Are you longing for a fun-filled gap year but want to make it worth your while by learning something new while you are away? Do you fancy adding some sizzle to your CV or learning a brand new skill? There are so many opportunities worldwide to experience new things or develop your skills and knowledge. If you want to test your physical limits you can learn to dive or surf, try adventure trekking or learn martial arts. Stretch your brain by learning a new language, sign up for a unique internship abroad, volunteer, try teaching abroad or get paid work and see the world at the same time!
Travelling is all about expanding your mind, broadening your horizons and testing yourself with new challenges. Whether you intend it to or not, travel equals self development, whether it means learning a new skill, getting your head round the local language, gaining paid work experience for your CV or learning about conservation or wildlife abroad. Learn, develop and fall in love with travel as you set off to explore the world!
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Take off on your gap travels and learn something new! Maybe you've always dreamed of learning to surf in Australia? Do it! Want to learn to scuba dive in Thailand? Sure! Want to learn a martial art in Asia? No problem!
Central or South America is the best region in which to learn to speak Spanish, and we offer a wide range of programmes where you can learn some serious Spanish skills in amazing locations. Learn to speak Spanish in Costa Rica and explore this gorgeous, compact country or learn Spanish in Peru and see the awe-inspiring Andes at the same time!
Finding paid work abroad is another way you can add to your skill set and learn and develop as you explore the world. Whether you want a hospitality job in Australia, fancy signing up for paid teaching abroad or dream of becoming an Au Pair in the USA, the perfect paid job is waiting for you somewhere in the world!
An internship is the ideal way of learning new skills abroad. Choose from diverse internship opportunities, such as professional internships, medical internships or even unique wilderness internships in Canada - amazing!
Becoming a volunteer abroad is another way to ensure you learn and develop on your gap trip. Work with kids and make a difference abroad, volunteer with wildlife, get involved with vital conservation work, help communities around the world or show off your sporting skills as a sports coach abroad.
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
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!
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.
Share your footy skills and coach kids!
Spend 5 – 12 weeks as a football coach in beautiful South Africa and teach kids how to play the beautiful game! Pass on your skills, inspire kids and make a difference on this fantastic volunteer programme.
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.
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
Wild adventures in stunning 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
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!
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.