Working holidays, volunteering & volunteer holidays



uk flagA Broader View Volunteers Corp five star Featured Site

based: Pennsylvania, USA
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A Broader View Volunteers Corps logo

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
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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 |


uk flagi-to-i TEFL five star Featured Site

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itoi TEFL logoPaid 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 |


uk flagJohn Muir Trust

based: Perthshire, Scotland, UK
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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 |


uk flagJubilee Sailing Trust

based: Hampshire, UK
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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 |


uk flagNational Trust (The)

based: London, UK
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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 |


uk flagNest Trust (The) – Nicaragua English & Sustainable Tourism

based: Nicaragua & Birmingham. UK
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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 |


uk flagOyster Worldwide

based: East Sussex, UK
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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 |


uk flagSilver Swan Recruitment

based: London, UK
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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 |


TEFL International Prague – Language & Training

based: Prague, Czech Republic
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TEFL International Prague provides a 4-week TEFL course leading to an internationally recognized Certificate in TESOL. The course is externally moderated by TEFL International and accredited by Fairmont State University in Vermont, USA. All their successful course graduates get a teaching job guarantee in Prague and job guidance worldwide.

| English TEFL courses | gap year | summer schools | working/volunteer | Czech Republic |


uk flagTourRadar five star Featured Site

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TourRadar logoVolunteer 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 |


uk flagVolunteer Latin America

based: London, UK
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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 |


uk flagWorkers Beer Company

based: London, UK
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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 |


uk flagBlue Ventures Conservation

based: London, UK

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Dynamic marine volunteering positions available in Madagascar, researching threatened coral reefs ecosystems.

| working/volunteer | gap year | diving/snorkelling | Madagascar |


uk flagDisability Snowsport

based: Inverness-shire, UK

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Wintersports holidays and courses for people with a disability.

| for people with a disability | ski/snowboard | working/volunteer | Europe | USA | Scotland |







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

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 in schoolsVolunteering 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).