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Panoramic Peru

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this trip has it all!

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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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Summer Teaching Programme in China

from £350

14 - 49 days

China

Positions in Haining, Huzhou and Xuzhou, for 2 or 7 weeks, open to all students, no degree required.

Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation

from £695

7 - 180 days

Costa Rica

Carry out groundbreaking survey work in Costa Rica's remote habitats and help combat the effects of Global Warming as you...

Marketing & Communications Internships in Cape Town

from £920

28 - 168 days

South Africa

Cape Town is a fantastic destination for an international internship - a vibrant and bustling city with diverse business and...

Autumn Ski Instructor Course Zermatt

from £5520

56 days

Switzerland

On the highest glacier in Europe and with a team of professional ski coaches. All there to best prepare you...

In-Class TEFL Course in Chiapas

from £1200

20 days

Mexico

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Chiapas and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

6 Weeks in Italy You’ll Never Forget

from £9870

42 days

Italy

Travel Italy with new friends; study the greatest works of art & architecture in Europe; discuss history, theology, politics &...

Elephant Protection Volunteering

from £269

7 - 56 days

Thailand

Take part in this amazing opportunity that seeks to promote sustainable elephant-based tourism, benefiting the local community and the elephants,...

Teaching in Zanzibar

from £939

14 - 84 days

Tanzania

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

Travel Cambodia & Vietnam

from £1078

24 - 360 days

Cambodia, Vietnam

Go 'Stray' in Cambodia and Vietnam and look forward to an exciting adventure through old world cities, UNESCO temples, ethnic...

Madagascar Teaching Placement

from £895

28 - 70 days

Madagascar

Teach in a local school in one of the most extraordinary destinations on Earth. Provide vital basic skills, environmental education...

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Kimberley Trail Broome to Darwin (Basix)

from £2295

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Broome to Darwin. Uncover some of the country’s most...

Uluru Adventure – Basix (French speaking Guide)

from £455

This 3 Day Uluru (Ayres Rock) Adventure is the perfect short trip for those wanting to experience icons of the...

Best of Chile

from £1377

Introducing Intrepid’s first Chile-only adventure. Awash with phenomenal landscapes, this destination stands every bit as tall as its photogenic neighbours...

Northern Italy Family Holiday

from £1430

A place of love, history and exquisite flavours, the northern part of the former Roman Empire is a cultural heartland...

Italy to Croatia Highlights

Spend an unforgettable 14 days among some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes anywhere. Begin in Italy with loads...

La Paz to Santiago

from £1685

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile on an unforgettable adventure through the soaring Andes. Meet friendly...

Best of Greece

from £2275

Welcome to Greece – a land of crumbling ruins and crumbling feta, the sun-bleached cradle of modern civilization. A lot...

Rome to Southern Italy

from £2470

This Italian adventure takes in some of the most stunning and ancient sites in history. Explore the bustling streets of...

Antarctica Classic

from £3899

The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world...

Ireland Explorer

from £1810

For anyone looking to dive into the landscapes and lore of Ireland – all of it – this 13-day introduction...

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