A Broader View Volunteers Corp
based: Pennsylvania, USA
Charitable not for profit organization arranging volunteer projects abroad, offering travelers the opportunity to explore a new country while taking part in rewarding and meaningful service work. Ideal as gap year trips. Get a broader view of the world: volunteer your time and efforts to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Spanish language | ecological tours | Africa | South America | Central America | Asia |
INFO Nepal – Global Volunteers for Nepal
based: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
A customised program that enables volunteers to make an important contribution to the Nepali people, while gaining an in-depth experience of the language and culture. INFO provides training and placements in communities and schools across Nepal. Volunteers may be involved in English teaching, environmental awareness, income generating programmes, health care education, or assisting in orphanages and children's homes.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Nepal |
i-to-i TEFL Featured Site
Paid or volunteer work teaching English abroad, a range of TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) courses which can be combined with paid TEFL internships». Or TEFL experiences» which combine courses, teaching and adventure travel. Destinations include China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Spain, South Africa and Colombia.
| English TEFL course | working/volunteer | gap year | Asia | South Africa | Colombia | Spain |
John Muir Trust
based: Perthshire, Scotland, UK
Conservation Work Parties where you can volunteer to help carry out conservation work in wild and beautiful places. The John Muir Trust is a registered Scottish charity with the aim of protecting and conserving wild places and increasing awareness and understanding of such places.
| working/volunteer | Scotland |
Jubilee Sailing Trust
based: Hampshire, UK
Adventure sailing holidays for able-bodied and disabled people. The JST is a UK based charity that aims to promote the integration of able bodied and disabled people through adventure sailing holidays. The JST welcomes people from all over the world onto its two specially designed tall ships, the Lord Nelson and Tenacious.
| sailing (large boat /sail ship) | for people with a disability | working /volunteer | UK | Ireland | USA | Europe | Canaries | Worldwide |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
National Trust (The)
based: London, UK
Working holidays in National Trust locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include historic buildings as well as countryside, coastal, woodland and farm locations. Many different types of holiday aimed at a wide variety of interests and age groups.
| working/volunteer | archaeological digs | country crafts | botanical | youth/teen | UK |
Nest Trust (The) – Nicaragua English & Sustainable Tourism
based: Nicaragua & Birmingham. UK
Voluntary project offering unique opportunities to live and work with rural communities in the coffee growing mountains of Nicaragua. Teach English to young guides and make a valuable contribution to the region's rural tourism programmes, which are vital for environmental conservation and the livelihoods of the small producers.
| working/volunteer | ethical and ecotourism | Nicaragua |
based: Norfolk, UK
Since 2006, Original Volunteers have been providing structured volunteer placements worldwide in grassroots projects in need of extra help. Projects last from 1 to 24 weeks. Guidance, orientation and ongoing support is provided throughout placements and the work is in health, education, conservation and construction.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Africa | Asia | South America | Eastern Europe |
based: East Sussex, UK
Gap year specialist for volunteer and paid placements to worldwide destinations. Offering a wide range of projects (from two weeks, to a full year) which include working with children in Romania, learning Spanish and teaching English in Chile, sports coaching in South Africa and paid work in Australia or Canada.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |
Silver Swan Recruitment
based: London, UK
Fancy working a ski season or working the summer as villa staff or crewing on a yacht? Silver Swan Recruitment is an agency specialising in chalet, villa, yacht and private household staff; their clients range from large tour operators, to small family-run travel businesses or luxury privately owned properties.
| working/volunteer | Worldwide |
TourRadar Featured Site
Volunteer work and community tours and trips worldwide. TourRadar has over 150 tours from a wide range of operators, these cover at least 25 different countries and range from 3-day trips to those of over 80 days. Areas covered include: wildlife and conservation, education and language teaching, community projects, working with children, health projects ...
| working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |
Volunteer Latin America
based: London, UK
Providing free and low-cost volunteer work in Central and South America for independent volunteers; offering a wide variety of projects including opportunities to volunteer and learn Spanish abroad.
| working/volunteer | gap year | Spanish language | South America |
Workers Beer Company
based: London, UK
Volunteer work helping run beer tents at leading UK music festivals for anyone who is part of a trade union, campaigning or community group (work payments go to the campaigning organisation). Workers get free entry to the festival and drinks after work shifts.
| working/volunteer | UK |
Blue Ventures Conservation
based: London, UK
Dynamic marine volunteering positions available in Madagascar, researching threatened coral reefs ecosystems.
| working/volunteer | gap year | diving/snorkelling | Madagascar |
based: Inverness-shire, UK
Wintersports holidays and courses for people with a disability.
| for people with a disability | ski/snowboard | working/volunteer | Europe | USA | Scotland |
THAILAND: Various Thai volunteer projects
A range of volunteer projects and community work packages across Thailand, offering a choice of projects with a number of different operators.
Included are volunteer tour packages such as: teaching English to the children of tribes in Chiang Rai; working with elephants and on micro-development projects in Surin; teaching or development projects on Koh Samui island; a healthcare and medical experience in Surin; various hill tribe and child development volunteer projects; volunteering work with beach time included going through Bangkok, Thailand and Krabi; and a tour package travelling through Chiang Mai with volunteer work en-route.
UK: Working holidays with the National Trust
A wide range of working holidays in beautiful locations while you help keep National Trust places special. National Trust working holidays might be:
Active: combining conservation work with active pursuits like surfing, sailing, wild swimming, coasteering, walking and cycling.
Archaeological: ideal for people interested in archaeology who want to learn how an archaeological site looks and works.
Countryside & Coast: conservation work helping to preserve some of Britain's most beautiful landscapes.
Construction: hands-on work on vital rebuilding and repair works such as walls, footpaths and storm drains.
Event based: helping out at a National Trust event like a fete, Christmas fair or family fun-day.
Farming: practical farm work such as stock management, gate hanging or fencing.
Gardening: working in one of the National Trust's stunning gardens.
Historic houses: discover a National Trust property while working with its historic collections, archive material, or as the house is packed up at the end of the season.
Rural skills: a opportunity to learn traditional skills such as hedge-laying, cider making, coppicing, or learning green woodworking.
Special interest: working holidays with a difference; combining conservation work with activities like digital photography, arts, crafts, bush-craft or stone carving.
TANZANIA: Zanzibar Island volunteer work
A 14-day volunteer working project in Tanzania, helping to build new schools in rural communities and assisting to promote literacy, health and hygeine in the classroom. This tour package starts from Dar-es-Salaam and visits a number of destinations including Zanzibar Island, off Tanzania's eastern coast, and Arusha, at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.
On the island you'll also be able to swim with dolphins, sail and snorkel, before returning to mainland Tanzania to finish the trip with a two-day safari, camping in in Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Park.
SOUTH AFRICA: Volunteer work projects
A choice from over 60 volunteer working projects and tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, organized by Khaya Volunteer Projects, an Africa based operator providing unique and responsible volunteer projects working with children, communities, wildlife, sports and education. Offering trips ranging from just a few days to several weeks.
Included are packages such as: wildlife research, volunteering with children, orphanage placements, wildlife conservation, community projects, wildlife rehabilitation, children's hospital project, a children's home social internship, lion sanctuary placement, sport and leisure management, primary school teaching, township sports coaching, the human dignity center project, and an African bush and wildlife experience.
Working and volunteer holidays
This section lists short working holidays and volunteer breaks (volunteering) in the UK, Europe, Asia, America, Africa, South America and Worldwide. The format of volunteering and working holidays varies, but all will include a work element, be it paid, voluntary and unpaid, or paid in kind.
Working holidays will typically include a substantial element of (often unpaid/low paid) work combined with recreation activities and travel. For example, this might include work as chalet staff in ski resorts, with time off to ski and board; work in language schools with time off to enjoy the beach; or work on conservation projects with arranged recreational activities and excursions.
Volunteering & volunteer holidays
Volunteering holidays will typically include working for worthy causes often in developing countries. The work might be on development programmes, community projects, medical or educational projects, or wildlife and conservation. Many volunteering holidays will also include 'holiday' down time for recreation and travel. This sort of trip allows participants to experience another culture, meet new people or advance career prospects.
Worth a look
In this section working and volunteer holidays will tend to be shorter breaks than those found in our gap year section (although there is a lot of overlap and many organisations listed are found in both categories).