Going on a gap year can certainly be a rewarding and enriching experience, as you get the chance to learn more about different cultures in some of the most amazing countries in the world. However, if you want to give something back to the destinations you visit, why not volunteer abroad?
Real Gap Experience offers hundreds of voluntary placements, where not only can you gain a deeper insight into the places that you visit, but you will also have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the local people.
Find out more about our top gap year volunteering projects
Whether you want to commit just a few weeks of your travels to volunteering or are looking to dedicate a longer period of time to community work, we're bound to have a project that is suitable for you.
Just tell us what you would like to get involved in and where you wish to go and we'll match you with the right opportunities.
We'll take into account any special interests or skills you have so that when you volunteer abroad you'll be helping out a good cause in the most effective way possible.
If you're unsure about where you would like to go, check out our top 10 gap year volunteering projects.
These include helping to build houses for underprivileged people in Guatemala and getting involved with caring for cheetahs and elephants in Namibia.
However, if you've always wanted to travel to Asia and are keen to spend some time volunteering in community projects, we can help you do this.
Why not visit Thailand? Here you'll have the chance to work in local schools and orphanages, as well as being able to visit some of the country's oldest indigenous groups to learn more about their day-to-day lives and their views on the world.
But there'll also be plenty of opportunity for you to travel around and relax. During your volunteer placement, you can learn how to cook authentic Thai food, as well as get to explore the hills of Sangkhlaburi.
Alternatively, you may want to spend some time volunteering at a ranch while on a visit to the United States. Here you'll get the chance to pitch hay, gather cows on horseback and learn how to lasso!
Animal conservation in China, giving surf lessons to youngsters in South Africa and teaching English in Moldova are some of the other volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in, so there will be plenty of rewarding experiences for you to be a part of.
Contact Real Gap Experience to find out more about volunteering abroad
If you would like to more know about spending some or all of a gap year volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Here at Real Gap Experience we have arranged for thousands of people to go on life-changing volunteer projects all over the world, so wherever you want to go or would like to do during your time, we are in the ideal position to help you.
Why not get in touch with one of our experts today? You can ring us on 01892 516164 or contact us through the online form from our website.
Many of our team have spent time volunteering abroad themselves, so we are able to provide you with firsthand advice about how satisfying and fun it can be to get involved in community and conservation projects overseas.