Global Gap Year: Overview
Global Gap Year is an innovative 27-week volunteer programme for gap year students who want a far-ranging international experience that spans three continents, five countries, and twelve different volunteer opportunities. By offering immersion opportunities in local communities around the globe, Global Gap offers a unique way to explore new places, learn about important global issues and help out on worthwhile volunteer projects.
The Global Gap programme is designed for gap year students taking a year off before going into higher education. The programme consists of a two week orientation and Care programme in Ghana, followed by one-to-two month programmes in each of South Africa, Peru, Nepal and Thailand.
In each of these countries, volunteers will work closely with our local staff members on projects that lend insight into important issues in developing countries like housing, education, environmental conservation and human rights.
The Global Gap programme is tailored for a maximum of 15 volunteers and minimum of 5. The agenda is:
- 24th September 2017 – 30th September 2017 (1 week): Orientation in Accra, Ghana
- 1st October 2017 – 21st October 2017 (3 weeks): Care in Akuapem Hills, Ghana
- 22nd October 2017 – 4th November 2017 (2 weeks): Building in Cape Town, South Africa
- 5th November 2017 – 9th December 2017 (5 weeks): Choice of Project in Cape Town, South Africa
- 10th December 2017 – 13th January 2018 (5 weeks): Winter Break
- 14th January 2018 – 10th March 2018 (8 weeks): Teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
- 11th March 2018 – 7th April 2018 (4 weeks): Choice of Project in Kathmandu, Nepal
- 8th April 2018 – 5th May 2018 (4 weeks): Diving & Marine Conservation in Ao Nang, Thailand
The Global Gap all-inclusive programme fee is £16,995. This price includes all food and accomodation, medical and travel insurance, airport transfers in each destination, as well as 24-hour support from our staff. Unlike other Projects Abroad programmes, this programme fee includes all required plane tickets from the UK, including round-trip tickets home for the winter break. This programme fee also includes various sightseeing tours and activities in each destination.
CHOOSE A GLOBAL GAP YEAR STAGE:
Orientation and Care Work
All Global Gap participants meet in Accra, Ghana for a one week orientation. They then spend an additional week in Akuapem Hills, North of Accra, working on a Care placement.
Building & Choice of Project
South Africa is a unique environment in which to spend time volunteering and is a thriving and lively destination. Projects Abroad is based in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, close to the southern tip of the African continent.
Peru is a fascinating and beautiful country with an extensive Pacific coastline, a vast area of Amazon rainforest and the magnificent Andes. Peru provides an opportunity for volunteers to experience much of what South America offers within just one country.
Choice of Project
Nepal is a small yet stunning land of snow-capped mountains, majestic Buddhist temples, and the ancient capital city of Kathmandu. Although Nepal is known for the Himalayas and Mount Everest, it is actually one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet.
Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia. It's a beautiful country with pristine beaches, exotic food and golden temples. However, anyone doing international volunteer work in Thailand will go beyond the country that tourists see and discover an incredibly friendly people with a unique culture.