A gap year volunteer abroad teaches a child the alphabet in Thailand as part of her Childcare Project.

Gap Year Opportunities Abroad

Use your gap year abroad to explore new countries, meet new friends, and make a real impact

With Projects Abroad, you can have a gap year abroad where you reach your potential and explore the world.  You’ll socialise and work alongside other international volunteers on their gap year.

Together, you’ll learn new skills, have unforgettable adventures, and support communities in need.

Planning gap years is our speciality, and we offer hassle-free and completely flexible options for gap year travel.  Our projects are perfect if you:

  • Want to explore a career you’re interested in, like medicine or law, and need to add relevant work experience to your CV.
  • Have deferred your university acceptance, or don’t feel you're ready for university just yet.
  • Simply have a burning desire to explore the world and want to get out there and meet new people.

Whatever your motivation, we’ll be there to help you find what you’re looking for.

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 Semester, or go your own way with a Custom Gap Year.

Going Beyond: Gap Semesters

Our Gap Semesters 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 Semesters:

Ghana, 19th September - 30th October, 2021 (6 Weeks)

Registration open; apply soon to secure your spot with only a £195 deposit

Peru & The Galapagos Islands, 19th September - 27th November, 2021 (10 Weeks)

Registration open; apply soon to secure your spot with only a £195 deposit

East Africa, 31st October - 11th December, 2021 (6 Weeks)

Registration open; apply soon to secure your spot with only a £195 deposit

Custom Gap Years

Maybe you want to do something a little bit different?  Maybe you’re after a truly unique experience - something no one else has done before?  Maybe you just have a packed schedule and need something that fits in perfectly with your other plans? Either way, our Custom Gap Years have you covered.

With a Custom Gap Year, our Gap Year Experts will help you design your own perfect gap year experience. You can mix and match, combining projects and destinations, and even choose your exact start and end dates.  With our flexible pricing and combination discounts, you might even find that creating your own perfect trip is cheaper than you thought.

If you want a bespoke gap year that’s just right for you, call us on 01273 007230 or contact us here. We’ll share all of our knowledge, tips and tricks, to plan the gap year trip of your dreams.

Diving on a gap year

Gap Year Ideas: What can I do?

When it comes to your gap year abroad, we can help you find a project to make the most of your year off. 

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, here are some of our most popular gap year options:

You can see all of our different volunteer abroad projects here.  If you like the look of these options but want to build an itinerary that’s just right for you, contact us. We’ll help you build one of our industry-leading Custom Gap Years.

Interested in learning more about things to do on a gap year? Read our popular blog where we talk about the top five things to do on your gap year in 2021. These ideas are also perfect if you want to know more about what to do in a gap year before university!

Students volunteering with Projects Abroad for their gap year help plant mangroves in Fiji, South Pacific.

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! 

Read more about the benefits of volunteer abroad programmes to see how your gap year can help you.

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.

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