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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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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.

Volunteering with Plan My Gap Year

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.

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.

Wildlife research with Plan My Gap Year

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Celeste Lyu

6 Nov 2021

Polar bears are disappearing as glaciers melt. The polar bear has become an endangered species, so I want to protect these lovely little guys. I will try my best to protect them. I like small animals. This volunteer activity is very meaningful. I can have my own polar bear, which makes me very happy.

Alyssa Chu

6 Nov 2021

New pictures show that polar bears are beginning to cannibalism each other as global warming destroys it hunting grounds. Without the sea ice habitat, the polar bear will not survive in the long term.


6 Nov 2021

As the weather continues to deteriorate, the polar bears' living environment is gradually deteriorating. If they are not protected, I believe their numbers will become smaller and smaller in the near future, which is precisely why we need to pay attention to them. I hope my little effort can help them.

Wang Jingqi

4 Nov 2021

Perhaps one of the most dangerous phenomena gripping the nation today is the pollution problem, which is pervasive in all the fields of the whole nation. There proves a growing worldwide awareness of the necessity for strengthening environmental protection.


1 Nov 2021

I think it's such a valuable experience that I can learn the country's culture and the palces of interest which I traveled.So I love travel. And I wanna to know more country and pay more attention to international issues


26 Oct 2021

The novel coronavirus bursting with happiness, but it can not stop the solar term, can not stop the blossom of Wuhan cherry blossoms, and can not stop the volunteers' selfless dedication.  A red hat, a red riding jacket, countless volunteers, they are the volunteers of love, they are the dedication of love. Let's pass on our love and let it float in the sky of the world with the cherry blossom rain in Wuhan. Fight the epidemic together, love the world!

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