GapGuru offers students a wide range of volunteer, travel, and internship opportunities all over Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. The organization was established in 2004 and continues to develop programmes for students which allow them to discover new countries, learn about new cultures, meet new people, and immerse in local communities. Working with over a hundred projects in eleven countries and four continents, GapGuru programmes help students improve personal skills and build confidence through voluntary work, teaching, internship, and travel opportunities. All projects are carefully chosen and researched to provide the best possible experience for the students and the community and organisation they are working for. GapGuru is in partnership with Year Out Group, an organisation ensuring the safety and compliance of strict code of conduct in providing gap years.
Thousand Oaks | March 01, 2015
This was seriously the best experience of my life. I was really nervous planning this trip because it was different than any other abroad program I had done before and I honestly had no idea what to expect. Everything, from the people to food to living conditions to the city to the work and the kids we were teaching, EVERYTHING was so much better than my expectations.
Chiang Mai is beautiful and full of a balanced mixture of fun and culture. The volunteer house was about 20 minutes outside of Chiang Mai in a town called Doi Saket, which was cool because it was so intimate and way less touristy than Chiang Mai. Don't worry though because Chiang Mai is a 18 baht bus ride (which is less than 50 cents) so you'll make time to go to the city often. The house was clean and big on a beautiful stretch of land and our chef is the nicest woman! She makes amazing pad thai too so be sure to ask for it!!!
The administrative group were some of the realest, most down to earth people in the world; they are just hilarious, but also care so much about the work they are doing. When I was there, I taught young monks, played with kids in the nursery, and stayed in a hill tribe village to study elephants and help the community. Anyways I could talk forever about this amazing trip, but if you are looking for a trip to immerse you into the Thai culture while enjoying yourself, then this is the ONE! I suggest you sign up now.
Swindon Plymouth University| May 07, 2015
I would catch a motor taxi to the school to teach life skill sessions and English in the mornings. In the afternoons I'd teach another couple of lessons at the school and coach football at the sports field. I loved my daily routine but in the evenings I didn't know what to expect as the social life was electric. pub quiz's, film nights and sports bars in the town of Battambong made my time a memorable one. A highlight was when we had a volunteer trip to Phnom Penh to celebrate the water festival. I'll never forget this experience!