Gap Year Volunteering Abroad Programs

Gap Year Volunteering Abroad Programs

Volunteering Solutions offers amazing and affordable gap year abroad programs, available across 25+ countries in Asia, AfricaEuropeSouth America, and Australia. These highly immersive, engaging, and impactful projects include Teaching English, Childcare Projects, Volunteering with Animals, Women Empowerment, Medical Volunteering, Community Development, etc.

A gap year is a time to challenge yourself, realize your strengths and work on your weaknesses, meet people you’d never meet ordinarily, and contribute meaningfully to society.  Volunteering Solutions helps you realize this dream in a hassle-free way and takes care of everything - project placements, travel, pre-departure preparation, insurance, visa assistance, flights - and basically everything under the sun at very affordable costs!

Best Gap Year Volunteering Abroad Opportunities

Here are some of the major highlights of gap year programs abroad:

  • Living like a local in homestays and volunteer houses, mingling with people from around the world under one roof.
  • Soaking in the local culture, learning about their history and heritage, and also knowing how to cook the local cuisine.
  • Working alongside professionals, building new skills, and honing existing ones.
  • Engaging in dedicated and impactful volunteer work to make a difference.
  • Exploring weekend travel options with fellow gap year travelers and volunteers.

Here are 5 best gap year opportunities abroad:

Summer Volunteering Programs Abroad - Volunteering abroad in the summer is like having a blast in the sun! No matter where you go or what you do, you'll make a big difference. Whether you're helping out at daycare centers in India or taking care of elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand, teaching English in Tanzania, or spreading joy to kids in Peru, your gap year will be full of emotions and lessons. You can explore amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites, go on a beach-hopping adventure in Thailand, or trek through the Himalayas in India and Nepal. Enjoy tasty food in Spain or Mexico, see the incredible Big 5 animals on safaris in Kenya or Tanzania, and fall in love with the adorable turtles in Costa Rica!

Short-Term Volunteering Programs Abroad - Plan your gap year abroad with a bunch of short-term volunteering programs. Start your journey with 2 weeks in India, then 2 weeks in Nepal, and finally 2 weeks in Thailand, in Asia. You can do this for a couple of months and cover 5 to 6 countries! In each country, you'll work on various projects and get to explore mountains and beaches along the way. Similarly, you can spend your gap year in Africa, South America, or Europe.

Medical Internships for Gap Year - If you are a pre-med, medical, nursing, or dental student who’s keen to travel for a gap year abroad, then the best thing would be to intern in your desired country, under professional guidance. This will also help you learn about different departments in hospitals and figure out what you might want to pursue in the future.

Childcare and Teaching Volunteer Programs Abroad - For those who love to spend time with children, and are keen on spreading the lights of education in the underprivileged parts of the world, these programs are perfect. Being a part of these programs, your role will be to ensure these children receive ample love and care, teach them basic English and Maths lessons, and guide them toward a healthy and happy life. 

Community Development Programs - Yet another perfect gap year program, here you'll do everything from building and renovating to teaching kids in needy schools, working with local groups on gender equality and finance projects, and organizing events to raise awareness. These programs let volunteers really dive in, get their hands dirty, and help solve problems, making a real impact on people's lives. Whether you want to work in Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America, we're here to help you find a meaningful program for your gap year.

While gap years are commonly taken after high school, college, or graduation, some individuals opt to take them later in life as well. This could be during a career break or after retirement, when they have more time to explore and make a difference. 

So what you are waiting for? Join us and let this moment mark the beginning of your gap year volunteering abroad. 

What do our past volunteers say?

“I thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering experience in Ireland! The host family and coordinator were wonderful. My volunteer experience in a charity shop was fun and I met a lot of great people. On the weekends I traveled to various areas in Ireland - a beautiful, friendly country! I would recommend this destination!” - Catherine C, Gap Year Volunteering in Ireland


“I spent two unforgettable weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, volunteering with an elementary school through the Sports Development Program. It was all about helping kids with their schoolwork and teaching them sports, but it turned out to be so much more. The best part was seeing the kids’ faces light up during our sports sessions. It wasn’t just about keeping them busy; it was about teaching them important life skills through play. I learned a lot too, like how to be flexible and make the best out of what you have. Volunteering in Cape Town was one of the best experiences of my life.” - Demyan K, Sports Development Volunteer in Cape Town


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