If you want to take a gap year that provides you with fun and exciting new experiences, but also gives you a real sense of meaning and purpose, then you might want to combine seeing the sights and having adventures with making a meaningful contribution in the world. Many people see their gap year as their opportunity to make an impact on a community by signing up as a volunteer abroad and really making a difference.
Make your mark
There are many volunteering opportunities available for you to be a part of on your gap year, depending on what sort of work you want to do. These opportunities range from working to rebuild communtities as a community volunteer, teaching English in deprived areas or getting involved in wildlife conservation. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it means something special to you, as it will mean so much to the people and communities that you help during your gap year.
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Doing something meaningful within a community can be an immensely rewarding way to spend your gap year. Help out as an orphanage volunteer and work with kids, bringing meaning into your life and theirs as you bond with chidren from deprived areas of the world who haven't had the best start in life.
Lessons in life
One of the ways you can do something meaningful on your gap year is to become a volunteer teacher and ensure the education of future generations across the globe. You could teach abroad with children and give them the advantage of becoming multilingual, or just bring the basics of education into underprivileged communities by teaching kids in Africa and giving them a great start in life.
Live a wild-life
Helping to conserve some of the world's most wonderful wildlife is another way to make your gap year a meaningful experience. There are so many valuable volunteer projects out there that need your help and support and animals that are in desperate need of protection and care. Become a wildlife sanctuary volunteer in South Africa and meet the Big Five up close, or head off to Latin America and lose yourself in the lush landscape as you encounter endangered species, become eco-conscious and protect the environment and rehabilitate rescued animals on a wildlife project.;
Having a meaningful gap year means not only do you get to see the world, but you get to make a difference too. Working closely alongside a community, you will integrate with locals and their society in a way that passing visitors wouldn't, gaining a unique insight into a new and diverse culture. You'll create unforgettable memories and make some new friends for life along the way! By spending your gap year volunteering, you will ensure that you leave your mark and make the most of the chance for some meaningful travel.
Volunteer with Disabled Children in India
2-8 weeks from £599
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.
Volunteer & Adventure in South Africa
20 days from £1,0994.5 1
Monkey Sanctuary Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £7194.0 20
Hands-on rehab project with cheeky primates!Join monkey rehab for 2 - 8 weeks, & have a swinging sanctuary time helping to support and return apes, monkeys & other animals to the wild.
South Africa Volunteer & Safari
8 or 10 weeks from £2,4594.5 27
Teach Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka
2-6 weeks from £719
Volunteer & Learn Spanish in Costa Rica
6-8 weeks from £2,1994.5 6
Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican CultureLearn 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.
Volunteer Teaching Sri Lanka
2 - 6 weeks from £7194.0 1
Help at childcare, teaching & community projects in Sri LankaBecome 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!
Coach Football in South Africa
5-12 weeks from £1,0794.5 1
Ultimate Round the World
19 weeks or longer from £10,299
An epic round-the-world adventure of a lifetime!Cross more places off your bucket list and do some in-depth travelling to Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the USA - all on one breathtaking Round the World trip! Uncover hidden gems, glorious beaches, great landmarks and take yourself on a once in a lifetime trip!
Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation
2 - 3 weeks from £8194.0 5
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