The year between your last year at school and starting at college or university is known as a gap year. Many people choose to travel abroad during their gap year to improve themselves by learning valuable life skills such as confidence, maturity, leadership, independence, self-sufficiency and decision-making. Many of these people end up doing volunteer work abroad in their gap year. You experience a new culture, travel for reasonable prices and at the same time, you help by putting a little something back into society.
A large number of volunteer projects attract people on their gap year from all over the world. This means that besides all the benefits mentioned above of doing volunteer work, you also get to meet people from many different cultures and backgrounds, making lasting friendships and sharing meaningful experiences.
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_year), the practice of taking a gap year was developed in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. During this time a student might travel, engage in volunteer work overseas or undertake a working holiday abroad.
Whatever your reason for taking a gap year, we hope that we can assist you in your decision-making here on our website. Have a look at the variety of volunteer projects available here on Volunteering in South Africa and make contact.
Our volunteer project co-ordinators are professionals who have been helping people find volunteer work for many, many years now. Many of the projects offer everything from transport to accommodation and the co-ordinators will assist you in your planning, making your gap year as stress-free as possible so that you can put your all into your experience and not have to worry about the nitty-gritty details of travel plans.