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Backpackers’ Guide to Taiwan

Taiwan has a reputation for cultural diversity and beautiful scenery, and should be high on any itinerary for a gap year in Asia. Here is a guide.

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Tanzania Whale Sharks & Turtles

Come and swim in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Tanzania and see the spectacular wildlife it holds while working towards conserving their incredible habitat.

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Awesome experiences around the world

Check out our hottest picks right now, from volunteering projects to jobs abroad to epic adventure tours. If you can’t see anything below that suits, just use the search bar below – you can filter by location and things to do. And don’t think your gap year has to be limited to one experience – the best trips include a variety!

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Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

from £1145

14 days

Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the elusive and endangered Jaguar.

Teaching in Zanzibar

from £939

14 - 84 days

Located in a village right on the coast of Zanzibar, this project gives you the chance to assist with teaching,...

Felucca Odyssey

from £192

9 days

A tour full of history, tradition and the best of the Nile on Felucca! Uncover the jewels of the Nile...

Adventure Guide Internship – New Zealand

from £5000

90 days

Enjoy a 3 month activity-based tour, gain globally recognised guiding qualifications and land an adventure tourism job based in Queenstown,...

Conservation Work in Australia

from £815

14 - 84 days

Contribute to valuable conservation initiatives by taking part in a project with a purpose. Help protect some of Australia's most...

Volunteer Expeditions in Borneo

from £2350

30 days

Beautiful Borneo is one of earth’s last true wildernesses. Over 100,000 species of plants and animals live within its lush...

170-Hour Online TEFL Course and Lifetime Job Search Guidance

from £1050

77 days

Train online to teach English abroad and we'll help you find a new role abroad!

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

from £739

7 - 84 days

Volunteer and enjoy a real hands-on experience as you help to rehabilitate over 400 rescued animals at this beautiful sanctuary...

Au Pair/Homestay Tutor Adventure in China

from £500

90 - 365 days

Seeking 18-30 yr olds to tutor English to Chinese kids. Live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin & experience a...

Great White Shark Project

from £795

14 - 84 days

Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators.

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Russia Highlights

from £954

Russian Federation

Taste mystery and intrigue on a revealing tour of Russia - a land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain...

The Great South American Journey–Quito to Rio Adventure

from £4787

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, ...

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers...

Coast to Coast Camping Westbound

from £1639

United States

Yellowstone, the Badlands, and Niagara Falls – once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by...

Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

from £2595

Jordan

Delve into Israel and Jordan, holy lands rich with history and an oasis of delight and intrigue in the desert....

Local Living Italy—Amalfi Coast Winter

from £849

Italy

Get ready to live like a local on this off-season trip to the hilltop towns and vineyards of the Amalfi...

Grand Canadian Rockies

from £2375

Canada

Canada’s Rocky Mountains provides a stunning landscape of craggy, towering rock-faces, snow-capped mountains, thick forests and iridescent lakes. Wander the...

Mai Chau Adventure

from £275

Escape the beeping horns and bustling bikes of Hanoi by venturing out into the serene Mai Chau region. Make the...

Discover Sabah

from £930

Malaysia

You and Borneo meet in Kota Kinabalu – we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Orangutans!...

Coast to Coast

from £2519

An unmissable treat for music lovers and sightseers alike, the Coast to Coast adventure brings the best of the U.S...

Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

from £2375

Mongolia

The ancient Greeks may have the Olympics but the Mongols have Naadam. Mongolia’s annual circus-like Naadam Festival is a centuries-old...

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