If you only have a limited amount of time but you still wish to experience a Gapforce course or expedition, a summer volunteer program is the ideal option and the benefits of volunteering abroad are numerous. Live in a local community, make friends and help those in need of your skills.
With volunteer programs available around the world, why not choose your ideal destination, then research summer volunteering opportunities in the vicinity?
What can I gain from summer work volunteering abroad?
Volunteering over the summer has a number of benefits that make a trip away at this time of year well worth considering:
✔ You can gain valuable skills and experience to utilize in the workplace ✔ It is much more affordable than a longer trip away ✔ The enjoyment of a trip abroad and new sights will be positive for your mental health ✔ It helps a worthy cause - helping others and giving you a feel-good factor ✔ You can add the experience to your CV - helping you to stand out from the crowd ✔ Volunteering work gives you something positive to talk about in job interviews ✔ A summer away gives you time to think about what you want to do next ✔ Summer volunteering is sociable - you can make friends for life! ✔ A summer away will give you a break after the treadmill of school / university/ work ✔ Volunteering can provide networking opportunities - perhaps you will meet someone who will help you get into a career you hadn’t considered ✔ Personal development - boost your confidence, authenticity, positivity
What leadership skills will I learn?
Develop emotional skills to gain trust from your team
Learn from challenging new environments - using limited resources
Build confidence in your ideas, skillset and discover your expertise
Gain introspection by connecting with others and teamwork
Helping others will give you additional motivation and inspiration as a manager
You will learn how to face a challenge and step out of your comfort zone
What is the best summer volunteering program for me?
With dates that run through the summer, you can choose a short or long term experience to suit you. If you have any questions about our summer programs, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our gap year experts.