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Volunteer Work Overseas During Your Gap Year Abroad

Updated on July 22, 2009

If you have decided to take a gap year abroad you will have an amazing experience. The next thing to decide is what you want to do with your year. There are many options to choose from.

It all depends on whether you want to work your way around the world or if you are interested in doing volunteer work overseas where you could provide a service in a developing country.

You may decide that you like the idea of spending your year at a holiday resort or maybe you would like to master a foreign language. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you do your research thoroughly so that you have the best of time on your gap year trip. Here are a few things that you could choose to do during your time abroad.

Volunteer work overseas can be really rewarding
Volunteer work overseas can be really rewarding

Work On A Nature Reserve

You could choose a programme where you will carry out tasks to improve the living conditions of endangered animals.  You will be working outside in nature and this work could include dam and bridge building works and repairs, creating watering holes for the animals, building and maintaining perimeter fences around the nature reserve to ensure the safety of the animals.  Nature reserves cover a wide range of animals so you could choose what type you would like to work with.  You could do voluntary work with cheetahs, orang-utans or even lions.  Look online for the different volunteer programmes available.

A gap year abroad can be a life changing experience
A gap year abroad can be a life changing experience

Work In An Orphanage

There are orphanages all over the world that are desperate for volunteers to help them with the day to day tasks of looking after children who have been abandoned for one reason or another.  You could find fulfilling work helping children learn how to play and to interact with others.  A lot of the volunteer programmes include the option of taking part in treks so this volunteer vacation package could enable you to see the landscape of the country and really experience the culture first hand.

Voluntary Work On A Conservation Site

Conservation work covers a whole spectrum of things that you could do.  If you enjoy working the land and cultivating plants, you could work on a site where forestation work is being carried out to monitor and replenish areas that have been stripped of its natural assets.  You will be assisting scientists and biologist as they continue to monitor and research specific areas.

Volunteer Teaching - Give English Language Lessons

English is a very popular language and many countries have a high demand for people who can teach it. You have the choice of working in remote countries where you could be teaching adults and children or you could head off to Japan or China and work within a really urban environment. If you are interested in learning a foreign language yourself, this would be the perfect opportunity. Some volunteer jobs include foreign language lessons in their volunteer abroad programme so that you not only teach, but also receive some tuition too.

Taking a gap trip abroad is a fantastic way to see the world. There are so many ways that you can do this. All you need to do is look online for the different possibilities open to you.

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