A gap year volunteer abroad teaches a child the alphabet in Thailand as part of her Childcare Project.

Gap Year Volunteer Abroad Programs

Use your gap year to explore other countries, realize your potential, and gain real-world experience

With Projects Abroad, you can have a gap year abroad where you fulfill your potential while exploring the world. We offer a wide range of options, so we can match a lot of your gap year ideas. Interested in a gap year spent volunteering with animals? Eager to use your gap year to add work experience to your CV? Whatever you need for your gap year, we can help make it a reality!  

This is what you can expect from our gap year projects: 

  • Work on long-term, sustainable solutions to specific problems and make a real impact
  • Add real-life experience to your CV
  • Get first-hand insight into global challenges facing people today
  • Work closely with local community members and organisations
  • Become more independent

Planning gap years is our speciality, and we offer a hassle-free and completely flexible experience for gap year travel. You can choose:

  • What kind of work you want to do
  • Which country you want to go to
  • How long you want to travel, and your own start dates 

You can customise your gap year abroad by combining Flexi Trips in different countries, or join our pre-arranged and all-inclusive Global Gap Project

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Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.
Medical Internships in Ghana
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  • Price: $2,785 CAD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $480 CAD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Ages: 16 or over
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.
Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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  • Price: $3,040 CAD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $480 CAD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
Local medical staff with a group of Projects Abroad Medicine interns doing work experience placements in Tanzania.
Medicine Internship in Tanzania
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  • Price: $3,265 CAD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $480 CAD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
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Gap Year Ideas: What can I do?

When it comes to your gap year abroad, we can help you find a project that will help you accomplish what you want to do for your year off. 

Here are the trips you can choose from if you want to spend your gap year volunteering abroad: 

  • Flexi Trips give you the space to be independent, while still having the support of our staff whenever you need it
  • Team Trips give you the chance to work with a group of people to achieve a specific goal in a shorter period of time
  • Global Gap offers a longer-term, fully planned gap year experience, where you visit and work in six different countries for 28 weeks
  • Gap Semester Trips lasting 6-10 weeks. These take you to multiple countries and projects within a particular region of the world. 

Our Gap Semester Trips and Global Gap Project is ideal for anyone taking a gap year before university. If you’re 18 years old and looking for gap year ideas, we encourage you to check it out! 

Under 18? You may be interested in our High School Special Projects, which are designed specifically for young students and first-time travellers. 

Gap Year Internships Abroad

If you want to work abroad for your gap year, we offer various internships where you can get professional, real-world experience and focus on career development. Choose from gap year internships in areas like Medicine, Law, and Business, and work alongside experts in the field.

These programmes are similar to our volunteer projects, in that you can choose from Flexi Trips, Team Trips, High School Specials, etc. 

Read a full list of our internships abroad.

Planning a Gap Year

Planning a gap year doesn’t need to be stressful! We take a hassle-free approach to our trips, so we’re here to help you take care of all the details. We also offer a flight booking service to make your travels even easier. 

Many of our staff members have taken gap years themselves, and they’ll be able to help you plan a trip that matches your interests and goals. Speak to a Project Expert today to learn more about our gap year volunteer programmes abroad.

Will I be safe on my gap year abroad?

At Projects Abroad, your safety is our primary concern. We won’t send you to a country that’s politically unstable or considered unsafe. In addition, we have dedicated staff in-country who are there to support you 24/7

When you arrive in a country to kick-off your gap year abroad, we’ll have staff there to meet you at the airport. We’ll also make sure you get to the airport safely when you fly home or to your next destination. On your first day, you’ll receive a full briefing. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about where you’re living and the work you’ll do.  

As an added measure of safety, all of our placements are fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Why should I volunteer during my gap year?

We want you to get the most out of your gap year. So, depending on your goals, we’ll help you put together a gap year travel program that will benefit you the most.

Here are six of the most popular reasons our previous volunteers chose to volunteer abroad for their gap years:  

  1. Explore a career path: Explore potential career paths and discover what you’re passionate about. It’s also a great way to find out if you have what it takes to pursue a especially challenging career, like medicine or law. If you’re not sure what you want to do, you experiment and spend time on various programs and internships. 
  2. Gain practical experience: Get your career off to the best start with global experience. You’ll learn directly from local professionals by working alongside them. For example, you can shadow doctors in Kenya, or sit in on meetings with lawyers in China. With real-world experience under your belt, you’ll give your resume an extra edge over the competition.
  3. Get an international perspective: People around the world are struggling with different challenges and issues every day. You’ll gain a deeper insight into these global issues, and you’ll learn about different ways to help people where it’s needed most. 
  4. Become a part of positive change in the world: At Projects Abroad, our first goal is to benefit the communities we work in. Each of our volunteer projects and internships is ethical, well-supported, and part of a better future. We work with continuing management plans to make sure our impact is sustainable. We track our impact using resources like our own Global Impact Database. You can read about our impact to find out what you’ll be a part of.
  5. Travel and tick countries off your bucket list: Use your gap year to broaden your horizons, immerse yourself in new cultures, and explore breathtaking landscapes. It’s an opportunity to see the world as a new classroom!
  6. Discover what you’re capable of: Travel can be a transformative experience. Seeing a different part of the world will give you a fresh perspective of who you are in the world, how you can help others, and what your strengths are.

Projects Abroad will support you every step of the way. We can help you choose where to go and which projects to select. Wherever you go, our staff will be available to make sure you have the gap year of your dreams.

Students volunteering with Projects Abroad for their gap year help plant mangroves in Fiji, South Pacific.

What can I do for a gap year program?

Our gap year programs are individual plans designed specifically for you. You can choose to gain experience on an internship, or do service work. We can help you customize the perfect gap year for you, and you can also combine different projects and countries.

Our Flexi Trips are ideal for customized gap years. You can choose various types of work, such as:

You can also participate in a Team Trip if you’re interested in teaming up with a set group to tackle a specific challenge in a short period of time.

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