Now that commencement ceremonies have taken place, many graduates are looking for an opportunity to volunteer their time and energy for the greater good. There are plenty of opportunities available but here’s a look at some of the best ones out there.
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
This organization was founded in 2007 by Dan Radcliffe and offers over 200 volunteer trips to more than 40 destinations in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the USA. This organization has placed over 85,000 volunteers overseas in positions of teaching, healthcare, childcare, and much more. The length of the available programs range from one week to 24 weeks. These programs do cost the volunteer a small fee but those fees start at just $180. There’s even an option for volunteers to fundraise on Volunteer Forever or apply for their volunteer abroad scholarship.
Plan My Gap Year (PMGY)
Plan My Gap Year was founded in 2011 and is among the world’s most affordable placements for post-grads who would like to volunteer in childcare, English teaching, wildlife conservation, and even mental health projects across Africa and Asia. Each program is inspected and vetted by the PMGY team first for safety and the ensure that the volunteers are matched with a project that best utilizes their skills. Their projects are focused on being sustainable and impactful.
This program is a shining example of what a volunteer would want from their opportunities. Maximo Nivel was founded in 2003 and has placed over 25,000 volunteers in its many programs like internship abroad, study abroad, and Spanish Immersion. Maximo Nivel offers its program in three countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. They offer programs that range in length from one week to a full year.
This organization was founded by a brother-sister team and offers projects in over 34 countries globally. Thousands of volunteers from every corner of the globe are placed into one week to 6-month projects focused in Central and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. There is a cost for placement of $175 with the program and a one-time $249 registration fee when submitting the application. The programs are community-based and centered around healthcare, education, social services, construction, and environmental protection.
No matter which of these programs appeal to you most, you’re bound to find a life-changing experience when becoming involved. If you’ve got a gap year planned after graduating, it may be the perfect experience to take the time and help give back to communities worldwide.