Health, Medicine and Caring Gap Years

In this section we provide details of the types of projects that would suit people who are looking to gain experience in medicine, nursing, child care or veterinary sciences.

Caring for vulnerable children in orphanages and medical centres, or birds and animals in wildlife sanctuaries can be an emotionally difficult yet incredibly rewarding way to spend your year abroad. Perhaps you are going on to study medicine at university and would benefit from some practical work experience, or maybe you just want to lend a hand to people who need help. You do not require any previous experience for the vast majority of these projects, just a willingness to learn.



Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America
Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America

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Maximo Nivel’s volunteer programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru provide unique opportunities to live and work in Latin America, while giving back to the global community and immersing yourself in the local culture....
Posted by: Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel Website


Tour Leader - Paris
Tour Leader - Paris

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renumeration icon Competitive wage + meals and accommodation package and full training

Becoming a PGL Tour Leader is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in French culture and get involved with one of PGL’s most popular school trips – tailor-made French study tours to the wonderful city of Paris....
Posted by: PGL
PGL Website


Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220
Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

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PMGY offer some of the most amazing medical volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 2-weeks to 6-months....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website


Sports Coaching Gap Year
Sports Coaching Gap Year

map pin Africa, North America

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Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball or swimming. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world. Combine sport and travel passions and make a difference....
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website



Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs
Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs

map pin Bali, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Nepal, India, Guatemala, Peru

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Looking to gain invaluable experience for your medical career and assist communities in real need? International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer programs for pre-medical and medical students in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America...
Posted by: International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ Website


Medical and HIV/Aids Volunteering in South Africa
Medical and HIV/Aids Volunteering in South Africa

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As a medical volunteer in a rural Zulu area of South Africa, you will gain real insight into the daily struggles of those living in poverty. Through clinic work, home-based care initiatives and HIV education, you will make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate. ...
Posted by: African Impact
African Impact Website


Work as a Ski Instructor
Work as a Ski Instructor

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Train with professional ski instructors and gain your own qualifications that will allow you to teach in the same season. Following your course, become a snow sports instructor in Canada or Romania and earn money whilst enjoying the season on these fantastic slopes!...
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website


Bahamas Marine Conservation
Bahamas Marine Conservation

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Join our Volunteer Marine Conservation project in the Bahamas and help create UNESCO protected marine parks, assist local communities and teach conservation awareness in primary schools. Learn to dive, become a PADI Advanced Diver! ...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website



Costa Rica Marine Adventure
Costa Rica Marine Adventure

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Join our tropical Marine Conservation project in Costa Rica and scuba dive in one of the world's most stunning settings. Once fully trained, volunteer at our Sea Turtle conservation project and help protect marine life. Gain three PADI qualifications. See Manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales....
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Medical Work Experience
Medical Work Experience

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Our projects offering medical experience are an excellent way to boost your university application and to give you a great foundation towards your medical degree. Get practical experience with both medicine and healthcare and at the same time be helping those who really need it. ...
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website


Teaching Jobs Abroad
Teaching Jobs Abroad

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renumeration icon Paid - approximately £800/$1000 a month

The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Choose either to join our Teach and Earn programme or our China Adventure....
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website


Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180
Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

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PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website



Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150
Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

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PMGY offer some of the most amazing childcare volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website


Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

map pin Worldwide

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IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations....
Posted by: International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ Website


Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure

map pin Central America

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See the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this unique Central America gap year adventure. From the deep and dense Cost Rican rainforest to quaint Caribbean beach towns, you will experience paradise in all its glory....
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Cape Town
Support Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Cape Town

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The focus of this project is to care for and support abandoned and orphaned children in emergency care homes and after-school care facilities in Cape Town. Volunteers get to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all the while assisting with early childhood development....
Posted by: African Impact
African Impact Website



Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

map pin Africa, Asia & South America

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Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website