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Gap Year Volunteer Programs Abroad

Whether you are taking a gap year before heading off to university, after you have graduated, or having a career break, IVI offer affordable gap year volunteer programs to suit everyone!

Participant with students during break time

Why is taking a gap year so great?

Taking a gap year or career break could be one of the greatest experiences of your life! Travelling and exploring the world can help you gain confidence, face (and overcome) challenges, meet people from many different cultures and make lifelong friends along the way.

But why do what everyone else does? Why not do something different and use your gap year to travel AND volunteer abroad?! This is a fantastic opportunity to travel, explore, see the sights but at the same time, learn more about local cultures, travel deeper, explorer further and really get to know the country you are visiting.


Why should you volunteer abroad on your gap year?

Volunteering overseas on a gap year gives you a greater understanding of the country, allows you to interact with the local community, stay with a host family, meet other like-minded travellers, but most importantly, it allows you to give back to developing communities.

It’s such a great experience knowing you have helped someone else and our projects at IVI are sustainable and impactful, so you know your help will go a long way, and hopefully continue to help, once you leave.

Cusco volunteers in front of machu pichu amazing scenery

What can you gain from a gap year volunteer program?

Volunteering abroad on your gap year is a great way to gain self confidence and expereince before you begin uni, or even head back to a career you’ve had for a while. It gives you a different outlook on life and provides endless learning opportunities. In particular, for inspiring teachers or medical students, some of our projects will give you a chance to hone your skills and provide great experiences to put on your CV!


Find Gap Year Abroad Programs

View all our volunteering programs!

Why IVI?

Make a Real Impact​

We focus on projects with genuine needs.  Community, Healthcare, Education, Childcare, Construction etc. You'll leave feeling like you truly achieved something​.

Top Rated

We were voted 'Top Overseas Volunteering Organisation 2019' by APAC insider Australia awards. We have thousands of positive testimonies

35+ Years in Operation​​

IVI is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering. Established in 1989 we have trustworthy partners that know the local needs and treat every volunteer with love.

Charity & Non Profit​​

We don't just send volunteers overseas, we run campaigns and fundraise for materials so that our impact is significant and lasting in communities that need it.

Affordable Placements​​

Why pay thousands to volunteer abroad? It shouldn't cost that much. We're a non-profit org so we're not focused on profits, we're focused on helping people​. 

Flexibility & Choice​​

We have over 100+ projects in 20 countries. Most of our programs start every week so you have options around destinations, projects and start dates. 


FREE eBook!​

5 Mistakes Overseas Volunteers Make…

– and how to avoid them!

Hey! Download our super helpful eBook, packed with helpful tips & advice! Including a complete packing guide, how to pick the right organisation, getting the best out of your experience, navigating different cultures, PLUS a bonus printable travel journal!



Remote Island Teaching, Fiji
Honestly my entire trip was a highlight. Being in the school compound fully immersed on a local remote island made everyday full of indescribable experiences that I will cherish forever.

Looking for a Teaching Placement?

TESOL Course

Whilst it is not a requirement, doing a TESOL course before a teaching project, is an excellent way to become more confident teaching abroad, and to gain skills for the classroom.

This award-winning and internationally recognised TESOL course course will give you all the tools you need to teach English overseas. Work your way through the 60 hour online course at your own pace, which has been designed by highly qualified TESOL teachers.

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