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Volunteering abroad options for 15 to 25 year olds

So, you’ve just graduated from university and you’re unsure of your next move? Or, maybe you’ve just finished college and you are looking to take a year out? Whatever your circumstances; volunteering abroad may be the answer. 

Global Vision International Foundation Scheme


Work within warm sunbaked surroundings, meet new friends and complete a highly-rewarding volunteer project in locations across the world.

As finding working opportunities within the UK becomes more and more difficult for young adults, overseas volunteer work has never been more appealing. 

Leading volunteer organisation Global Vision International’s new Foundation Scheme aims to expose school children to life-changing experiences around the world. 

GVI provide support to international charities and has already sent over 10,000 volunteers overseas to aid environmental and humanitarian programmes in 140 projects worldwide.

The unique two-week educational experience, located in eight different countries from South Africa to Fiji, is offered to 15 – 17 year olds giving students a highly immersive cultural and rewarding experience. 

Each expedition includes an inspirational volunteer project, which coincides with weekend excursions and amazing off the tourist trail adventure activities. 

Deven Bowler, who travelled to South Africa in 2011, has encouraged more young people to get involved in what is a once in a life-time scheme. 

“It was a life-changing experience,” he said. “I’ve got so much out of this trip and some amazing memories that I will never forget.”


Many internet review sites will have you believe the volunteering market is dominated by expensive profit-minded providers looking to make a quick buck and leave you in the lurch. 

All is not lost however; PlanMyGapYear (PMGY) offer young people a reasonable alternative with a personal touch from their recent graduate founders Gad and Philip who were inspired by their own travels to “provide individuals with a structured element to their Gap Year at a price they could afford”. 

PMGY offer 15 different locations across Africa, the Americas and Asia. Whether you experience the cultural and natural beauty of the ‘Teardrop of India’ Sri Lanka or you meet the fascinating Maasai tribes of Kenya you will be supported every step of the way. 

Destinations are priced at anything from £160 to £470 (plus £149 registration fee). PMGY claim total transparency with fees, that way volunteers know exactly how much of your money goes towards the local community. gave the scheme a rating of 4.8/5 with 10 very positive reviews; Emily12 said “the company was incredibly helpful”. 



Do-it provides a huge database of volunteering opportunities to enable people to get involved in volunteering. 

Organisations post opportunities which people are then able to search for online through their interests and postcode.

Do-it offers many opportunities for young people to travel abroad, volunteers can venture to countries all around the world. 

Organisations such as Africa & Asia Venture – AV (social enterprise) provide a not-for-profit social enterprise that offers three to five month volunteering projects in the developing world for those aged 18 – 25 years.

Connections IKM /Inka Magik offers three month teaching programmes in Lima and around Peru. 

Ecologia Trust promotes fostering the process of positive and creative change in Russia. 

VSO owns a Global Xchange programme, which offers young people (18-22 years) overseas volunteer placements for three or six months in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

During these opportunities volunteers will take part in many activities during their programme, such as sports coaching, teaching, and community work. Volunteers can also aid in education, fundraising and health during their placement.

This will increase volunteers’ personal skills and professional experience in volunteering.



About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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