Gap Years can come in all different shapes and sizes - from a 2 week volunteering holiday to a full year of teaching abroad - and they all come with advantages and disadvantages. Whether you are looking to take a year out between school and university, or do something more intrepid during your university holidays, there are thousands of adventures waiting for you.

The hardest part is working out exactly what you would like to do and achieve during this time because there's one thing for sure - there will certainly be an option out there for you, no matter how off-beat you think it is.

If you're looking for tips on researching and raising the sponsorship for your future trip, visit our pages on research, finance and fundraising.


Community Placements

Whether 2 weeks or 2 years, volunteering in local communities should be a great way to get to know a culture... and to give something back.


Environmental Placements

The environment is a dynamic lifesystem and it's important to maintain it and minimise those carbon footprints.


Animal Placements

From wild animals abused in homes circuses, to Orang-Utans whose homes are being destroyed, these animals need your help.


Teaching Placements

Teaching is a tough, yet highly rewarding job. With the children depending on you, these trips are usually the longest & should be at least 6 months.


Vocational Placements

If you have a skill that would be useful in developing countries, there is a high chance you will find a project out there to suit it. Medical, logistics & engineering are just some of the opportunities out there.