People, Social & Health Gap Years

The benefits of volunteering in the world of social work are multiple. You’ll naturally be communicating and dealing with people from different cultures and backgrounds, often in countries overseas where the main language is not English. Social inequality has knock-on effects to health, education and a person’s outlook on life. By volunteering to help people less privileged than yourself, you’ll be getting first hand experience of the importance of social based volunteering.

Gapify providers offer a range of volunteer projects overseas for those with an interest in social work. Often the countries featured in these programmes do not have sufficient funding to put state paid employees into a school, health centre or hospital (any place of care for that matter) so by participating in a project you’ll be helping the local communities in more ways than you think.

The impact of social services based work is incredibly rewarding for yourself, the people you help directly and of course, it helps share the burden on their own families too. This really is giving something back and helping those in need around the world.

Whilst selecting a social volunteering programme is hardly straightforward, the Gapify list of providers below should help narrow things down a little. If you’re interested in a specific type of social care, perhaps you already have a career in mind, then it’s more a case of using our dropdown finder to pinpoint the location of your placement - we’ve got plenty to choose from including India, Thailand, Vietnam and through Africa. We also have a range of social work volunteer programmes to compare a little closer to home here in the UK.

Social Volunteering Gap Year Companies

We found 5 companies in our database that provide social volunteering gap years. Choose one below to learn more.

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Global Vision Internationalbrand-logoWe're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).Visit Site »
What They Offer: We're a family-run organisation with an amazing culture and an awesome team of people across the world who are passionate experts in their chosen field and will make your experience a truly unforgettable one (in a good way).
POD Volunteeringbrand-logoPod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projectsVisit Site »
What They Offer: Pod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects
Outreach Internationalbrand-logoWe make volunteering abroad possible for gap year students, career break volunteers (those with specialist skills or just wanting a change), and increasingly retired persons who have a life-time of experience and skills to share with a community.Visit Site »
What They Offer: We make volunteering abroad possible for gap year students, career break volunteers (those with specialist skills or just wanting a change), and increasingly retired persons who have a life-time of experience and skills to share with a community.
Projects Abroadbrand-logoFor over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.Visit Site »
What They Offer: For over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world.
Travellers Worldwidebrand-logoEnrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/ResumeVisit Site »
What They Offer: Enrich your life and change you and the lives of others with a volunteering holiday as a vacation, on a gap year or career break, or by gaining valuable work experience to boost your CV/Resume