Gap year holidays & travel; career breaks



uk flagA Broader View Volunteers Corp five star Featured Site

based: Pennsylvania, USA
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Charitable not for profit organization arranging volunteer projects abroad, offering travelers the opportunity to explore a new country while taking part in rewarding and meaningful service work. Ideal as gap year trips. Get a broader view of the world: volunteer your time and efforts to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

| working/volunteer | gap year | Spanish language | ecological tours | Africa | South America | Central America | Asia |


uk flagCrewseekers International five star Featured Site

based: Hampshire, UK

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CrewseekersListing up-to-date gap year yacht work opportunities worldwide. Previous yachting experience is not always required and work ranges from stewarding to crewing. Destinations include the UK, Europe, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North and South America, and the Pacific. Durations from one month to long-term.

| gap year | Worldwide |


uk flagGap Year Diver

based: London, UK
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Specialist UK-based tour operator for career break and gap year scuba diving holidays, many offering internationally recognised PADI courses. They offer a selection of destinations, including the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Pacific Islands, Thailand, Indonesia, Costa Rica and South America.

| gap year | diving/snorkelling | Worldwide |


uk flagGap Year Japan – Japan Journeys

based: London, UK
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Providing all the assistance and cultural knowledge needed for a gap year trip in this most foreign of foreign countries. Discover this fascinating country and spend time working; teaching English, in hospitality or research, or interpreting and translating, or even acting.

| gap year | Japan |


uk flagG Adventures – YOLO Adventures five star Featured Site

based: Canada, London & Worldwide

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G Adventures, Yolo toursYOLO Adventures from G Adventures offer a range of trips for 18-30 year-olds, great for your gap year trip! A range of trips for travellers who want to experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner; they offer something for everyone, from volunteering projects to true adventure travel to all corners of the world.

| ethical/ecotourism | animals/safari | expeditions | walk/trek/hike | mountain biking | canoe/kayak | overlanding | multi-activity | working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |


uk flagGreen Tortoise Adventure Travel

based: California, USA
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Adventure bus tours designed for fun-loving, independent travelers, the young and young at heart. Discover California, the West coast, cross country tours, Western USA, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, the Northwest, festivals and fairs, all aboard a Green Tortoise sleeper coach which converts by night to sleeping bunks for up to 36 passengers.

| singles | bus/coach | gap year | North America |


INFO Nepal – Global Volunteers for Nepal

based: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
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A customised program that enables volunteers to make an important contribution to the Nepali people, while gaining an in-depth experience of the language and culture. INFO provides training and placements in communities and schools across Nepal. Volunteers may be involved in English teaching, environmental awareness, income generating programmes, health care education, or assisting in orphanages and children's homes.

| working/volunteer | gap year | Nepal |


uk flagi-to-i TEFL

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Gap year opportunities teaching English abroad, a range of TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) courses which can be combined with paid TEFL internships». Or TEFL experiences» which combine courses, teaching and adventure travel. Destinations include China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Spain, South Africa and Colombia.

| English TEFL course | working/volunteer | gap year | Asia | South Africa | Colombia | Spain |


uk flagOyster Worldwide

based: East Sussex, UK
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Gap year specialist for volunteer and paid placements to worldwide destinations. Offering a wide range of projects (from two weeks, to a full year) which include working with children in Romania, learning Spanish and teaching English in Chile, sports coaching in South Africa and paid work in Australia or Canada.

| working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |


TEFL International Prague – Language & Training

based: Prague, Czech Republic
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TEFL International Prague provides a 4-week TEFL course leading to an internationally recognized Certificate in TESOL. The course is externally moderated by TEFL International and accredited by Fairmont State University in Vermont, USA. All their successful course graduates get a teaching job guarantee in Prague and job guidance worldwide.

| English TEFL courses | gap year | summer schools | working/volunteer | Czech Republic |


uk flagTourRadar five star Featured Site

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TourRadar logoVolunteer gap year work and community tours, TourRadar offers over 150 tours from a wide range of operators in over 25 countries worldwide. With trips of up to 12 weeks duration, longer trips are ideal for gap year travel. Areas include: wildlife and conservation, education and language teaching, community projects, working with children, health projects ...

| working/volunteer | gap year | Worldwide |


uk flagVolunteer Latin America

based: London, UK
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Providing free and low-cost volunteer work in Central and South America for independent volunteers; offering a wide variety of projects including opportunities to volunteer and learn Spanish abroad.

| working/volunteer | gap year | Spanish | South America |


uk flagBlue Ventures Conservation

based: London, UK

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Dynamic marine volunteering positions available in Madagascar, researching threatened coral reefs ecosystems.

| working/volunteer | gap year | diving/snorkelling | Madagascar |





Gap year travel and holidays and career breaks

This section lists holidays and travel for students taking a gap year pre-college break in the UK, abroad in Europe, Asia, America, Africa, South America and Worldwide. It also lists career break travel aimed at older people who've taken a sabbatical break from work.


gap year backpackerGap year holidays will tend to be longer in duration than working holidays and many are offered as dedicated 'gap year' breaks. Gap year trips may be entirely focused on travel and recreation, or may also include periods of work, often volunteer work, working in local communities on conservation, education or health projects. Much dedicated gap year travel is very structured, often taking the form of a set period of volunteer work, possibly a period of travel within the destination country and finally a period of rest and relaxation where participants can have a holiday experience and enjoy activities and cultural visits etc.


Conventionally a gap year is a period (typically an academic year) taken off between the end of senior school education and the start of a university or college course, at the end of an undergraduate course, or even between the years of a course. This time is usually spent travelling, discovering the world and working (in paid and/or volunteer employment). More generally a gap year describes time out between life stages, and can be taken anywhere, for any period of time and can be used for any activity. The section also covers career break travel and holidays for older people taking a sabbatical period (often a year) from their working life.


Worth a look

In this section gap year travel will tend to be longer breaks than those found in our working holidays section (although there is a lot of overlap and many organisations listed are found in both categories).