Volunteering in Thailand on a gap year

Courtney’s Experience Volunteering in Thailand

Courtney joined the Gapforce Thailand Adventure gap year program in the summer of 2016. As a fulltime Geography graduate student and regular traveller documenting her adventure on her blog, we were delighted that she took a moment to share…

Gap Year Programs

Trumpet Tree Garden

We arrived at Somerset West late Sunday evening, after a long afternoon of driving. The road was stunning with a constant  changing landscape; vast farmland to dramatic mountain cliffs. We came across Gordon’s Pass just as the sun started to set across the bay. The Stumble Inn shuttle collected us and took us to take us into Stellenbosch. It was … Read More

House Luigi - South Africa Gap Year

After breakfast at Annie’s

Read the next part of the story from our South Africa volunteers. Monday, we began our week at the St. Luigi Scrosoppi Sorgsentrum/Care Centre. After breakfast at Annie’s we left for the township. The morning was spent learning about the history of the centre and what we would be doing during the week. It was amazing to see how they had created this … Read More

Skydive in South Africa Gap Year

Backpacking down the Garden Route

Read the next part of the story from our South Africa volunteers. Early Sunday morning we left Port Elizabeth, we all felt sad to leave but excited for the next part of our adventure; backpacking down the Garden Route. We headed for Island Vibe (the party hostel) at Jeffrey’s bay. We dropped off our bags and spent the morning shopping at … Read More

White Lions in South Africa Gap Year

Hanging out with Lions, Cheetahs… and the England cricket team in South Africa!

Read the next part of the story from our South Africa volunteers. Our first night at the Private Game Reserve, we immediately felt extremely overwhelmed surrounded by many new faces, noises, and smells. The first night didn’t consist of much sleep with the bats flying around our heads. The upside to not sleeping are the stars and the lions roaring. The … Read More

South Africa Week 1

Read the next part of the story from our South Africa volunteers. Week 1 – Port Elizabeth As we flew into Port Elizabeth we were greeted by magnificent views of its stunning coastline; golden sandy beaches, rocky shores and pristine blue water. The airport is very small and dubbed ‘The 10 Minute Airport’ as it takes no longer than that to reclaim … Read More

Update from our volunteers: South Africa 2015

We arrived at Port Elizabeth airport and met the rest of our group and leader, before spending our first night in a hostel on PE beach front. The next day, we made our way to the first adventure of the trip, game reserve. Our two weeks at the game reserve were an unforgettable experience, witnessing a pride of lions as … Read More

Borneo July 2013 Group

Arrival: After arrival in Palanka raya most of us happened to bump into each other on the plane coming over  which was great! That afternoon we waited for the rest of the group to arrive and then went back to  the base at Nyaru Mentang. This is where we saw our first orangutans, we set up in our little cabin … Read More

Fiji July Phase – Week 3

The week started with a visit from 28 Americans on a 3 month sailing trip across the Pacific. It was nice having a very busy camp with lots of beach volleyball, scuba diving and a bbq. The Brits dominated on the volleyball court but the yanks were graceful losers and provided camp with plenty of meat for the bbq which … Read More

Fiji July Phase – Week 2

First trip to the Village Navatu, where we were given families to take us in and introduce us to the local traditions and ways of a Fijians. We all enjoyed meeting the families and playing games with the children. As part of the Island life we all went to Church with the locals, and listening to the gospel singing of … Read More