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 make a difference in the world or gain work experience

With Projects Abroad, you can have a gap year abroad where you fulfill your potential while exploring the world. We offer a wide range of options, so we can match a lot of your gap year ideas. Interested in a gap year spent volunteering with animals? Eager to use your gap year to add work experience to your CV? Whatever you need for your gap year, we can help make it a reality!  

This is what you can expect from our gap year projects: 

  • Work on long-term, sustainable solutions to specific problems and make a real impact
  • Add real-life experience to your CV
  • Get first-hand insight into global challenges facing people today
  • Work closely with local community members and organisations
  • Become more independent

Planning gap years is our speciality, and we offer a hassle-free and completely flexible experience for gap year travel. You can choose:

  • What kind of work you want to do
  • Which country you want to go to
  • How long you want to travel, and your own start dates  

You can customise your gap year abroad by combining Flexi Trips in different countries, or join our pre-arranged and all-inclusive Global Gap Project.  

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 2020. These ideas are also perfect if you want to know more about what to do in a gap year before university!

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Elephant family roaming through the wilderness of Botswana in Africa
Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,795
Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,645
A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.
Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From £1,795
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Gap Year Ideas: What can I do?

When it comes to your gap year abroad, we can help you find a project that will help you accomplish what you want to do for your year off. 

Here are the trips you can choose from if you want to spend your gap year volunteering abroad: 

  • Flexi Trips give you the space to be independent, while still having the support of our staff whenever you need it
  • Team Trips give you the chance to work with a group of people to achieve a specific goal in a shorter period of time
  • Global Gap offers a longer-term, fully planned gap year experience, where you visit and work in five different countries for 27 weeks

Our Global Gap Project is ideal for anyone taking a gap year before university. If you’re 18 years old and looking for gap year ideas, we encourage you to check it out! 

Under 18? You may be interested in our High School Special Projects, which are designed specifically for young students and first-time travellers. 

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.

These programmes are similar to our volunteer projects, in that you can choose from Flexi Trips, Team Trips, High School Specials, etc. 

Read a full list of our internships abroad.

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

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.

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