Your Project

Your Project Trust Gap Year is what all the trips to Coll and fundraising have been for – the chance to have the adventure of a lifetime living in and working with a community in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Overview of your Gap Year

Your Gap Year is unique and very much your own, giving you plenty of opportunity to make your mark on your project and use your initiative to benefit your host community. But you also have a good deal of support behind you should you need it.

Every volunteer is placed with a Project Trust partner, another volunteer who you will live and work with. This means throughout the year you will be with someone on the same journey who can relate to your experiences. Project Trust’s Overseas Team use all the information gathered about volunteers on Selection to match volunteers with a partner.

What will I be doing?

Whatever role you are selected for – teaching, social care or outward bound – you’ll be working hard whilst you are at your project. We expect our volunteers to throw themselves into their work, constantly looking for ways to maximise their positive impact and really make the most of their time overseas.

But it isn’t all work, during your holidays you are free to explore the country you are based in, or neighbouring countries, and will no doubt return after a year with a long list of impressive and exciting sights-seen and experiences lived.


Volunteers with initiative, enthusiasm and boundless energy are required to assist pre-school aged children in laying the foundations for a life of learning.

School Teaching

Do you have bags of enthusiasm and plenty of patience? We’re looking for Volunteers with good communication skills, as well as lots of energy and imagination, to work in schools across the world.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL could be for any age, from kindergarten to adults. TESOL is about building confidence and empowering your students. English language skills open doors for your students and offer a real opportunity to broaden their horizons.

Outdoor Education

If you are fit, active and love the outdoors, check out our Outdoor Education projects. You will be involved in running courses for people of all ages and backgrounds and one of your main goals will be to improve the self-confidence of the participants as well as encouraging teamwork and trust.

Youth Work & Medical

These projects are incredibly varied and Volunteers work directly with children, teenagers and adults who face many challenges in their daily lives.

Support Overseas

Going overseas with Project Trust is probably the first time you have lived independently. Project Trust offers a safety net, giving you the opportunity to learn and grow with support as you need it. Whether it’s an emergency situation, a practical problem or you require guidance and advice, we have over 50 years’ experience working with young people.

Your Project Partner

You will live and work with another Project Trust Volunteer. We do take time to get to know you on your Selection Course so that we can match you with someone with similar motivations. Together you will share the experience of your time overseas and support each other as you learn about and live in a new environment.

Your Project Host

Your Host is responsible for your day-to-day welfare, where you live and the work that you do. Hosts are different in each project and are members of the local community who have been assigned this responsibility for looking after you. This could be a Head teacher or the head of an Institution but essentially they are the person you would speak to about any of your day-to-day concerns.

In-Country Representative

Your Representative is someone who lives in the country, and oversees each of the projects there. They are on hand to assist with an emergency or crisis. The Representative is responsible for arranging the logistics of your arrival. Often they will provide a short induction and assist you with your onward travel to your project placement. They understand the culture, speak local languages and can offer expert advice.

Country Coordinator

Your Country Coordinator is a member of the Project Trust Overseas Team based on Coll. They are responsible for you and the rest of your country group. They will work with you during your Training Course, give you pre-departure support and will offer guidance during your placement. They will also visit you at your project and observe you working.

Next Step

Project Trust Gap Year Volunteer, Ross in Guyana

“The unique experience of being a valued, professional figure in a community, in a place you grow to love, was the highlight of my experience abroad. Like most volunteers, I came away with a second home and an amazing life-changing year of my life.”

Ross, Project Trust Gap Year Volunteer in Guyana

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