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! Why not spend your summer working abroad? 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.
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 some of the worlds most beautiful beaches to the wildlife wonder of the Tasmanian Devil.
This project is perfect for those with a love for the environment and the great outdoors. Whether you are a student, professional or a retiree, anyone is welcome to make a genuine difference and contribute to protecting some of the most beautiful and remote islands in the world. Choose a gateway city and travel out to your conservation site to work with passionate and inspiring local Kiwis!
Help to promote conservation and biodiversity in the Galapagos, the jewel in the crown of the stunning equatorial country of Ecuador. Get back to nature volunteering to improve the habitats for native creatures, from incredible bird life to giant tortoises. If that isn’t enough of a draw, enjoy your free time swimming in the crystal clear waters, diving with amazing marine life and spending a day at the beach with a crowd of sea lions.
Help conserve the world’s depleting coral reefs as a marine conservation volunteer in Thailand. Immerse yourself in the underwater world completing daily dives off the stunning Thai island of Koh Phangan, all whilst helping with an important research and conservation project.
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, combining your passion for diving, conservation and travelling.
Make a dream a reality working with elephants in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Help to promote the protection and survival of these endangered elephants in the depths of Sri Lanka’s stunning interior. Become part of an important initiative to help elephants and communities live together – and experience the incredible privilege of working with these gentle giants.
Become part of a moving journey to return elephants to their native jungle. This inspiring volunteer project brings elephants back from their lives performing and trekking for tourists, rehabilitating them into a life in the wild that has been all but forgotten.
Become part of an important mission to unite people and elephants living in southern Africa’s vast and beautiful desert, the Namib. Help to track, monitor and protect wild elephants, all whilst working alongside local people to protect their water supplies from these gentle giants.
Work closely with rescued Asian elephants in this inspiring elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Liberated from lives begging in the streets of Bangkok, these elephants have now found a home in the beautiful and sprawling grounds of this sanctuary. Helping with their feeding, care and bathing, you’ll be actively contributing to improving their lives and welfare.
Also on site is an remarkable wildlife sanctuary, home to sun bears, monkeys, gibbons, macaques and much more. If you would like to lend a helping hand with these other mistreated and amazing animals, we can arrange for at least a week of your time to be spent helping with the other wildlife too.
Experience life as a jackeroo or jillaroo on a ranch in the vast and beautiful Australian Outback. Learn to ride dirt bikes and horses, muster and work with cattle, pick up fencing skills, use chainsaws and operate tractors on our fantastic introductory farm training week. Oh and did we mention you are guaranteed a paid job at the end of the programme? What more could you ask for?!
This is the best way to experience true Aussie outdoor lifestyle and meet real rural locals. It is also a really great opportunity to save some money and fund further travels around this amazing country!
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 and gain genuine medicine work experience – as well as gaining an insight into traditional Romanian life.
Help to improve the lives of orangutans in inspiring locations on mainland Malaysia and on the stunning island of Borneo. Actively care for these great apes in a primate centre near Kuala Lumpur, before heading into Borneo’s jungle to observe them in their natural habitats.
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 part of a small surfing community and experience the joys of living at a surf camp on Australia’s East Coast just south of Sydney. Whether you start as a complete beginner, or a pro surf instructor aiming to improve your skills, this fully immersive surfing programme will have you on your feet and riding the waves in no time. With coaching from expert surf instructors, lessons on the science of surfing, and surfing fitness sessions too, your skills will develop rapidly as you take your practice to the next level at our surf camp and development course in Australia!
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.
On our unique trek and tour, not only will you trek through the dramatic Himalayan landscape, with its snow-capped mountains and glistening glaciers, you will also get to ride an elephant on a safari and white water raft down the rapids at the Chitwan National Park. Not enough? To top it off, you will get to tour the mystical Tibetan region, with its magnificent monasteries, sacred mountains and serene lakes.
For adventure, culture and scenery, this tour really does have it all.
Immerse yourself in the life of a vet on a Big 5 game reserve, shadowing a vet and other wildlife specialists 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. This experience is fantastic for those looking to learn more about living and working on a game reserve in a veterinary capacity.
Live the life of a mobile vet on this veterinary internship in South Africa. On the move between game reserves, farms and veterinary clinics you will gain a valuable insight into veterinary work abroad in a developing country. Explore the beautiful Eastern Cape whilst helping to improve the welfare of the animals living both in the wild, on farms and within disadvantaged communities.
Coach football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball 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!
Volunteer in Laos, teaching young Buddhist monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage town. Live and experience day-to-day life in an exciting, culturally rich town, next to the Mekong River. Work with young, novice monks and help them to improve their English, helping them to improve the employability in the future. By giving back to the community, gain a privileged insight into the Buddhist religion.
Volunteer with sun bears, the world’s smallest species of bear, at an inspiring rehabilitation centre in Borneo. Taken illegally from the wild at a young age, these sun bears have been imprisoned as pets in tiny enclosures. Rescued from this cruel captivity, they now have the opportunity to start a new life living in freedom. Become a part of this moving journey of rehabilitation and giving these bears the life that they deserve.
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 as a volunteer with these adorable kids.
Head to the “Land of a Million Elephants”, where now only 400 elephants are living in the wild. Volunteer at an inspiring rescue and rehabilitation centre, dedicated to conserving the species and promoting the survival of these gentle giants.
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.
Help to give old, disabled, orphaned and overworked elephants a place to call home on this life-changing elephant volunteering project. Join a leading elephant park and help them to care for their rescued elephants, giving them a life that is a far cry from their previous existences.
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.
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.
Head into the jungle as a volunteer at a primate rescue centre on the fringes of the Amazon rain forest. Help to care for rescued monkeys, enabling them to live a life as close to the wild as possible in this stunning riverside sanctuary.
Take a trip on the wild side as a volunteer with sharks in South Africa. Become part of an exciting expedition to discover more about the great white shark, the world’s favourite misunderstood creature. Spend your days out on the water observing the sharks and contributing to forward thinking shark conservation and eco-tourism programmes. Not close enough? Tick an item off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too!
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.
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 to protect and regenerate wildlife habitats and rainforest alongside the beautiful and meandering river Kinabatangan. Spend your days out on the river monitoring the local wildlife, from orangutans to pygmy elephants, as well as replanting and conserving their jungle home. This is a real opportunity to live in a small remnant of paradise – and help to keep it that way.
Walk into the wilderness and help to care for rescued wildlife in this inspiring sanctuary located on the edge of the Amazon rain forest. Work with over 200 animals from monkeys to forest cats, from birds to caimans, from tortoises to rodents, and much more. You will see these mistreated animals fully enjoying their new life in this wildlife haven, and be able to contribute to this ongoing venture.
Volunteer in Laos to help over 600 animals at the country’s only wildlife sanctuary. Work alongside a passionate team to promote animal welfare, create enrichments and build enclosures for the rescued animals that call the sanctuary home. Delight in working alongside some amazing Asian wildlife, from Asiatic black bears to sun bears, from gibbons to macaques, from birds to crocodiles.
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.
Education opens doors, making it one of the most important gifts you can receive. Take part in our women’s empowerment programme in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and teach local women English. Live in a stunning city, nestled in a valley between the Mekong River and majestic mountains and become part of a inviting and intriguing community. This is a fulfilling programme for volunteers looking to join a movement that aims to increase disadvantaged women’s access to education, helping to boost their future employability.
Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island with a fantastic orientation including a trip to the beautiful Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga and a historic day of complete immersion into the rich Maori culture. Take full advantage of the support from our Auckland team who will be there to help set up bank accounts, tax file numbers and sim cards, and deliver detailed presentations on job finding. You will be entitled to 12 month assistance with paid work and lots of help in the most important part – travelling and having fun!
Sydney: a world-renowned city known for its beauty, its beaches and its fast pace of life. Join a group of like-minded backpackers and get set up for life in Sydney. With a full orientation, access to 12 months of job finding assistance as well as advice on accommodation and travel options you will to start your time in Oz with a bang.
Immerse yourself in the life of a zoo keeper working alongside experts at a leading Malaysian zoo. Gain first hand experience working with primates, sun bears, elephants, tigers and much more, all whilst actively promoting animal welfare and improving the lives of these exotic creatures.