The list of things to do all over the world during your GAP year is endless – the conservation of wildlife in Africa, volunteering in a South Pacific orphanage, or discovering new cultures in Asia. There is so much you can do to change the world, making your GAP years more rewarding. The GAP year activities offer fun and great discoveries, also a big plus in your resume. Moreover, you can earn income from doing volunteer work overseas programs. Thus, many employers would be impressed that you spent your GAP years doing something worthwhile.
Here are some GAP year ideas to consider:
White Lion Conservation in Africa
If you are interested in animal conservation, the South African Conservatory is a perfect volunteering project for you. This project involves several activities such as caring for lion cubs, daily conservation activities for the flora and fauna, interacting with guests and visitors on the conservation project, lion upkeep, walking with the lions, observing lion behavior, and carrying out maintenance activities in the conservatory. Food and accommodation is available for the volunteers as well.
Engage in Panda Conservation China
This is another volunteering project for nature lovers. It is located in a beautiful mountainous region of China, involving daily activities such as taking care of Pandas and taking part in research and surveys. Food and accommodation is also available.
This is a very productive way to spend your GAP year, learning a new language or culture. Several countries in Latin America offer excellent volunteering opportunities where you can engage in sightseeing, volunteering, and learning Spanish.
Discover Asian Culture
Being home to the most ancient civilizations ever known, there is so much you can learn from Asia. Take up volunteering opportunities in India, Cambodia, or Thailand and learn all about the most exotic cultures of the world. Volunteer in India, learn about Buddhism, or undertake clay-house building in Thailand.
Additionally, Thailand offers incredible placement options for travelers, where you can engage in activities such as elephant conservation and learn more about the Thai culture. Volunteer India programs also include stints in Bodhgaya, the place where Buddhism was born and serves as a pilgrimage centre for many Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Teaching a Foreign Language
You can volunteer as a teacher and teach kids across the globe. Most teaching volunteering programs offer vacancies to teach English language skills in places such as Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, or even in Fiji. There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer in orphanages and take care of young kids.
Volunteer in Argentina
Volunteering in Argentina offers something completely off-the-beaten path and a volunteering experience in another hemisphere. Immerse yourself fully into the Argentinean culture by learning Spanish, its dances, its cuisines, or its beautiful natural landscapes and tourist attractions. Argentina is also great for those who are interested in forest conservation volunteer work overseas.
Looking for a more rewarding and well-paying volunteer work overseas during your GAP year? Check out Involvement Volunteers International placement service at their official website: Volunteering.org.au/.