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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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Featured Experiences

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.

Gap Year and Summer Programs in South Africa

from £400

14 - 119 days

Volunteering in South Africa you will see there is a passionate desire for education – in the classroom, on the...

Watersport’s Instructor Training Greece

from £290

14 - 84 days

Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing and Scuba Diving Instructor training courses

Waterfront Jobs at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

Work on the waterfront at one of over 500 summer camps in America with children of all ages. Gain over...

Youth Development & Education Internships in Peru

from £395

14 - 168 days

Based in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, affordable internships in Cusco offer something for everyone!

Business Internships in Bangkok

from £2000

30 - 180 days

Learn about business in one of Asia's most important economies, Bangkok. Launch your career while discovering what an international internship...

Volunteer Expeditions in Central America

from £2350

35 days

#MakeItHappen in Nicaragua & Costa Rica for 5, 7 or 10 weeks with Raleigh International.

Costa Rica Marine Adventure with Gapforce

from £2400

28 days

Incredible landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife and an exciting culture are only a small part of what will make...

Tanzania Teaching Aid & Beaches

from £395

7 - 14 days

Your teaching aid assignment will integrate you into your host community. You'll help teach students basic English and other subjects...

Sziget Festival

from £469

4 - 4 days

You’ll find yourself pogoing to Hungarian Gypsy-folk jazz, crowd surfing in a metal mosh pit, and jiving to chart smashing-summer...

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Discover Brazil, Argentina & Chile

from £4049

Argentina, Brazil, Chile

Experience the vibrant cultures of the bottom half of South America on a 17-day adventure to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil....

Classic Spain and Portugal

from £3395

Spain

Tour Spain and Portugal's pin-up attractions on this classic adventure. Soak up art and history in Madrid, be staggered by...

Coast, Lesotho & Cape Town

from £715

From the warm tropical waters of Durban, this journey through South Africa’s mountainous Drakensberg region and along the picturesque Garden...

Island Suntanner

from £1399

Australia

Surf, sail and island hop your way along the East Coast. Leave all things urban behind to visit beautiful beaches,...

Explore Vietnam

from £480

Get a taste of adventure in Vietnam. Travel from French-influenced Hanoi to heaving Ho Chi Minh City on a journey...

Yosemite Active Adventure

United States

California is no stranger to flashbulbs, but some of her incredible sights just can’t be framed by a photograph. On...

Pasta and Peaks

from £1039

Feast on pasta and roll through Europe’s handsome peaks on this incredible adventure. From oodles of pizza in Rome to...

Baltic Experience

from £1540

Lithuania

Experience the diverse delights of the Baltic states on this adventurous journey through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany....

Best of Malaysia

from £1185

Malaysia

Travel to South-East Asia and experience the very best of Malaysia. Since its emergence from colonial rule, Malaysia has developed...

Espresso Italia

from £1052

Enjoy the best of what Italy has to offer as we make our way from the ancient wonders of Rome...

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