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!
2-12 weeks from £459459
Rewarding teaching at local primary schools
Nurture young minds and develop the brains of Tanzania's tomorrow in nursery and primary schools! Get great teaching experience, make a real difference in the community, and see a unique side of African life.
2 weeks or longer from £1,2191219
Amazing wildlife or conservation volunteering in Canada!
A unique and amazing opportunity to become an unpaid environmental volunteer in rural Canada! Help at wildlife protection or environmental conservation projects with charitable or non-profit organisations and discover the great Canadian outdoors!
2 or 4 weeks from £849849
Live in the heart of Old Havana, learn Spanish, dance & see Cuba!
Spend 2 or 4 weeks in cool Cuba. Stay in Old Havana, learn to speak Spanish and enjoy awesome cultural activities and excursions in this colourful country!
3-8 weeks from £719719
Look after disabled children in beautiful Kerala!
Become a valued volunteer on this challenging but rewarding project looking after disabled children in beautiful Kerala, India.
23 days from £2,3892389
23 days of volunteering, fun & adventure!
Experience Tanzania on this Volunteer & Adventure trip! Combine two and a half weeks volunteering with kids at schools or orphanages in Arusha and an amazing 10-day overland tour in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
20 or 21 days from £1,0291029
Volunteering and road trip in stunning South Africa
A full-on, hands-on experience in South Africa! Combine community volunteering in Cape Town with the ultimate South African road trip. See stunning scenery and wildlife along the way and try some awesome adrenaline activities!
8 or 10 weeks from £2,4792479
Experience the best of South Africa
Go wild in South Africa on this incredible 360 combo trip, including an African wild adventure, a breathtaking road trip, community volunteering in Cape Town and wonderful wildlife sanctuary projects!
Up to 24 months from £369369
Work, live, travel Canada!
Experience the best of Canada as you work and wander around the country for up to two years on an epic travel adventure!
2-6 weeks from £629629
Help Buddhist monks learn English!
Head over to Sri Lanka and help Buddhist monks of all ages to improve their English! Discover Buddhist culture and make a difference on this fantastic cultural volunteer experience.
6-8 weeks from £2,2892289
Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican Culture
Learn Spanish is Costa Rica, live with locals in a homestay and volunteer with kids, communities or wildlife conservation projects in this stunning Central American country.