Two ways to travel on your gap year
We like to keep things simple. That’s why we have two options to help you have the gap year of a lifetime: travel in style on a Gap Adventure, or go your own way with a Custom Gap Year.
Our Gap Adventures are carefully-curated by our gap year experts. We use our 28 years of experience to craft the ultimate gap year adventures in our most popular destinations. Put simply, you’ll get to experience the greatest hits - everything that should be on your bucket list, plus a whole lot more.
If this sounds like what you’re after, then choose from the following Gap Adventures:
Gap Year Internships Abroad
If you want to work abroad for your gap year, we offer various internships where you can get professional, real-world experience and focus on career development. Choose from gap year internships in areas like Medicine, Law, and Business, and work alongside experts in the field.
You can read a full list of our internships abroad here for some inspiration. As with any gap year, we can work with you to create a customised internship so that you get the exact work experience you need. Contact us to discuss building your perfect gap year internship abroad.
Planning a Gap Year
Planning a gap year doesn’t need to be stressful! We take a hassle-free approach to our trips, so we’re here to help you take care of all the details. We also offer a flight booking service to make your travels even easier.
Many of our staff members have taken gap years themselves, and they’ll be able to help you plan a trip that matches your interests and goals. Speak to a Project Expert today to learn more about our gap year volunteer programmes abroad, and read our blog about the five steps to planning your gap year.
Reasons to Take a Gap Year
There are numerous reasons to take a gap year, along with a heap of benefits!
Our gap year opportunities abroad offer you the chance to:
- Grow personally and professionally
- Work with diverse groups of people from around the world
- Add unique and relevant work experience to your CV
- Develop essential soft skills, like communication and planning
- Build strong friendships with other volunteers and interns
You can take the experience you gain from your gap year abroad, and apply it to your studies and future career. It will also help you stand out from the crowd in applications and interviews!
Will I be safe on my gap year abroad?
At Projects Abroad, your safety is our primary concern. We won’t send you to a country that’s politically unstable or considered unsafe. In addition, we have dedicated staff in-country who are there to support you 24/7.
When you arrive in a country to kick-off your gap year abroad, we’ll have staff there to meet you at the airport. We’ll also make sure you get to the airport safely when you fly home or to your next destination. On your first day, you’ll receive a full briefing. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about where you’re living and the work you’ll do.
As an added measure of safety, all of our placements are fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Gap Year Volunteering Abroad for Free
We often get asked if we offer free volunteering abroad for gap years. The short answer is no. There are several reasons why we ask all our participants to pay a fee for volunteering abroad. Read more about why our gap year projects have a programme fee.
Don't forget that most people organise their gap year a long time in advance. If you're still planning a future trip, you can make use of our fundraising advice to help make your gap year more affordable.
You can also pay for any Projects Abroad trip gradually over time in instalments. For example, you only need a deposit of £195 when you apply to join us.