Gap Year Volunteering

A volunteering gap year can be a fantastic experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, and here’s the ‘but’ – you need to prepare thoroughly to ensure you pick the right activity, and don't disrupt volunteer projects by backing out or leaving early.

Choosing the right voluntary project is the first step. If you follow traditional route, you will need to find a good, specialist, gap year organisation to arrange your volunteer project. Finally, checking all the dull but essential formalities should be central to your preparation.

In recent years, the actual contribution of the work carried out by some gap year volunteer projects has been brought into question, the usual allegation being that the more unscrupulous companies push the projects that will get the most bookings, even if the impact of what the volunteers do is limited or even detrimental. This is highly debatable and certainly not a reason to discount the idea, there are a great many fantastic companies, but it is a reason to do your homework and ask the right questions before you book.

The key is to approach a wide range of organisations and look into their company values, experience and support networks. Next to some of the placements listed in this section you will see a link to a ‘company profile’ where one has been submitted. Here you can read into the organisations core values and get some background information. You will also find a link to their website where you can usually find first hand accounts from volunteers. This should be the absolute minimum research you do. The point is to pick a volunteer project that suits your needs and abilities, do your research, and to go into it without the rose tinted specs on.

Latest volunteer projects

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Volunteer Abroad with Roast Jobs

Roast Jobs is a young and vibrant team that supports you throughout your overseas experience, from start to finish. Since 2008, thousands of candidate

Australia
Australia
Greece
Greece
Ireland
Ireland
Portugal
Portugal
Spain
Spain
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NGO Teaching
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"Magic Books" Project in Cusco

What is this project about?  The cultural project "Magic Books", through its volunteer project, has as its main objective to encourage and promote cul

Peru
Peru
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NGO Sustainable Living
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Sustainable Living Project Ecuador

20 minutes away by car from the beach, deliciously healthy food and a tropical mild climate. This experience is perfect for those who want to discover

Ecuador
Ecuador
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Gap Year Video Channel

Gap Year Travel with Oyster Worldwide

An introduction to gap years and the different types of gap year you could take with Oyster Worldwide - along with some handy tips for how to prepare for your time away!

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

Oyster volunteer in Tanzania. Jon give the class a treat and allows them to sing.

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Surf & Help Camp

Join NGO Taxi in Ecuador at our Surf & Help Camp! Help with vital marine wildlife conservation work and learn how to surf in one of South America's best surf spots.

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Oyster Volunteer Teacher in Chile

Ceri teaching a fantastic lesson about colours

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