Thinking about taking a gap year but not sure where to start? A well-planned gap year is great way to impress potential employers. Over 200,000 young people in the UK take a gap year each year.
A well-thought-out gap year may include several elements - travel, work, rest, volunteering. Planning carefully is the best way to avoid starting your university or working life in debt.
If you choose to take a gap year before university, the advantages are that you'll gain more independence - personal, financial, maybe both - and be better prepared for university life. It doesn't matter that you'll be a year older than many of the other undergraduates - you'll probably cope with the transition to university better.
If you decide to organise your trip with a gap year company, research the company thoroughly before committing. Find out how long they have been operating and how many people they have taken abroad in the past. It's a good idea to speak to past gap travellers who have used the company to find out about their experiences.
Looking for ideas on how to spend your gap year? Work placements, sports, studying abroad, volunteering - a few suggestions are listed below.
- Gap Year Travel Store
The Gap Year Travel Store is an online store dedicated to providing quality equipment for gap year travellers, including travel backpacks, lightweight sleeping bags, first aid kits & mosquito defence products. They also have a blog where they share travel tips and travel gear advice
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Tips on insurance, money, advice on staying healthy, getting the right visa. You will find all you need to know to plan the safest and most enjoyable gap year.
- The Telegrah
The Telegraph guide to gap-years abroad provides practical information on a range of year out options, including volunteering, working abroad, learning skills and independent travel, as well as practical advice on gap-year travel insurance, safety and packing.
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: Jane Mclellan, Operations and Sales Director
: +44(0)1892 527392
121-123 Mount Pleasant
Gap 360 offers a range of trips including; paid work, volunteering, adventure tours, teaching & much more. In fact Gap 360 has 200+ trips in 50+ countries. To see a full list of all Gap 360 trips click here
Trips can range from just a few weeks (short gaps) to 2 years. We can accommodate for summer trips & longer more cultural experiences as well.
Gap 360 can tailor make your perfect gap year! Just give a travel advisor a call on: 01892 527392 and start planning your dream trip today!
The 10-week Oxford Gap Year equips students aged 17-19 with a deeper understanding of their chosen subject and the competence to pursue it at a higher level.
At the beautiful Yarnton Manor, small classes strengthen students' academic knowledge while individual project work develops their research skills. Regular guest-speaker debates stimulate their intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. An invaluable opportunity to gain academic credit and life-skills!
TRU Experience Travel
: Miss Hannah Whittaker-George, Director
: +44(0)1494 526163
4 Wyndham Avenue
Tru Experience Travel are a Volunteer and Travel organisation, run by travelers with first hand experience on all of our projects.
: Victoria Longden
: +44(0)1908 692918
The Old Granary
An intense course, giving you kitchen confidence and the practical training you need to truly amaze your guests and manage your chalet kitchen safely and effectively.
Based in The Old Granary on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, Mountain Chefs specialise in providing Chalet Chef Cookery Courses. Our open-plan kitchens provide the perfect learning environment for students to master the skills required to be a sucessful seasonaire.
BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR WITH EA SKI AND SNOWBOARD
: Andrew Whiteford
- Banff, Big White, Lake Louise, Cypress, Nakiska, Castle Mountain or Revelstoke in Canada
- Lake Tahoe in the USA
- Mt Hutt in New Zealand
- Minakami, Honshu, Hakuba, Sahoro or Nagano in Japan
- Verbier in Switzerland
Get paid to ski or snowboard for your gap year.
EA Ski & Snowboard brings you the ultimate full season ski or snowboard course. Partnering with the world's top ski resorts their Internship Programs provide instructor training, certification and a guaranteed ski or snowboard job offer. You can step straight into a ski school, earn money, and start living the dream!
What is an Instructor Internship Program?
Fast becoming the most popular Winter season GAP, Career Break and Industry starting point in the World...An Instructor Internship is your chance to not only become a certified instructor but also start teaching at a top resort by Christmas and be earning some $$!
: Simon Knowlton
: +44(0)23 8020 6977
Snow Academy offer top quality ski and snowboard instructor courses in Whistler Canada from 4 - 11 weeks in duration.
Snow Academy have been offering instructor courses since 1997. Now specialising in courses in Whistler not only for the reliably great snow conditions but also the quality tuition and excellent pass rates on our courses. We also offer guaranteed best prices.
Start your journey to the job of a lifetime and train with the best to be the best in Whistler Canada, the worlds #1 resort.
ALTITUDE FUTURES INSTRUCTOR COURSES
: Laura Turner, Sales Manager
: 10 Week Course
Tel.UK: +44(0)7539 07 11 66
Tel.CH: +41(0)7953 05 224
Altitude is a young and dynamic ski and snowboard school offering 10 week gap courses for those wishing to train as a ski or snowboard instructor. Our highly acclaimed 10 week courses include training from top qualified coaches towards your BASI level 1 and 2 qualification. On successful completion of the course, you will have gained a qualification which allows you to teach in many countries around the world including Switzerland, Austria, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more. The course focuses primarily on your personal performance and your teaching skills. It is also possible to learn a second discipline, a new language and of course the names of the bar staff! This course include over 200 hours of on snow coaching, discounts on equipment, season lift passes, clothing and jackets, transfers, high pass rates and work opportunities after the course.
: Volunteer and Travel Abroad
: +91 7727011822
124 Goverdhan colony
New Sanganer Road
Experience authentic culture by developing yourself and making new friends during travel across Thailand, India, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Travel on fully packaged, safe, affordable, easy to organise trips with lots of activities and adventures along with young people from all over the world.
We are a new and dynamic travel company focused on volunteer abroad as well as creating exciting experience for young people all over the world. Having grown from an ordinary tourist company to giving our tourists more than carriage privileges, we are set to diversify into a more rewarding venture that is tourists-centred in terms of productive volunteering projects.Have you been dreaming of an opportunity to explore the world for positive result without success? Have you been longing to have this unexplainable sense of helping others? Have you been longing for a lasting and a memorable travel experience where your impact will not only be felt but where you can have a sense of fulfilment? The answer is IDEX!
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ
: Dan Radcliffe, Executive Director
: +64 6 758 7949 (International)
1-877-342-6588 ( USA/Canada Call Free)
0-808-234-1621 ( UK Call Free)
1-800-557-380 ( Australia Call Free)
62 Gill Street
New Zealand 4310
IVHQ is the volunteer travel provider of choice for thousands of UK students looking to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 6 months. We have volunteer programs in 30+ different countries with a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including Teaching, Medical, Childcare, Conservation, Sports Development, Agriculture and Construction.
Learn more about IVHQ's affordable volunteer programs and apply here: www.volunteerhq.org
VOLUNTEER 4 AFRICA
: Stephen Knight
PO Box 6945
Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people volunteer for free or at reasonable cost in Africa. As well as being an easy-to-use resource for anyone interested in volunteering in Africa, we encourage philanthropic travel by providing the wish lists of voluntary organizations and charities. In essence, we are a one-stop shop for volunteers and responsible travellers interested in making a difference to Africa's animals, its people, and the environment.
VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA
: Stephen Knight
: +44 (0)20 7193 9163
PO Box 6945
Volunteer Latin America is an online platform that connects voluntary organisations and projects with a global audience of volunteers. We specialise in connecting volunteers to free and low-cost volunteer work abroad. We are also a useful resource for anyone interested in learning Spanish in Central or South America.