Volunteer in an orphanage or rehabilitative care centre for children to bring fun, games and emotional support to children in care. These childcare volunteering opportunities can be perfectly combined with teaching volunteering or a medical internship.
Stuck for time? Wanting to do a gap year or volunteering overseas, but not able to commit to a longer duration? If this is you, don’t despair! We have lots of short term options that can be done for as little as 1 week and up to 15 weeks so that you can really make the most of your summer.
Please note: the summer months of June – September are a very popular time to travel. We strongly advise early booking to guarantee a place on the dates you would like. Advance booking also helps with budgeting and getting a good deal on your flights.
Sydney: a world-renowned city known for its beauty, its beaches and its fast pace of life. Become part of a group setting up for life in Sydney, with full orientation, help with job and accommodation hunting and a great local insight to start your time in Oz with a bang.
Get your travel plans sorted before you go too, with a great 4 week East Coast trip and the chance to work in the Outback.
Step off the well beaten tourist track and into the heart of some of Australia’s most beautiful land and sea scapes. Immerse yourself in this rewarding volunteer programme to preserve some of Australia’s natural wonders – from physical landmarks such as Ayers Rock to the wildlife wonder of the Tasmanian Devil.
Help conserve the world’s depleting coral reefs diving off a stunning Thai island. Most of the world’s coral reefs are under threat – and, without them, fish would eventually cease to exist. Play an active part in the efforts being made to halt this shocking decline, whilst living as part of a Thai community on a beautiful stretch of island coastline.
Doing up to three dives a day, this is a perfect way to combine a passion for diving and conservation.
Become part of an important mission to unite people and elephants living in some of Namibia’s wildest desert conditions. Help to track, monitor and protect wild elephants, all whilst working alongside local people to protect their water supplies from these gentle giants.
Get all the skills you need and find a great job on a ranch in Australia with our paid farm work and training programme. You’ll start in Brisbane with an induction followed by a few days to relax and get over jet-lag at Rainbow beach, finally you will take part in a full farm training course before heading off to your first job. This programme includes a great job-finding service and your first job on a ranch is guaranteed.
It’s a great way to experience Australian life in the great outdoors- and fund some further travels!
Take your first steps on the path to working with wildlife in Africa with this well-regarded game ranger course. Live the life of a trainee game ranger on a lush reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5. Your course will combine both practical work out on the reserve, as well as the fascinating theory behind it.
Gain valuable medical experience working with a mobile medical unit, travelling around homes in and around Brasov city. Work closely with the nurses visiting patients for basic health check-ups, wound dressings and general health care.
Opportunities also exist working in a children’s hospital in the centre of Brasov. Here you will work closely with children on a ward, helping with play therapy and basic care.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see medical work in action, as well as gaining an insight into traditional Romanian life.
Gain valuable work experience as a volunteer shadowing doctors and nurses in a District Hospital. Get involved on a variety of wards and with a variety of patients for a great hands-on medical experience.
Volunteer in wild coastal areas of Costa Rica with a local charity, protecting adult and baby turtles from extinction. Live life on the beach, enjoying the beauty of the country, the turtles and the friendly communities. Get involved in the local community, from teaching children to conserving the beaches to get a real glimpse of life in rural Costa Rica.
Take a trip on the wild side as a volunteer with sharks in South Africa. Become part of a leading research expedition to discover more about the great white shark, the world’s favourite misunderstood creature. Spend your days out on the water – or even in the water, with some fantastic opportunities for cage diving with sharks. You’ll be observing their behaviour and contributing to forward thinking shark conservation and eco-tourism programmes.
Spend your summer living and earning in Jasper working in a hospitality role in one of its busy hotels. Enjoy all of the pursuits of this summer resort, from climbing to white water rafting, from mountain biking to hiking.
Enjoy the great Canadian outdoors as you spend the summer working in the Rockies. Work in either the hospitality or food and beverage areas of one of the resort’s leading international or family-run hotels.
Live and work in the beautiful year-round resort of Mont Tremblant. Improve your French and work in hospitality in one of the resort’s many bars and restaurants, making the most of the amazing opportunities in your free time. From water sports to hiking and from white water rafting to golf, there is almost too much to do!
Become a member of a close-knit Tanzanian village community as a volunteer teacher in either primary or secondary schools. Immerse yourself in village life, teach English to children and pass on your passions.
Call the Himalayas your second home and become so much more than a tourist. Immerse yourself in local life as a volunteer English teacher in the beautiful Kathmandu Valley, living with a local family as part of a close community.
Give your time, love and enthusiasm to kids in township schools and nurseries around Port Elizabeth. Encourage them in their learning, developing their English and giving them confidence in the classroom. Volunteers work alongside full time staff to provide support and an extra dimension to the education provided to these children.
Immerse yourself in the life of a vet on a Big 5 game reserve, shadowing a full time vet and getting hands on in basic care. Get to grips with checking on the health and well being of the animals, all whilst living in the heart of a lush reserve home to hundreds of species of animals.
Coach football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis or swimming in one of the world’s greatest sporting nations, bringing your love for sports into some of Africa’s poorest townships. Coach just one or a combination of these sports to improve not only the children’s sporting abilities and teamwork, but your own as well. If that’s not enough for you, you can even get involved with childcare and teaching!
Help protect and conserve the world’s most beloved animal in Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. These abused bears have been given a new start in life and you can play a vital part in their recovery.
Give love, laughter and lessons to some of Romania’s abandoned and sick children. Bring your smiles and enthusiasm into hospitals and children’s homes, and make a life changing impact on these adorable kids.
Ever fancied really getting to know the gentle giants that roam South Africa’s plains? Get up close and personal with African elephants as a volunteer in a stunning park along the popular Garden Route.
Preserve and improve the lives of the Asian elephant in the midst of the Thai jungle. Make a real contribution to a rapidly developing conservation organisation in Northern Thailand. Providing sanctuary to disabled, blind, and orphaned elephants that have been abused as working animals and used for street begging, you’ll actively be helping improve their lives and the conditions in which they live
Volunteer with the King of the Beasts in South Africa’s largest big cat sanctuary. Help to return these neglected and abused cats to the life of pride and majesty that they deserve in the rolling African plains. With plenty of lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards, this is a cat lover’s paradise!
Become a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons in the world’s largest primate rehabilitation centre, helping them on a journey back to life in the wild.
Help protect Borneo’s orphaned orangutans from extinction at this inspiring rehabilitation centre located in the heart of Kalimantan. Become part of a dedicated team working to make sure that the orangutans do not become a forgotten species. This is an exciting opportunity for those with veterinary and graphic design experience.
Featured recently on the BBC documentary “Orangutans: The Great Ape Escape”, this project is a moving contribution to a species in danger of extinction.
Live the life of an assistant game ranger on a lush game reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5. Assist with promoting the survival of African flora and fauna in this beautiful conservation area on the Bushman’s River.
Help, preserve and protect over 400 neglected animals at this wildlife haven. Become part of an important mission to rescue wild animals from neglect and abuse, giving them a home in this amazing sanctuary, or even back in the wild. From bears to birds, from monkeys to gibbons, you will make a valuable contribution to this moving venture.
Also on site at the sanctuary is an elephant refuge with limited space for volunteers. As part of your project we shall endeavour to arrange at least one week for you to help with these mistreated gentle giants.