GAP YEAR around the world:
It doesn’t matter if you are working or doing volunteering, all it takes is some ongoing interaction with locals to develop a connection and make some friends.
Depending on your age, nationality and professional skills, you can get short term legal permission to work almost anywhere. Seasonal work – summer resorts on the sea, from June to September or winter resorts in the snow, from November to March – the opposite if in the Southern Hemisphere
Teaching your language – mostly English www.tefl.co.uk, or teach diving, with a Divemaster certification www.padi.com
Primarily aimed at students or very recent graduates, international placement organization www.ciee.org helps travellers find minimum-wage jobs in selected countries.
It can be for human aid and development, in archaeology, protecting wildlife or in Nature conservation: there are many useful websites.
Donating your time can be a tremendously fulfilling experience. But before you sign up, be sure you get an exact description of what you’ll be doing and what they expect you to accomplish during your stay.