Embarking on an educational gap year experience will encourage personal development in preparation for achieving further educational goals or readying yourself for a future career. This particular gap year option is highly promoted by travel suppliers, schools and governments, as it combines travel - a powerful agent of social change and possibly the most influential form of education - with a course of learning and self development.
Engaging in an educational gap year experience could lead to faster acceleration into the job market and further progression within employment. If anything, an educational gap year is certainly one way to bump up those UCAS points! With university fees on the rise, seeking other available opportunities to build on your educational career is practically essential in today's academic environment.
What better way is there to gain valuable life expertise, and learn new skills in exciting subjects than through participating in gap year travel? An educational gap year offers an amazing life experience, enabling you to accumulate knowledge whilst learning from your surroundings and ultimately enhancing your CV.
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A great skill to gain on an educational gap year is learning a new language. You could become truly cosmopolitan by learning to speak Spanish on your gap year. Spanish is a widely-used and beautiful language and you'll have great fun and make new friends getting your tongue round the soft sounds of the sultry Spanish language. Most of the destinations in Central and South America offer great opportunites to learn to speak Spanish and many of the gap year programs also give you the opportunity to combine volunteering and learning Spanish. Having more than one language is an incredible asset to have on any CV and is also a fun and challenging way to spend any gap year.
It's not all about the mental skills you can bring to the table; an educational gap year can also be about stretching yourself and testing your limits by learning a new physical skill. Show off your physical prowess with a magical martial arts experience trying your hand at the ancient art of Muay Thai boxing. If you fancy some water-based fun on your gap year, why not become an aquatic adventurer by learning to dive and gaining your PADI divemaster qualifications? It's your ticket to dive instructor status and you get to explore an exciting underwater paradise into the bargain! Want to channel your inner Aussie beach bum? Learn to surf in Australia and you'll soon be riding on the crest of a wave!
There are a whole variety of educational gap years to choose from covering a range of different skills that will allow you to compete both socially and academically. Whether you're keen to pick up a new interest or talent, or simply want to contribute towards existing qualifications and experiences, there really is no better way to learn than by immersing yourself in the culture of exciting destinations and submerging yourself in your chosen topic. Whatever it is you decide to do, an educational gap year will give you an edge when applying for jobs and universities and single you out from other applicants. An educational gap year will provide you with invaluable life experience and is a brilliant way to gain additional skills. It's also a great way to boost your confidence, give you independence and strengthen your CV and personal statement. So become a learning legend on your gap year and have a full-on educational adventure!
15 days from £899899
Wonderful wildlife adventures in South Africa!
Our 15-day epic South African volunteering and safari adventure! Combines wildlife conservation, community volunteering, stunning safaris, camping in Kruger National Park, adventure activities and exciting excursions. It’s the ultimate African experience!
12 months from £449449
Earn $10,000 a year, free flights, accommodation & meals included!
Work as an Au Pair in the USA for a year. Earn over USD10,000 and gain amazing childcare experience abroad. Flights, accommodation, meals and insurance included, plus a 3-night orientation in New York!
Up to 12 months from £1,5491549
Get a guaranteed paid ranch job in Oz
Aged 18-30 and looking for paid ranch work in Australia? This 9-day package includes 4 days relaxing in the beautiful beach resort of Noosa, 5 days ranch training and a guaranteed paid ranch job in the Oz outback, with wages typically £8.50 to £15 an hour!
Up to 12 months from £549549
Fun week and job support in Melbourne!
Jet Down Under and discover the magic of Melbourne in Southern Australia. Enjoy a week of awesome intro activities and then get set up with everything you need for life, work and travel in Oz.
39 days or longer from £1,959 £2,0091959
Enjoy two of our unique Asian adventure tours in one epic trip!
Explore Thailand and Cambodia in one amazing Asian trip. Experience 25 days in Thailand and 10 days in Cambodia, including hill treks, elephant experiences, Angkor Wat, beach & party time!
Up to 12 months from £429429
Have fun & make friends on a New Zealand working holiday!
Combine travel and paid work in awesome New Zealand with this 2 or 7-night comprehensive working holiday package. Experience the wonders of this incredible country whilst earning typical New Zealand wages of between £7 and £11 an hour and making friends!
Up to 12 months from £1,3391339
Find paid work, earn, travel and explore New Zealand!
Work and travel in New Zealand! This paid work and travel package includes a week of fun in Auckland & the Bay of Islands, 12 months of job support and a brilliant, flexible bus pass! Expect to earn between £7 and £11 an hour, and then spend that well-earned cash on the road!
2-12 weeks from £479479
Hands-on rehab project with cheeky primates!
Join monkey rehab for 2 - 8 weeks, & have a swinging sanctuary time helping to support and return apes, monkeys & other animals to the wild.
5-9 days from £449449
Master surfing on this fun course
Spend 6 or 8 nights on a surf camp spectacular between Sydney and Byron Bay. Hang ten and learn to surf and ride the waves from some of Australia's most stunning beaches - brilliant!
2 - 4 weeks from £949949
Head to the edge of the Amazon and help care for wildlife!
Calling all animal lovers in search of an Amazonian adventure! Help care for wildlife at a rescue centre in the amazing Amazon jungle in Ecuador.