawa Islands on this unique volunteer experience.
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.
Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican Culture
Learn Spanish is Costa Rica, live with locals in a homestay and volunteer with kids, communities or wildlife conservation projects in this stunning Central American country.
6 or 12 months
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!
2 - 6 weeks
Help at childcare, teaching & community projects in Sri Lanka
Become a volunteer English teacher on this super-rewarding volunteer programme in Sri Lanka! Teach kids aged 3-12 and make a real difference in the local community!
3 - 4 weeks
Inspire and care for kids in Indonesia!
Make a difference in Bali on this teaching or childcare volunteer programme! Enjoy a cultural introduction week, then work with experienced teachers to plan creative, educational lessons that the kids will love!
Make a difference on a medical placement in Africa
Get some unbeatable hands on experience in beautiful Malawi! Work with rural communities and help raise awareness about health issues and provide treatment and support for local people.
6 or 11 months
Become a “gappie” at an Aussie boarding school.
Become a ‘gappie’ assistant in an Australian boarding school. Spend 6 months or more gaining amazing work experience abroad and discover Australia at the same time! You could expect to earn between AUD75 to AUD200 a week PLUS enjoy all-inclusive accomodation and meals during term time!
20 weeks or longer
Become the ultimate explorer!
Travel the whole world with this incredible package trip! Tick off South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Brazil - you’ll have seen and done it all!
Help teach English in beautiful Costa Rica!
Teach English to kids and see beautiful Costa Rica with this amazing volunteer package! Enjoy a week of Spanish language lessons and then then throw yourself into one of two fantastic teaching projects, either in the capital or on the coast!