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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.

International Hospitality Internship In Hong Kong

from £1475

30 days

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is by many considered the must-visit destination in all of Asia, which makes this an ideal spot to...

International Engineering Internship In Thailand

from £685

60 days

Thailand

Thailand is one of the up and coming engineering hubs of not only the Southeast Asia region but the entire...

Wildlife Expedition in South Africa

from £1345

14 days

South Africa

Travel to a private Big Five game reserve in South Africa and volunteer alongside an international team assisting in vital...

International Hospitality Internship In Korea

from £1125

60 days

South Korea

South Korea is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for international tourists to visit.

Get Paid to Ski or Snowboard in New Zealand

from £4579

120 - 150 days

New Zealand

We offer the ultimate ski and snowboard instructor courses. Working with the world’s top ski resorts the program provides full...

Teach English in Madrid, Spain

from £1

240 - 270 days

Spain

Apply for our inspiring and rewarding opportunities to teach English in Spain. Get paid, teach, and live in Madrid (Spain)....

Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

from £995

14 - 84 days

Namibia

Join an award winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants.

Travel Laos & Cambodia

from £1

27 - 365 days

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Travel in a loop, with Bangkok as the start and finish point on this comprehensive trip around northern Thailand, Laos...

Panoramic Peru

from £1335

11 days

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

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Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger

from £80

Don your pith helmet and khakis, explorers – it’s adventure time. This once-in-a-lifetime safari from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania...

Ecuador Multisport

from £654

Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike near Cotopaxi (an...

East Africa Overland

from £2474

From the incomparable wildlife of Uganda to the source of the Nile and onto the sunny beaches of Zanzibar, journey...

Jordan: Women’s Expedition

from £1260

What’s life really like for women in the Middle East? You know what a hijab is, a burqa is, a...

Experience Borneo

from £1699

For the adventurer who wants to see as much of Sabah as possible (and in two weeks, no less!) but...

Sailing Thailand – Koh Phi Phi to Phuket

from £447

The perfect add-on to any Thailand adventure, this four-day sailing trip allows you to escape the crowds, tucking into hidden...

European Emperor

from £1889

The Roman Empire spread from its centre in Rome to conquer large swathes of the known world. Parts of France,...

Ultimate USA

from £5350

Join us on the quintessential Great American Road Trip from West to East (and back West), crossing from San Fran...

Azerbaijan & Georgia Experience

from £2420

Visit two countries that have taken a big leap into the 21st century, where historical old towns and monasteries sit...

Iran Real Food Adventure

from £1950

Iran’s charm begins with its stunning environment – snow-capped mountains, rolling deserts, ancient cities and crowded bazaars all add to...

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