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Voluntary Work for Gap Years



Choosing to work on a voluntary basis during your year out or summer break is something that will stay with you forever. You could make a real difference to the organisation or community you are working with, as well as getting valuable work experience.

Some of the most popular voluntary placements and programs available from the organisations on this page are up to four weeks in duration, so you can combine a volunteering placement with working elsewhere to help with your budget. Take time to browse the different options available to you on this page to find a voluntary job which pays more than just financial dividends.



 
 

Companies that can help you find voluntary work

 
Projects Abroad Volunteering in Africa

Projects Abroad

Trusted, meaningful & responsible volunteering and internship opportunities for 16 – 75 year olds, in 25 amazing countries. Since 1992, Projects Abroad have sent over 115,000 people on projects across the world, including Teaching, Care, Community, Sports, Medicine, Conservation, Law and Human Rights and Journalism.

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Raleigh International

Raleigh International

Inspirational & challenging expeditions in Costa Rica & Tanzania. On expedition you will complete an environmental project, a community development project as well as an exhilarating adventure challenge.

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Pod Volunteer

Pod Volunteer

Volunteer at an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical and supported projects at animal sanctuaries, conservation and community initiatives around the world. The expert and friendly Pod Volunteer team are here to help you and have all volunteered themselves!

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African Conservation Experience

African Conservation Experience

African Conservation Experience provide all ages with the opportunity to work alongside experienced zoologists, conservationists, wildlife vets and reserve managers In southern Africa.

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Voluntary Project Abroad

Deciding to join a voluntary project abroad or in the UK on your gap year will most likely result in you spending time with like-minded people, doing something you believe in, learning new skills, developing your confidence and improving that CV,as well as making a real difference. 

Volunteering overseas or closer to home offers an incredible and enriching experience which can be part or all of your gap year. Volunteering placements can involve anything from conservation to community programs building hospitals or shelters, helping with clean water projects or coaching children in developing countries.