6 amazing volunteer programs for your gap year abroad

Did you know that there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities that you can take while overseas? Here’s some info that might be useful in helping to decide the right program for you.


If you’re interested in pursuing a career in education, or just in spending time teaching abroad, then you’re in luck. There are many programs overseas that allow you to teach many different subjects – whether it’s English, French, art, math or music – both to kids and to adults. Whether you’re interested in exploring Argentina or Australia, you’ll almost certainly find an opportunity that’s right for you.


Reading about the opportunities to work in saving plant and wildlife around the world made me want to sign up for one of these programs straight away! You can volunteer to save fish in the Great Barrier Reef or to help protect natural rainforests in South America.

If you’re a huge animal lover (as I am) or just interested in living and working in some of the most sacred environments in the world, visit the Projects Abroad Canada website to check out some of the many programs available.


Sport is one of those things that unites people around the world, no matter which language they speak or which team they support. Volunteering your time to coach sport in another country is an amazing way to learn another language, and to contribute to the creation of a strong and vibrant community.

Who knows, you may even discover the next great soccer star while coaching a team in Ghana, or get to put together the next great Indian cricket team…

Performing arts 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a drama queen? If you’ve been involved in performing arts all your life, you’ll know what a difference it can make in fostering confidence and creativity in young people. You could lead a theatre workshop in Romania or start an orchestra in Brazil.

Immerse yourself in the artistic language of other cultures and bring joy to children and teenagers. You’ll probably need prior experience in the arts, and lots of enthusiasm.


Interested in uncovering the secrets of the past? Archaeology is an incredibly fascinating field for budding historians, and volunteering on a dig abroad looks amazing on any resume. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you could dig for medieval remains in Romania, or excavate for ancient rocks on the Inca trail, while discovering more about the people and culture of your host country.


If you already know that you want to dedicate your career to saving lives, volunteering in medicine is an incredible opportunity to get a head start on your career and make a huge difference in the lives of the needy. Whether you’re an aspiring dentist or budding nurse, a gap year is a great opportunity to volunteer in your chosen field while gaining incredibly valuable experience.

Resource box

Great Barrier Reef   – More information about the wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef

Institute for International Sport – The website for the Institute for International Sport, dedicated to using sport to create peace

Archaeology – Archaeology news


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