For many young people a gap year is simply a chance to have some fun and travel the world. There are many things to do and see on a year off, and many ways to make the most of your time. Some people, however, may feel inclined to use their gap year to do volunteer work abroad and help out in international communities. Volunteer travel can be a great way to see the world and to travel while also leaving a positive impact on poorer international communities. Here we take a look at some of the different types of projects you could get involved in on your gap year.

Volunteer Work Abroad: Building Schools in Poor Communities

If you want to do some physical work while doing your volunteer travel experience, try researching construction projects in poor communities.

This is a popular way to spend a period of volunteer work abroad as it can teach you a lot about the value of hard work, and you will find yourself learning new skills which will be useful in later life. There are often projects in building schools, houses and libraries for communities in Africa and other areas of the third world. Although the physical work can be demanding you will find it very rewarding as you can clearly see your progress and what you are contributing to the community through your generous volunteer travel time abroad.

Volunteer Travel 

Teach English Abroad Another way to do some good volunteer work abroad is to teach English, or other subjects in schools in poor communities.

Schools like these are often lacking qualified English teachers, and so native English speakers who are prepared to use their knowledge to benefit the schools are in high demand. This is a great way to integrate yourself into a community and spend time with the locals, getting to the local customs and ways of life.

Volunteer with a Conservation Project

For those who are more interested in wildlife and nature, a period of volunteer work abroad on a conservation project can be a great way to spend your time and energy. These projects are particularly popular in Central America, where the wonderfully diverse wildlife is under threat. If you choose this type of volunteer travel, you could find yourself helping out with turtles, iguanas, sloths and birds, all in a beautiful natural setting. This is a great way to make sure you leave a positive impact of the environment during your gap year, and will leave you with some extremely special memories.

So, if you decide to do volunteer work abroad on your gap year, take a look at the many options available to you. You could end up teaching in a foreign community, building schools and homes for poorer people or getting involved in saving some of the world’s most fascinating animals.

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