Voluntary work can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend all or part of your gap-year..
The majority of gappers choosing to volunteer overseas are in the traditional gap-year age bracket of 17-23, but we're told by our partners that increasing numbers of career breakers and retired people are exploring this option.
The most popular types of projects overseas involve either humanitarian or conservationwork.
Humanitarian work might include building a school or community facility, teaching or nursing. It may be tough work in extremely conditions and do be prepared for some culture-shock, but the reward and feeling of accomplishment may be life-changing.
If you're interested in animals, wildlife and ecology, a conservation project may be for you. There are a huge number of conservation projects across the world and some fantastic opportunities to get up close to some of the world's most interesting animals, often in stunning locations.
Samantha choose to spend her Gap Year exploring the world and learning more about potential future careers by combining 5 Volunteer Teaching and Conservation projects - this made for an ultimate volunteer gap year experience before starting university!
Samantha started with volunteering at our Art after Scholl project in Perù before moving onto our jungle Amazon Conservation project in Colombia before heading back to the Kenya savannah to support the Elephant Conservation team. After Christmas she headed to Nepal to work with the English teacher team before finally ending on the tropical island of Fidji-Polinesia to assist the Marine Conservation team.