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Year Out Group - Gap Year | Cultural Exchange | Voluntary Work Abroad

Lattitude Global Volunteering - Aaron's Argentina Story

I have been working for Lattitude since January 2015 supporting UK volunteers in their pre-departure preparations from our UK office in Reading. This year I had the opportunity to come to Argentina and work with the in-country team and current volunteers. I’m also helping to open up our programmes to ... [ Read more... ]

Frontier - Distributing aid after eye of a storm - Fiji

After the eye of cyclone Winston – with the strongest wind speeds on record in the Southern Hemisphere – hit Northern Fiji on Saturday the 20th of February 2016, eleven pairs of frontier volunteers’ hands were ready to give help to those worst affected. Along came Vodafone’s “Red Alert” scheme.On ... [ Read more... ]

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures - Skills Semester 2015

On the morning of September 10th, I walked into the Yamnuska Office in Canmore, Alberta for the first time. It was day 1 of the Fall 2015 Mountain Skills Semester. The office would come to feel like home soon enough – the place where we began and ended every adventure, the ... [ Read more... ]

The Year in Industry - Building Bridges to the Future

Gap Year Intern: Elizabeth PalmerAge: 19Home: Bearwood in of immediately taking up her offer of a place to read Geography at the University of Cambridge Elizabeth Palmer decided to spend a gap year doing a paid internship through the Year in Industry programme with Network Rail.During her year with ... [ Read more... ]

Outreach International - Brooke's story from Mexico

Brooke Nucio in Mexico supporting children with disablities (Outreach International)I worked with children with a wide range of disabilities by doing physical therapy, feeding the children, and doing intellectual exercises with them.  I felt like I contributed occupational therapy to the project because they didn’t have an OT.My fondest memory ... [ Read more... ]

Outreach International - Emily in Kenya

It wasn’t even an hour that I was there before I felt accustomed and welcome in each of the projects. The children are so very endearing and regardless to their circumstances they were happy children and always had a smile upon their face. I feel that every day that I ... [ Read more... ]

Madagascar Summer Expedition-Sean Francis (26)

When I first discovered Blue Ventures, I had a list of criteria for myself: 1. I want a chance to get out into the world; 2. I want to expand my world view; 3. I want to develop a deeper appreciation for the ocean. Blue Ventures met all of the criteria ... [ Read more... ]

Pod Volunteer Amy Bowles Elephant Care/Wildlife Rescue

Project page: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Wildlife and Elephant project in Thailand. I went for 2 weeks (all I could get off work) and I honestly wish that I could have stayed longer. I went alone and made lifelong friends from all over the world, ... [ Read more... ]

PoD Volunteer-Community Education in India

Sue Williams volunteered with Pod Volunteer in 2010 on the Teaching English on a tropical island in Thailand ( for 8 weeks before deciding to join the Pod Volunteer community education placement in India ( this year for 8 weeks. This is her story.Tell us a bit about your experience“Our ... [ Read more... ]

Stories from the front-line - Sophie (with AV)

I may only be a few weeks into my teaching placement, but it has already become apparent how absolutely vital education is in this part of the world. Around 80% of the children at my school are from ethnic minorities, either Burmese refugees or members of the hill tribes. This ... [ Read more... ]

ICS Football for Hope with Lattitude

Volunteer: Thenneh ContehAge: 23Lives: East Kilbride, Glasgow Lattitude Global Volunteering Case year old Thenneh Conteh, from Glasgow, followed in her mother’s footsteps by volunteering overseas when she took up an ICS placement with Lattitude in early 2014. Thenneh travelled to Ghana where she supported the Football for Hope ... [ Read more... ]

Explore your career options whilst travelling- Frontier

Not sure what to study? Explore your career options whilst travellingDo you feel pressured to start a degree but are not sure what you want to study? Frontier’s many volunteer projects offer a great insight into different job fields. Why not try your potential as a teacher with one of ... [ Read more... ]

Journalism Placement helped my career Projects Abroad

How a Gap Year Journalism Placement with Projects Abroad Helped my Career By Craig Ferriman A gap year was never for me, I thought! Following a poor performance in my AS levels, it became apparent that I would be better off applying to university after my A level results were ... [ Read more... ]

Advantageous AV-from Gap year to Employment

Advantageous AV January 2009 I was privileged enough to embark on one of AV’s 16 week projects,in my case, in Malawi. This was, without a doubt, a landmark period in my life todate. Plunging myself into a group of almost thirty strangers, in an alien country faraway from my comparatively ... [ Read more... ]

Alex Deif -Becoming a ski-instructor with Peakleaders

  For many people, taking a ski or snowboard instructor course is often about filling the time in between the end of School and beginning of University with something worthwhile and fun. The idea of qualifying as an instructor and spending a winter season in a ski resort has become a ... [ Read more... ]

Making the most of your year-out-Chloe's story

 Making the most of your year out After a hard year of studying and A-Level exams, I decided what I needed more than anything else, was a rest from education. University had always been part of my plan, but it could wait. As one of the younger students in my ... [ Read more... ]

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad Evangelina Fozard joined a Care Project at a Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal through Year Our Group founder member Projects Abroad in December 2013. Volunteering in another country was an experience I will never forget. Up until then I felt ... [ Read more... ]

Care & Conservation Volunteering with Projects Abroad

Hugo Legenne joined a 2 Week Special Care & Conservation Project in Costa Rica arranged with Year Out Group founder member Projects Abroad in summer 2013. Hugo has also now applied to join Projects Abroad again in Ghana in summer 2014. My experience in Costa Rica was a wonderful ... [ Read more... ]

An African Bush Adventure with The Leap

Julia Froud (19), South Africa Horse Safari Leaper April 2013Thank you to everyone at the leap who gave me the opportunity to have some of the best weeks of my life in South Africa. It's almost been a year since I left SA but only yesterday did I share a ... [ Read more... ]

Himalayan Adventure with African and Asia Venture (AV)

I decided to travel to India during the summer of last year. It seemed such an exciting place to visit, so different from the UK, and through an organisation called AV (Africa and Asia Venture) I found a project online, teaching in the North East of the country. Up ... [ Read more... ]

Sports coaching and teaching in a Nepal with PoD

Chloe spent her university holiday travelling in Nepal and decided to spend 2 weeks volunteering with PoD in Pokhara. Volunteers are part of the PoD team in Nepal helping to provide additional support to orphans and street children. Volunteers can teach sports lessons at the local schools and help improve health, ... [ Read more... ]

Sports coaching in Ghana- Volunteering with PoD

Aaron spent time volunteering with PoD in Ghana coaching sport; he is already planning his next PoD volunteer project! He helped to set up the village football team.Sport coaching projects in Ghana allows volunteers to share their love of sport with children in a rural African village through sports lessons ... [ Read more... ]

Lucys Canadian Ski Course Success

I went to Banff in 2013, for twelve weeks and I can safely say that it was the best experience of my life so far. Before the course, I was doing my A Levels and applying for university. I applied for a deferred place, so that if I got in, ... [ Read more... ]

Frontier South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail

Hannah Banks enjoyed a 10 week adventure trail in Cambodia that included a four week teaching placement organised by FrontierExcitedly I left England behind and headed straight for Bangkok; after meeting the rest of the trail we embarked upon a three week venture around Thailand: visiting the historical and cultural ... [ Read more... ]

A Scot in Sri Lanka

Jamie Snedden is on a one year teaching placement in Sri Lanka arranged with Project Trust.  He arrived in September 2012 and this blog describes how he's faring at the halfway stage.February began with my first visit from family. Having failed twice to reach Sri Lanka- once due to the ... [ Read more... ]

Teaching, photography and volleyball in India

Kym Anderson (19) was a Particip8 volunteer in India, 2011/12. She is now the Finance and Fundraising intern at Project Trust, but took some time out of her day job to share her thoughts on her volunteering experience. I volunteered in Sevalaya in India, which is a big project based ... [ Read more... ]

Wildlife Conservation Research in South Africa with PoD

Polly volunteered at the Big 5 Wildlife Conservation in South Africa and experienced amazing encounters with Africa's famous Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. She lived on a private game reserve and received a 1 week bush craft training course."I went on the project as I'm studying ... [ Read more... ]

Volunteering: Orphanage & Community Projects - Cambodia

Julie worked in the orphanage and community projects such as rural village schools whilst living in a rural Cambodian town with breathtaking scenery and mysterious temples."I really enjoyed my time at the project, getting to know the children at the orphanage; they were all so lovely and wanted to spend ... [ Read more... ]

Volunteering with children in Pokhara, Nepal with PoD

Lizzie volunteered in Nepal at a Child Care centre and street children's centre in Pokhara, Nepal earlier this year."I had a wonderful time with PoD in Nepal and would highly recommend it to anyone. You really get to see the benefit of the work you do and bringing happiness and ... [ Read more... ]

A Team Volunteer Placement in Venezuela

These blogs were written by George Dabby (18, below) who is currently on his gap year with The Leap in Venezuela. He is completing a 10 week Team volunteer placement which combines community, marine conservation and reforestation projects with adventurous mountaineering and Spanish. Week 1Hola from Venezuela!I´m George and ... [ Read more... ]