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Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, offering life-changing experiences across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social platform with volunteer, travel and immersion opportunities available from 1-40 weeks. With over 10 years of experience and expertise, PMGY is widely regarded as the global leader in affordable and trustworthy international volunteering experiences.

Our international headquarters are based in the UK & USA and we have local teams based in every host destination to ensure you have a positive impact whilst overseas. Whether you’re looking to take a gap year, give back to a local community or simply travelling overseas we are here to help organise every aspect of your trip. Are you ready for it?

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Types
  • Volunteer Abroad
Activities
  • Health & Medicine
  • Education & Literacy
  • Alternative Break
  • Children & Youth
  • Community Development
  • Sports & Recreation
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Countries
  • Vietnam
  • Morocco
  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
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By Sarah Vandenberg

Director of Partnerships

Sarah has worked in the volunteer travel industry since 2004. She supports all of our partners, and shares stories, trends, and advice for travelers who want to volunteer, intern, or teach abroad.

Plan My Gap Year is a UK-based charity and travel organization that sends over 4,000 volunteers overseas every year on extraordinary adventures in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America. Its award-winning, structured programs are available for those not only interested in taking a gap year, but also who may just be looking for a meaningful trip overseas.

Amazing experiences abroad

In addition to volunteer abroad programs, which can start from two weeks and last up to six months, Plan My Gap Year offers a variety of other amazing initiatives. For example, you can boost your resume and get a head start on your career by taking on an internship for college credit. Project staff are able to sign off on paperwork, and students can find work in the areas of medical care, childcare, psychology, and nursing.

If you’re under 18, embark on a school trip customized by the Plan My Gap Year team – and teachers travel for free! With an all-inclusive, tailored trip, all of your needs like housing, meals, pre-departure training, in-country support, and much more will be provided for you. If you’re interested in traveling solo or with a friend rather than a larger group, there are under-18s programs available through Plan My Gap Year as well.

And if you want to stay abroad for a longer stint than a standard volunteer trip, check out Plan My Gap Year’s TEFL Express course, which allows you to complete TEFL training through a 60-hour online course. Once you’re certified, you’ll have a foundation to work toward a future qualification and a paid English teaching position abroad.

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Go country hopping!

Spend 12 weeks or longer on a Round the World Encounter that takes you to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with everything organized for you. Perfect for first-time solo travelers, all you have to do is enjoy the experience! Choose from country-hopping trips spanning individual regions, or take on an ultimate world tour.

This amazing travel opportunity invites you to volunteer as you travel the world, without worrying about the details – Plan My Gap Year takes care of extensive pre-departure support service, airport pickup, orientation, meals, housing, project transportation, and local support everywhere you’ll go.

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Country-hopping with Plan My Gap Year

Safety and transparency

When you volunteer with Plan My Gap Year, you know exactly how your payment benefits the host community, thanks to its policy of having a 100% transparent fee structure. You’ll also know that your project is meaningful, having been hand-selected because it is need-driven and sustainable. This means the work you do overseas contributes to long-term community development.

Support is available 24/7 by team members in host destinations, and Plan My Gap Year’s UK team conducts regular, independent risk-assessments on all projects, vetting them to ensure safety for all of their participants. In-country teams are comprised of experienced coordinators who have worked with international volunteers for years, and are prepared for emergencies or other support needs.

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Wildlife research with Plan My Gap Year

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Chloe

22 Jan 2020

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My time in Thailand was absolutely incredible, the people I met were amazing and friends for life and the sights I saw I will never forget. I went on this...Read more

My time in Thailand was absolutely incredible, the people I met were amazing and friends for life and the sights I saw I will never forget. I went on this trip as I wanted to gain some independence and see the world a little before heading to university. It helped me majorly when meeting new people, but also to be grateful for what I have when seeing such amazing things. I snorkelled, climbed waterfalls, viewed amazing temples, fed and washed baby elephants and above all volunteered with children so eager to learn. Darryl and Sopida made my stay so welcoming and I couldn't have thought of better people to make my first travel experience better!

Hannah

20 Jan 2020

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I did the Real Taster Encounter and spent an amazing 6 weeks in total visiting Sri Lanka, India and Bali. The pre-departure information contained everything that you needed to know...Read more

I did the Real Taster Encounter and spent an amazing 6 weeks in total visiting Sri Lanka, India and Bali. The pre-departure information contained everything that you needed to know before you left and the team were able to answer any questions you may have beforehand. I had the best experience in each of the countries I visited and would definitely recommend.

Morgane

20 Jan 2020

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I did the Real Asia Encounter with PMGY by the end of 2019 : sea turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka, orphanage in India and english teaching to monks in...Read more

I did the Real Asia Encounter with PMGY by the end of 2019 : sea turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka, orphanage in India and english teaching to monks in Nepal. My experiences in these three countries were amazing ! I had such great times with other volunteers from all over the world and I had the chance to visit many places thanks to PMGY teams in Sri Lanka and India. My experience in Nepal was amazing too, unfortunately I would not recommend to go there with the PMGY team who's not really involved, not like in Sri Lanka and India. Even if I loved Nepal and the experience at the monastery with the monks, I'm really disappointed about PMGY team over there. Anyway I would recommend this Real Asia Encounter, and for sure, I'd love to do it again ! I already can't wait to travel with PMGY again :)

Mika

19 Jan 2020

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It was a great experience. Amazing people, amazing staff. I would definitely recommend to all people who are interested in seeing a different culture while meeting a lot of new...Read more

It was a great experience. Amazing people, amazing staff. I would definitely recommend to all people who are interested in seeing a different culture while meeting a lot of new and kind friends