Plan My Gap Year
96% Rating
(305 Reviews)

Plan My Gap Year

Plan My Gap Year (PMGY) is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes across Africa & Asia. Our programmes start from just one weeks in duration right up to six months. You can join us throughout the year as we have two start dates per month.

PMGY was founded by volunteers for volunteers. We are an independent social venture, not a corporate machine. Our volunteers become part of something really special. We work together with local communities in the developing world to actualise long-term sustainable goals. We recognise that travel can be meaningful, everyone has something to give and that we can make a positive impact.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Iker
Male

Wonderful experience!

9/10

James and I decided to start our gap year volunteering in India, and we chose this program to do so. The choice was the best we could have made.
On arrival, we couldn’t find any wifi, but as they told us, there was a driver waiting for us that drove us to the accommodation. Our place was fine, sharing with other volunteers. It had a rooftop to chill out.
We taught in the slums school in the mornings and helped in the orphanage in the afternoons. During our month of volunteering we really developed a close relationship with those amazing kids. Sometimes we think that we learnt more about them than we did from them. We really encourage other people to try the same. Give them your best and you won’t be disappointed. Those kids are great!
Thank you for everything!

How can this program be improved?

Although it is a volunteering, the program could offer different kind of activities such as yoga, meditation, cooking classes (or just help in the kitchen) that could introduce the volunteers in the indian culture

Antonia
Female

PMGY Bali

10/10

I recently returned home from the most amazing 6 weeks in Bali. The whole experience was so much fun, well organised and a completely unique travelling experience which allows to visit many different places as well as taking part in some amazing projects. I did the childcare project, which was so much fun. The children were just incredible, so loving and happy and always to willing to learn. The project involves basic care of the babies and children, playing with them and teaching basic English, and every day is different! Working with these kids is hard work, but so worth it and an invaluable experience.
The pre-departure support was great, PMGY were always on hand to help and answer any questions. It was nice to have such good support when sorting things such as the visa, especially for first time travellers.
One of my favourite things about PMGY Bali is that the accommodation is with a family, meaning that you instantly feel at home. Ketut, Rush, Indra and family are so welcoming, nothing is too much trouble and therefore the in country support is amazing.
Weekends are great as you have the freedom to travel to different spots around the island, making new friends and seeing some of the most beautiful places you will ever find. The PMGY planned trips are great value for money, and ensures you see all the best spots and tourist locations! Each place I visited at the weekends was different, and each having their own unique features, making it very hard to chose a favourite! Uluwatu had the most beautiful beaches, the culture in Ubud was amazing and Seminyak had fab shops and places to eat.
As well as this, the volunteer house is located near to many great places to visit in the evenings after project, such as Tannah Lot temple. Tabanan also has a nigh market every night, and the best donut shop which was always very popular!!!

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Hannah
Female
United Kingdom
Leeds Metropolitan University

Four weeks in Bali

10/10

In November I returned from four weeks volunteering in Tabanan, Bali in the childcare project. This was my first time travelling, and doing it alone was really nerve-racking but the whole experience was absolutely amazing.
I booked my place with Plan My Gap Year and left for Bali quite quickly, I only had about two months to prepare but PMGY were very efficient and helpful throughout the preparation process and answered any questions I had quickly. There was a really thorough volunteer handbook to read through and useful webinar sessions you could sign onto.
The childcare programme was incredible, the children were so amazing and I still miss them massively! The childcare programme was mostly looking after the children, and playing with them with a little bit of basic teaching involved. The children are so loving. I loved every minute of it.
I really loved that in Bali, your accommodation includes living with a local family who were amazing! Ketut, Rush, Indra and family were so welcoming and accommodating. It really made the experience 10x better living with such a lovely family. We even got to attend a family wedding which was a great experience.
During my four weeks, I never once felt unsafe and the locals in Tabanan and different areas in Bali were so friendly. Travelling around different places in Bali on our weekends was unbelievable and I am so happy I got to see the places I did, each one was unique and beautiful.
Overall, my time in Bali was incredible and I would love to go back again.

How can this program be improved?

Reading about the childcare programme on the PMGY website and in the volunteer handbook, and actually doing it was completely different. I didn't actually experience some of the things it said I would on the website and it maybe needs updating from some recent volunteers.
Although there was an orientation activity to show you around the area you would be staying, going into the actual project (childcare), there was no introduction and you learn everything you need to know from the current volunteers so maybe a bit of preparation or introduction to the programme when you arrive would be good.

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Ellie
Female
Australia
Swinburne University of Technology

Teaching Program

10/10

I was lucky enough to stumble across PMGY while searching the internet for what I wanted to do on my gap year. I spent 6 weeks in Sri lanka with Ashika and all the other coordinators and its fiar to say that it's been the best 6 weeks I could ever have imagined. The house (london house) is lovdely and all the sisters work hard to cook your meals and keep everything tidy for you. Abalangoda itself is an amazing little town where you get to experience the real culture of Sri Lanka, but tourist towns such as Hikkadua arent to far away either. The people you meet inside the house will become your life long friends in a matter of days and you so quickly learn to go out and adventure together on weekends.

If you're looking at doing the teaching program, get ready for a whole lot of love. These kids will enrich your life with love and gratitude like you never knew possible. Depending on how many volunteers on the project at the time, you may get a class to yourself or be teaching with someone. It only really takes a couple of days to get used to them and then you know exactly how to work with them. The house has many helpful books to help you plan lessons, and the coordinators are gret for advice too. The kids I worked with for 6 weeks changed my life in a way I never expected!!

Magda
Female

Bali 2017

10/10

My experience volunteering in Bali was unbelievable. I did childcare which also involved a bit of teaching. I came into it with no idea of what i was doing, just like most volunteers I'm sure but it was amazing. The children were beautiful, bright and kind souls that smiled no matter what. They were always up for having fun and running around and they really loved colouring in! Although they were young and it's hard to learn another language at their age, they tried their hardest and seeing that was the most rewarding feeling. The Akasa family made us feel like part of their own family and I will always be grateful for that because they made everyone feel so welcomed in their home! Bali overall was incredible. Travelling on weekends with friends and every making new memories that will never be forgotten was amazing. The locals were always very friendly and you never felt out of place there. I loved every minute of this experience and would 100% do it again.

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