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Gap year volunteering opportunities

At STA Travel, we've always believed in giving something back - it's at the heart of what we do. We offer a wide range of volunteering projects and work all over the world that you can do as part of a gap year or something shorter, allowing you to immerse yourself into a community and help you to give something back to the country you're travelling in.

You can volunteer in a number of different ways. Deciding which type of volunteering work is best for you depends on where in the world you want to do it, and whether you'd rather work with children, adults or animals. Scroll down to see the volunteering jobs we currently have on offer... 

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Types of volunteering project

  • Work with animals
    With so many endangered species around the world fighting for our survival, work towards their protection on one of our animal projects.
  • Work with children
    Help to break the cycle of poverty by teaching local children the skills they need for a better future. This type of project is also perfect for gaining experience working with kids.
  • Work with communities
    Work in some of the world's most remote areas to improve the quality of life for local communities, helping to build a more sustainable future.
  • Conservation work
    Help local communities to preserve their fragile ecosystems, contributing to the long-term education of the environments we all enjoy as travellers.
  • Teach sports
    Sport has the power to cross all linguistic and cultural barriers. Use your enthusiasm to develop vital teamwork skills, boost confidence, and put a great big smile on the kids' faces as well as yours.
  • Do it all!
    Combine all the different ways to volunteer in one project - working with children, protecting local wildlife and helping the local community.

How do you want to volunteer?

We offer 50 projects in 22 countries around the world. First of all, you should consider whether you want to commit to one volunteering project for an extended amount of time, or opt for a voluntour trip, where you'll combine a volunteering project with a group tour. What's the differences, we hear you ask?
Volunteering in Brazil
Volunteer
- You'll focus on one project for an extended period.
- You'll stay locally and be able to immerse yourself properly in the community and culture.
- You can go your own way! You'll travel more independently when the time comes to see the rest of the country you're in. 


 

Voluntour
- You'll combine a volunteering experience with a group tour.
- You'll gain a local perspective instead of a tourist's - living with a community in your chosen destination will allow you to see it through their eyes.
- You'll meet and travel with like-minded, socially conscious travellers.

Our featured volunteering projects

volunteer in thailand
Thailand Volunteering Projects
Get hands on with this majestic endangered species in various locations in Thailand by volunteering to help neglected and abused elephants. Assist with feeding these gentle giants, getting down and dirty as you clean and bathe them in the river, and explore the local area during your free time.
Projects start from £374
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Cape Town Volunteer
Help Children in Cape Town
If you love working with children, why not head to South Africa? Assist teachers and help to develop underprivileged infants, children and teens by creating a caring, creative environment... all with Table Mountain, the Winelands and Boulders Beach on your doorstep.
Projects start from £482
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Teach children in Goa
Goa Beach & Volunteer
Volunteer in paradise, working alongside locals to help improve the future prospects of women and children from Goa's fishing communities. Help them to develop crucial English, maths and nutrition knowledge, all whilst gaining a Goan glow and soaking up the incredible Indian culture. Choose from projects spanning from two to 24 weeks.
Projects start from £701
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volunteer in fiji
Fiji Volunteering Projects
Volunteering on an island paradise? Yes please. Choose from a range of four different volunteering projects in exotic Fiji. Work with children or teach at local schools, help local communities, or why not dive into Fiji's famously blue waters and get involved with marine research and conservation?
Projects start from £786
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Sea Turtle Conservation
Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
Join this community-led project to improve the chance of survival for endangered turtle hatchlings. Take part in night patrols of Costa Rica's beaches, assisting with important data collection and if you're lucky you'll get to wave the baby turtles on their scramble to the sea.
Projects start from £295
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Cambodia volunteering
Teach Children in Cambodia
Join the New Hope project, based in one of the poorest slum areas in the capital city of Siem Reap, to support local Khmer teachers and help restore hope to a wonderful and once prosperous community. You can choose projects ranging from 2-6 weeks and there's plenty of free time to explore Angkor Wat, just 2km away!
Projects start from £838
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australia volunteer
Conservation in Australia & New Zealand
Improve habitats and restore natural landscapes with typical activities including construction initiatives and wildlife surveys. Based in various locations Oz and New Zealand, outdoorsy types will love getting thier hands dirty Down Under.
Projects start from £256
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Shamwari Volunteer
Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa
Experience one of our best selling volunteer projects with an amazing conservation experience at the Shamwari Big Five Game Reserve, South Africa - all ranging from 2-12 weeks. You’ll work closely with the Born Free Foundation to assist with animal tracking and research, game count surveys, reserve rehab and more.
Projects from £782
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Watch this video and get inspired about volunteering in the Philippines...

Why volunteer with STA Travel?

These days, there are a lot of volunteering projects around the world that are mismanaged and actually end up exploiting poorer communities for a larger profit, rather than helping them. Our volunteering projects are authentic, sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the communities we visit through the STA Travel Foundation and by making sure that our travel has a positive impact. We make sure we only work with a select number of partners who build meaningful relationships with local communities, whilst ensuring that we fulfill our travellers' desires to make a difference. Read our full Social Responsibility statement here.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel Blog!

STA Travel Blog

Volunteering In Paradise – Vinaka Fiji!

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What's Volunteering In Thailand All About?

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Why I Volunteer: Helping Communities In South Africa

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Terms & Conditions

 Check with a Travel Expert for conditions around offers. Standard T&C's apply.

Terms & Conditions

*Selected projects with Starfish.
Booking dates: 29th September – 26th October
Travel by: 31 Dec 2018