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Sri Lanka – Caring for Children

Volunteer in one of our care projects in a community centre or care home for disabled children. Typical jobs involve helping with homework, playing sport, providing one-to-one reading sessions or assisting with their physical rehabilitation.

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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.

Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1750

37 days

Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the Amazon rainforest at first-hand in a jungle lodge, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stay overnight with...

International Business Internship In Singapore

from £1225

60 days

Singapore

Singapore is the ideal destination for students and young professionals to pursue an international business internship.

Backpacking Tour of Thailand and Laos

from £576

12 days

Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Maximize your time in South East Asia on our 12-day tour of Thailand and Laos. The local and western guides...

Volunteer with African Elephants

from £1415

21 - 84 days

South Africa

Hands-on volunteering with these gentle giants - get to know the elephants as you feed them and monitor their behaviour....

Health & Medical Internships in Costa Rica

from £1035

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

A Tuk Tuk Adventure in Thailand

from £1295

11 days

Thailand

Join us on the Ultimate Tuk Tuk Adventure in Thailand - mountains, trekking, hill tribes and much much more!

Volunteer with Sharks

from £999

7 - 90 days

South Africa

Join marine biologists working closely with sharks, going cage diving with them and conducting valuable research into their behaviour. All...

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation

from £795

7 - 180 days

Madagascar

Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar's exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of...

Law & Human Rights Internships in Cape Town

from £790

21 - 168 days

South Africa

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

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Explore Cambodia & Vietnam

from £1950

Be charmed by Cambodia and Vietnam on this 17-day adventure from picturesque Phnom Penh to alluring Hanoi. Stroll along sunny...

Uzbekistan Discovered

From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road...

Indochina In-Depth

from £2071

If you think it’s impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, well, we’d like to prove you wrong....

Grand Kiwi

from £2339

Food? Good. Wine? Excellent. Scenery? Blow-your-mind beautiful. And the activities we’ve got lined up? Well just take your pick, mix...

Sailing Sri Lanka – South Coast

from £1099

Discover the culture and wild, natural beauty of Sri Lanka, with a perfect mix of chill-out time and exploration. Sail...

Nepal & India Overland

from £6334

Journey Overland through the amazing lands of Nepal and India, taking in the colourful cultures, impressive icons and stunning sights...

Machu Picchu by Train Independent Adventure

from £539

They say the journey is part of the experience of seeing Machu Picchu in person – but no one said...

Turkey Multisport

from £759

A bridge between continents and cultures, Turkey has always been a meeting place for travellers eager to exchange just about...

South American Highlights

from £4625

There’s times when it’s appropriate to dip a toe in, and there’s times when it’s best to simply dive in...

The Ecuador Experience

from £799

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to...

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