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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 days from £1,099 £1,1291099
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!
8 or 10 weeks from £2,349 £2,3992349
Experience the best of South Africa
Go wild in South Africa on this incredible 360 combo trip, including an African wild adventure, a breathtaking road trip, community volunteering in Cape Town and wonderful wildlife sanctuary projects!
2-6 weeks from £668 £689668
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.
6-8 weeks from £2,220 £2,2892220
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.
2 - 6 weeks from £668 £689668
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!
5-12 weeks from £1,085 £1,1191085
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.
19 weeks or longer from £9,699 £9,9999699
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!
2 - 3 weeks from £775 £799775
Culture, turtles and beaches!
Conserve and care for wonderful turtles on the beautiful south-west coast of Sri Lanka! Make a difference and have fun on this fantastic hands-on wildlife experience.
2-4 weeks from £852 £879852
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!
2-4 weeks from £581 £599581
Help save the turtles and make a difference!
Volunteer with Costa Rica's amazing sea turtles and help to protect this endangered species. Intermediate/high level Spanish skills required.