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?
Become a mentor in this education project on Lake Malawi
This rewarding volunteer project will see you helping understaffed & under resourced primary schools on the edge of Lake Malawi. You’ll give kids the education they deserve and gain some valuable experience in the process!
Become a sports coach and inspire kids in Africa
Head over to South Africa and teach kids your favourite sport! Volunteer in beautiful Port Elizabeth and share your passion for netball, hockey, rugby, tennis or swimming. Get sporty and make a difference!
Earn over USD20,000 plus free flights & accommodation!
Aged 21-35? Got a degree? Earn at least USD 20,000 per year as a paid teacher in South Korea, plus a TEFL Course, cultural course, cultural excursion weekends and accommodation included!
Make a difference and boost your CV in this hands-on learning experience
Challenge yourself and discover new cultures, gorgeous landscapes and amazing people on this medical internship opportunity of a lifetime!
Become a mentor in a fantastic education project!
Get going to gorgeous Ghana and volunteer with kids for an unforgettable African experience. If you’re looking for a rewarding teaching project, year-round sunshine, and a super friendly introduction to Africa then look no further!
Become a sports coach and inspire kids in Africa
Puts your sports skills to good use as a sports coach on this African adventure! Explore Africa and inspire the next generation of sporting stars as you share your sports know-how with kids in Ghana.
Get sporty in Africa!
Spend sunny African afternoons coaching volleyball, football, netball and rounders teams on this life changing volunteer experience! You’ll share your sporting skills with Malawian kids, and provide crucial education in local schools.
Help with healthcare volunteer projects in rural Thailand
Are you a medical student or professional looking for a medical internship abroad? Become a healthcare volunteer on this amazing internship and explore rural Thailand!