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Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday

Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand
From £889 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This project can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Book your trip before 25/12/2016 to be entered into a draw for free flights for your trip. Two runners up will receive free kit for their trip.
Animal project in South Africa

Animal project in South Africa

Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa
From £945 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be arranged at any time throughout the year for up to 12 weeks
Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre

Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre

Work with rescued tropical animals such as monkeys and bears
From £599 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: Placements last from 1-12 weeks and can start on any date throughout the year
Last minute availability to volunteer with rescued bears, monkeys, otters, gibbons and other exotic animals in tropical Thailand
Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru

Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru

Conservation in the Amazon
From £1,195 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: Departures can be arranged at anytime throughout the year
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia

Volunteering with bears in Cambodia

Care for rescued bears in tropical Cambodia
From £675 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departures every Sunday throughout the year
Last minute availability to volunteer with reswcued bears in Cambodia
Malawi volunteering vacation

Malawi volunteering vacation

Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary
From £1,244 to £3,946 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: Departures can be arranged at anytime to suit you
Teaching assistants in New Zealand

Teaching assistants in New Zealand

Teach children in Auckland, New Zealand
From £1,395 4 weeks ex flights
Tailor made: Departures can be arranged to start at any time during the school term
Teach children in Patagonia, Chile

Teach children in Patagonia, Chile

Teach English in the magnificent scenery of Patagonia
From £2,895 12 weeks ex flights
Tailor made: Trips run anytime throughout the year
Book your trip before 25/12/2016 to be entered into a draw for free flights for your trip. Two runners up will receive free kit for their trip.
Jungle conservation & research, Peru

Jungle conservation & research, Peru

Jungle conservation and research project in the Amazon
From £1,395 16 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 12 Dec
2017: 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr, 1 May, 29 May, 26 Jun, 24 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sep, 16 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec
Last minute availability to volunteer alongside scientific researchers in the Amazon rainforest!
Wildlife rehabilitation volunteering in Borneo

Wildlife rehabilitation volunteering in Borneo

Volunteering with orangutan, sun bears and more on Borneo
From £1,280 to £1,800 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jan, 19 Jan, 5 Feb, 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 19 Mar, 5 Apr, 19 Apr, 5 May, 19 May, 5 Jun, 19 Jun, 5 Jul, 19 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug
Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

Ecuador wildlife sanctuary volunteering

Volunteer with amazing Amazonian wildlife in a jungle haven
From £765 14 days ex flights
Tailor made
Book your trip before 25/12/2016 to be entered into a draw for free flights for your trip. Two runners up will receive free kit for their trip.
Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

Live and help with education in beautiful Kathmandu, Nepal !
From £649 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
2017: 7 Jan, 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec ...
Book an amazing volunteer adventure trip to Nepal between now and May 2017 and get a £50 discount per person. You will be based in an around Kathmandu and get to explore the cultural mecca of the world. This is a destination thats not to be missed!
Costa Rica turtle conservation experience

Costa Rica turtle conservation experience

Help protect turtles by volunteering in Costa Rica!
From £511 to £3,382 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 12 Dec, 19 Dec, 23 Dec, 26 Dec, 30 Dec
Cambodia community volunteering experience, 1 month

Cambodia community volunteering experience, 1 month

A small but beautifully stunning gem of South East Asia
From £1,290 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 14 Mar, 9 Jun, 14 Oct
Borneo island community volunteering, 1 month

Borneo island community volunteering, 1 month

Blue skies, towering palm trees and crystal blue waters.
From £1,595 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 11 Feb, 9 May, 13 Sep
Borneo jungle community volunteering, 1 month

Borneo jungle community volunteering, 1 month

Become part of the solution in the ancient jungles of Borneo
From £1,595 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 13 Jan, 10 Apr, 12 Nov
Borneo volunteering project, islands and jungles

Borneo volunteering project, islands and jungles

The ultimate Borneo island and jungle experience!
From 2,395 4 weeks
Small group travel: 2017: 13 Jan, 10 Apr, 15 Aug
Borneo and Cambodia volunteering experience

Borneo and Cambodia volunteering experience

The best of South East Asia!
From £2,595 8 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 11 Feb, 9 May, 13 Sep
Community volunteering in Borneo and Cambodia

Community volunteering in Borneo and Cambodia

The very best of South East Asia!
From £3,390 12 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 13 Jan, 10 Apr, 15 Aug
Ecuador volunteering experience, Andes & Amazon

Ecuador volunteering experience, Andes & Amazon

Make the might Amazon Rainforest your home!
From £1,495 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Feb, 29 Jun, 5 Oct
Ecuador community volunteering experience, 2 months

Ecuador community volunteering experience, 2 months

Immerse yourself in the culture of Ecuadorian communities
From £2,295 8 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jan, 1 Jun, 7 Sep
Volunteering at Lake Titicaca, Peru

Volunteering at Lake Titicaca, Peru

Volunteer alongside the people of Lake Titicaca!
From £1,645 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Mar, 27 Jul, 2 Nov
Volunteering in the Andes, Peru

Volunteering in the Andes, Peru

Volunteering in rural Peru.
From £1,495 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Feb, 29 Jun, 5 Oct
Volunteering in Peru with Machu Picchu trek

Volunteering in Peru with Machu Picchu trek

The ultimate Peru experience!
From £2,295 8 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Feb, 29 Jun, 5 Oct
Community volunteering projects, Ecuador and Peru

Community volunteering projects, Ecuador and Peru

The very best of South America!
From £3,295 3 months ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jan, 1 Jun, 7 Sep
Kenya community volunteering

Kenya community volunteering

14-day Kenya volunteering
From 14 days
Small group travel: 2017: 6 Jan, 7 Jun, 7 Sep
Sports coaching in Kenya

Sports coaching in Kenya

Develop your sports coaching and leadership skills
From 4 weeks
Small group travel: 2017: 10 Aug
Tanzania community volunteering holiday

Tanzania community volunteering holiday

Local living in the foothills of Kilimanjaro
From £880 2 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Feb, 29 Jun, 4 Oct
Tanzania community volunteering, 1 month

Tanzania community volunteering, 1 month

Local living in the foothills of Kilimanjaro!
From £1,595 4 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 2 Feb, 29 Jun, 4 Oct
Kenya and Tanzania community volunteering project, 8 weeks

Kenya and Tanzania community volunteering project, 8 weeks

Live and work alongside locals in Kenya and Tanzania
From £2,295 8 weeks ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 6 Jan, 2 Jun, 7 Sep
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reviews for Gap year ideas vacations

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
From
£599
excluding flights
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this vacation as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
From
£675
excluding flights
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru
From
£1,195
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Cutting a path through dense jungle to fin capybara Tips? Speak to the guys who have done it already for advice! A camera, comfy inner soles, good Headtorch, organic mosquito repellent, waterproof bags were the items I was glad I had the most! Local benefits? yes, all of the above! Overall rating? it was such an incredible experience, expect it to be really hard work but you get out what you put in. (more)William Haward
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
From
£1,395
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great! Tips? There was a lot of walking and physical activity so it’s really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness! Local... (more)Melanie Veal
Animal project in South Africa
From
£945
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda
From
US $1,515
excluding flights
Transformative, eye-opening and deeply satisfying...Going to a country that was almost the furthest from my mind, staying in a village that you can't find on Google Maps, being immersed in spectacular countryside and doing one of the most personally satisfying projects day in and day out with open, friendly and uncomplicated people. (more)Peter Thoem
The most memorable part of the vacation was being in a community without feeling like an outsider. Everyone was willing to help and also be open about their lives. I loved everything about the experience. (more)Christina Hanazawa
The most memorable parts were the women I met and worked with as a volunteer in Uganda. The women were strong, resilient, courageous, determined and inspirational. They were also welcoming of a white woman from Australia - making me feel one of them as we walked or sat in a circle to meet and explore opportunities. (more)Cheryl Phillips
Malawi volunteering vacation
From
£1,244
excluding flights
Just do it, you won't regret it! (more)Chris Wade
Great from start to finish - the staff, the country, the project, the work - I was sad to leave and hope to go back. I went for the animal work which I really enjoyed but an unexpected highlight of the trip was getting out into the community to see one of their fuel briquette projects. (more)Kat Wendels
A great experience. I got to know some local people and volunteers from different countries and I learned about animal conservation and the social/ economic situation in Malawi. (more)Steve Boud
Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
From
£889
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Working with the elephants was most rewarding, especially when taking them for walks with a bucket of chopped fruit treats to ensure they follow the volunteers and don't wander off into the forest. They are such lovely animals and we got to know them individually. The baby elephant called Pin was quite a character and quite mischievous. The wildlife part was very varied with so many wild animals (circa 450) and different species to look after. It was also great to meet... (more)Colin Harvey
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
From
£1,195
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
Summer camp in Thailand, teaching English
From
£995
excluding flights
Memorable parts? There are so many to choose from, but the most memorable has to be when we visited the mainland to teach in a Thai school. The children were not used to foreigners and were really excited to see us, they had us signing autographs and posing for lots of photos!! The school had organised and practised dances for us which we really appreciated and enjoyed watching!! The snorkelling trip on Koh Tao was also brilliant!! Tips? The only tips I could give would be to prepare... (more)Justine Martin
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
From
€550
excluding flights
It was AMAZING! (more)tracy ciotti
My whole time at the reserve was so incredible with thrills everyday from hurtling along dirt tracks to see elephants, watching porcupines and honey badgers battle right next to camp to the first time you lead a class by yourself. (more)Deirdre McClean
Working with all of the animals and children, and meeting wonderful people were most memorable - the whole experience was memorable and exciting. The trip well and truly exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone. (more)Thérèse Hutchins
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
From
£1,255
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The diving on Sail Rock, probably one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand Tips? This is a small village with basic amenities so be prepared to take it easy and relax as there is a lot of down time where nothing is happening. If you get bored easily then make sure you have brought things to occupy your time or better still make an effort to get out and about the island. Local benefits? Not really to the extent that I would have liked, sure spending... (more)Stan Batchelor
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