Change your world and someone else’s
If you want more from your gap year, volunteering is the ideal way to really experience an overseas destination and gain a deeper understanding of a culture and community than just as a tourist passing through. Volunteering for all or part of a gap year abroad is a two-way street; you'll get just as much out of your trip as the people you are helping. Find out more >>
Teach English and be immersed in a different culture
Teach English overseas and you'll also be learning as you go - a gap year helping children and adults learn your native language is a rewarding experience that will enrich your life and theirs. Whether you would like to travel to Africa, Asia, South or Central America or even Europe, there are plenty of places where you can teach others and see the sights on a gap year. Find out more >>
Skills just for thrills
Not all learning leads to a degree, some courses are just for fun. And it's a fact that the best way to learn a foreign language is in a country where it's the predominant tongue. But don't limit yourself to languages, how about Archaeology work experience in Lima, Marine Biology in South Africa or perfecting your yoga poses in India? Bring back a souvenir you'll use for life! Take the initiative, boost your CV and invest in your future – all whilst making memories and friendships to last a lifetime.
Earn money and travel at the same time
Live like a local, earn the local currency and gain life experiences that you just can't buy on a working holiday overseas. Getting a job on your gap year abroad not only allows you to earn more money for travel, you'll be filling your CV with bragworthy skills whether you further your career with an internship or try your hand at something new. A working holiday could see you nannying in Europe, pulling pints in Ireland, or building communities in Thailand! For an amazing immersion experience where you'll really feel part of the action, a working holiday is something you'll never regret.
Why I chose to volunteer abroad
Volunteering abroad comes with a bit of a social stigma. The 'gap yah' comedy sketch, where posh boy Orlando boasts about his drunken adventures, has led many to dismiss overseas volunteer projects as a middle-class cliche. From my experience, the stereotype couldn't be further from the truth.
Travel Confessions: Volunteer Kelsey Forrest in Cambodia
Kelsey Forrest is a volunteer veteran. She’s been to Cambodia, South Africa and Zambia on different volunteer programs and she enjoyed it so much, she went back to Cambodia and has plans to visit Africa again too.