Don't follow the crowd on your gap year, turn your hand to some original volunteering opportunities abroad and dare to do something different. As original volunteer opportunities are more widely available than ever before, there's no limit to what you can try on your gap year if you're prepared to stand out, not be a sheep!
Original animal anticsIf you're looking to have some animal adventures on your gap year, or go wild with the wonderful wildlife, there are some truly original volunteer programs on offer for all you animal lovers out there! South Africa has some sensational programs that offer original volunteering at its very best. Make your mark at monkey rehab and care for these cute and cuddly apes in their own environment. Or how about getting up close to other wildlife? Join an original volunteering programme working with wildlife in South Africa, so you do good with a difference.
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Marine madnessOriginal doesn't even begin to cover it when you look at the bizarre and brilliant volunteering opportunities working with marine wildlife across the world.Have a toothsome encounter with a Great White on the wild waters off Africa, on a whale and shark conservation project that will make for a gap year full of toothy grins. Or if you want to protect some of the planet's most endangered species, try taking up some turtle conservation in Sri Lanka and make sure your gap year is truly great as well as original, fun and most of all, meaningful.
Unique kidsTake up an original challenge on your gap year by becoming a community volunteer in Thailand, where you can be an original orphanage volunteer and help kids find their way to a better future. Or do something special with sports as you teach kids that its fitness first on an original sports volunteering. Helping kids across the world has always been a top priority, but now there are so many original volunteering opportunities you really are spoilt for choice.
Different destinationsNot only can you choose an original volunteer project with a difference, but you can take a trip off the beaten track too. Why not go for a green scene on a gap year on the Galapagos Islands, a dynamic and unique destination that offers something truly different? Volunteer and learn Spanish at the same time, as you take on a community or environmental challenge, on an original volunteering project in these unusual South American islands.
Be blown away!Don't forget, original volunteering is the only real way to get involved on your gap year. Don't play it safe, strike out and show what you're made of on an original volunteering program that will blow your mind!
South Africa Wild Adventure
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Wonderful wildlife adventures in South Africa!Our 15-day epic South African volunteering and safari adventure! Combines wildlife conservation, community volunteering, stunning safaris, camping in Kruger National Park, adventure activities and exciting excursions. It’s the ultimate African experience!
Amazon Wildlife Rescue
2 - 4 weeks from4.0 5
Head to the edge of the Amazon and help care for wildlife!Calling all animal lovers in search of an Amazonian adventure! Help care for wildlife at a rescue centre in the amazing Amazon jungle in Ecuador.
Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer in South Africa
2 - 8 weeks from4.0 20
1-4 weeks from4.5 14
Have an awesome elephant experience in stunning rural ThailandGet up close to these amazing creatures at an elephant project and live in a rural Thai village community. Help bathe the elephants, plant crops and harvest bamboo, and get involved with local community projects. A magical experience!
Volunteer in a School in Kerala - India
2-8 weeks from4.0 2
Make a real difference in children's lives!Volunteer with kids at schools in gorgeous Fort Kochi in Kerala. Help teach English in schools and care for kids as a volunteer in inspirational India!
Wildlife Volunteer Australia
2-8 weeks from4.5 6
Cape Town Community Volunteers
Up to 60 days from4.0 15
Volunteer with Disabled Children in India
2-8 weeks from
Look after disabled children in beautiful Kerala!Become a valued volunteer on this challenging but rewarding project looking after disabled children in beautiful Kerala, India.
Monkey Sanctuary Volunteers
2-12 weeks from4.0 20
Hands-on rehab project with cheeky primates!Join monkey rehab for 2 - 8 weeks, & have a swinging sanctuary time helping to support and return apes, monkeys & other animals to the wild.
South Africa Volunteer & Safari
8 or 10 weeks from4.5 27
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