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Gap Year Rewarding Care Projects Worldwide

Vacancy Type: Gap Year
Employer: Travellers Worldwide
Reference: TW/1/RCPW

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Challenging Care projects available in Orphanages, Crèches, Schools, Hospitals and Social Centres working with orphans, abused children, street children, children with learning and physical disabilities, and adults. Projects are available across the globe in some of the most needy and poor communities.

We have many placements where you can help those who can't help themselves - it's immensely satisfying and expands your understanding of a different culture and some of the hardships in life. You can work in hospitals, orphanages, social work and care centres, and always with the objective of helping the local community. We also have Medical placements where you could work in a hospital, clinic or teaching hospital, in any one of a number of departments.


  • Care for Children: at a very worthwhile Children's Hospital in Mendoza.
  • Day Care Centre for Children in Mendoza: Help children at this delightful non-profit Day Care Centre for children, in the charming urban location of Mendoza


  • Crèche Project in Rio de Janeiro OR Florianópolis: A very deserving project with young children
  • Care for the Elderly and Orphans in Florianópolis: In a friendly centre that really needs volunteers


  • Kindergarten Project in Yangzhou


  • Orphanage Projects: Volunteer in a friendly orphanage where the children are really loved. Care for these adorable children and brighten up their lives.
  • Street Kids Project: A very deserving placement working with street children, who have had an awful start to life and are trying to turn their lives around.
  • Care Projects: in a children's hospital in Quito, that really needs volunteers!


  • Pre-School Project in the Greater Accra region where you'll assist in an NGO dedicated to providing the very best physical, psychological and care for children who are neglected, abused, or in need of supervision.
  • Medical Project: Work in a fairly new Medical Centre in Accra, with good facilities and a wide-ranging team of medical specialists. Includes Nursing, Optometry and Dentistry, among others.


  • Care Projects: Gain experience in care, or simply to challenge yourself in a friendly environment where your assistance is really needed.
  • Crèche Projects: A very deserving placement working with pre-school children, the crèche project in Guatemala is a truly rewarding experience.
  • Medical Project: Gain experience at a community health care centre designed to help the poorest section of Antigua's community.


  • Care for Orphans: This is a fantastic opportunity if you love working with babies and young children and want some hands on experience! You will be involved with the day to day running of the Orphanage and help the nurses wash, feed and play with the children
  • Care for Children with Special Needs: A worthwhile project, working with children with mental, physical or emotional disabilities that are in need of much love and attention.
  • YMCA Deaf School Project: An extremely worthwhile project that really offers you the chance to give something back and help a very much neglected section of society in the sub-continent.
  • Medical Placements in Hospitals: All placements are based in Madurai. You will be able to experience a general hospital overview as well as the chance to volunteer at smaller doctor’s practices which specialize in gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics and psychology. No qualifications are required!
  • Dentistry Internships: An excellent project in the heart of Madurai at a state-of-the-art dental practice. This is a brilliant opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field in a different culture where practices may differ considerably from what you're used to in your home country.
  • Pharmaceutical Work Experience: One of the two project Hospitals has a substantial Pharmaceutical Department where you will be able to work as part of your overall medical placement.


  • Medical Placement in a world-renowned hospital on the island of Mombasa.
  • Care for Kids in Orphanages Project


  • Care Project - Help children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities as well as some young adults and abused women/children. This is a challenging and rewarding project that is suitable for disabled volunteers because the buildings are wheelchair friendly and accessible.


  • Community Development, Teaching & Home Building Project: A very worthwhile and satisfying project, which has a very tropical feel involving various aspects of community and development work in and around the coastal town of Vilanculos.


  • Care for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Assist with caring for and teaching the children to help their development in Auckland.
  • Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy with Physically Disabled Children at a special unit in Auckland. You'll work with children who have disabilities such as multiple sclerosis and mobility problems.


  • Care for children with autism, special needs or mental or physical impairment, or children who come from very disadvantaged backgrounds - a very worthwhile project based in the hugely popular city of Cape Town 
  • Care work with children in the only dedicated Children's Hospital south of the Sahara.
  • Care for Poverty-stricken and Abused Children in a Youth Care Centre - providing much appreciated care and support, based in Knysna
  • Street Kids Project: Social work / Care with children providing hope and help to troubled young people in a Youth Development Centre in a township on the outskirts of Knysna
  • Care with Orphaned and Vulnerable Children plus Rural Community Development - located in KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu homeland and a wonderful cultural experience.. You'll live in a lively city and work in outlying rural communities.


  • Orphanage & Care in beautiful Sri Lanka! Care for little ones and absorb some of their energy while relaxing under the tropical sun.
  • Care for Children in Orphanages. This project works with disadvantaged children in the lovely town of Livingstone, near the Victoria Falls.
  • Medical Placement in a clinic helping the local communities about 30km just outside of Livingstone town centre.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into your chosen country and culture.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and adults and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!   


To apply for a care project you need to submit the following: ·

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Covering Letter

£190 deposit payment (which will be deducted from the total cost of your placement) – made payable online, via cheque, bank transfer or over the phone.

DURATION: Available all year round. Our placements are very flexible, you can choose your own start and finish dates.

START DATES: Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.


COSTS: Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £745 for two weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

REQUIREMENTS: Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humour helps!)

Location: Rest of the World

Recruiter Details

Travellers Worldwide
01903 502595

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