Many organisations will arrange opportunities to volunteer for a variety of projects in the UK and abroad. Most will charge a fee to cover costs, so ensure that you research the company thoroughly before payment.

General information:

  • Prospects - Information from the AGCAS 'Special Interest Series' on gap years.
  • Target Jobs - Gap year advice. 

A-Z of organisers (not conclusive)

A - H

Abroad China  
Abroad China offers several programs, including internship programs, volunteer programs and study tours

AIESEC is a 60 year-old global organisation that develops students and recent graduates into leaders by running and participating in an international exchange program

Children's holiday camps in the UK

British Council
The British Council provides international placements for undergraduate scientists, engineers and architects through the IAESTE program

Opportunities range from the popular camp counselling programme, Summer Camp USA, and flexible work and travel programmes in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand to volunteering/teaching placements in Africa, South and Central America, South East Asia and China

Camp Counsellors USA 
CCUSA offers work in children's summer camps around the world

Coral Cay Conservation
Company providing a range of conservation themed expeditions

An international environmental charity offering expeditions with an emphasis on helping the environment

Not-for-profit NGO whose mission is to design and develop socio-environmental, educational and infrastructure projects with the purpose of guiding the development of rural/semi-rural localities through the path of a sustainable development, increasing the quality of life of their inhabitants.

Organisation that provides short and long term gap year programs

Global Vision
Providing links to charity-led conservation and community projects

Go Discover Abroad
Offers over 200 programmes in 40+ countries around the world. These include voluntours, internships, language learning courses, adventure tours, safaris, treks and more

I - P

i-to-i is one of the world's leading TEFL course and internship providers, running English government-regulated TEFL training and international placements for first time TEFL teachers plus a comprehensive TEFL jobs board

Intro Travel
Gap Year opportunities available in Australia and South East Asia

IST Plus 
Programmes in English speaking countries or teaching in China and Thailand

KIYA Survivors  
Building educational centres for underprivileged children in Peru

Mad Adventurer 
Community projects and adventure holidays around the world

Next Step 
Placements across a variety of professional areas in Shanghai, China

Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist.

Pagoda Projects
An educational organisation which offers online internships, internships abroad and study tours to students.

Projects Abroad 
Volunteering projects in developing countries across sectors such as medicine, care, teaching, conservation and jounalism

Q - Z

Real Gap Experience
Large gap year travel company offering wide range of programmes

Seed Madagascar 
A charity dedicated to environmental conservation and tackling poverty

Travellers Worldwide 
Wide range of world-wide projects

Volunteering opportunities in South Asia across sectors such as medicine, teaching, sport and conservation

Conservation, teaching placements, expeditions

UNA Exchange 
Provide volunteering opportunities in community schemes across Wales as well as overseas

Volunteer World
Comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities

Volunteering projects in international development