This website is more focused towards volunteering in south Africa. And it had media coverage in CNN, CNBC and other big news stations. They send some 10,000 volunteers every year, which is not a small number at all.
To get started you need to contact one of their staff members and they will guide you from there
The Debate Rages On!! To Take a Gap Year, or Not to Take a Gap Year
The world is a place to discover and to discover it you need to drop your mouse, and your iphones and move out of the house. That is the only way you can experience the true beauty of friendship and relationships, memories that will last a lifetime. Find someone to talk to, meet people, there’s a billion people to choose from and meet someone new. You will meet people that inspire you, motivate you and encourage you.
You meet people who are so lovely and you get to have so many conversations with strangers. Try to hold on to people that are great and lovely. Be open and honest, and say more yes than no. Because you will regret the no’s more than the yeses that you make and say. Take a leap of faith, take risks, I mean nothing that can harm you, but make a effort to be out there.
Remember what makes you happy and be compassionate. It does not cost you anything extra to say hello and thank you. Maybe to someone you love and care about. At the end of the day it will make someone else life brighter. Or you buy something for someone else. You will feel great about you.
Stand up for yourself, no one else will. If you see someone being discriminated, speak out and act. Stand up for other people. If you travel you need other people as much as they need you. Have fun and enjoy life responsibly.