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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.

7 Days Southern Voyager

from £639

7 days

New Zealand

Slalom through the South Island on a 7-day tour like never before. 7 days in our luxury vehicle soaking up...

Venice Pre-University Course

from £9980

49 - 63 days

Italy, United Kingdom

This is a 2 month arts based gap year course in London, Venice, Florence and Rome which opens eyes, ears...

Marine Conservation in Thailand

from £795

7 - 84 days

Thailand

Contribute to marine conservation initiatives whilst living on a tropical island. Make a difference to conservation efforts, whilst learning -...

Climbing and Outdoor Jobs at Camp

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Become a climbing, ropes, or outdoor instructor at one of over 500 summer camps in America with children of all...

Rock Patrol

from £530

6 days

Australia

Spend four nights camping under the Australian night sky in 'swags' and one night underground in the Opal capital of...

Combined TEFL Course Bangkok

from £1080

10 days

Thailand

Join our 10-day combined TEFL course in Bangkok and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

San Sebastian Surf Camp

from £60

1 days

France, Spain

Our little slice of paradise, our flagship destination. It's a perfect blend of beautiful landscape (mountains and beaches baby), the...

Flinders Outback Explorer

from £310

4 days

Australia

Trek and mountain bike over 40 kilometres in 4 days! View sacred aboriginal rock art and enjoy the jaw dropping...

Nutrition Internships in Peru

from £975

56 - 168 days

Peru

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

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Marrakech to Barcelona

from £1775

Travel through Morocco and Spain. From the splendidly chaotic medina of Marrakech, through the ancient city of Seville, to the...

Cycle Cuba

from £790

See Cuba from two wheels as you cycle around this laidback Caribbean island. Travel the colourful streets of Havana, along...

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

from £2664

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Experience the best that...

Tropical Adventure

from £1629

First stop, Fraser Island. Only the biggest sand island in the world. Next, get a true taste of the outback...

Lapland Active Adventure

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic...

Arctic Watch Lodge

from £7825

Located 800 km inside the Arctic Circle, right on the Northwest Passage, the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge qualifies as the...

Ocean to Ocean

from £900

Gear up for one memorable African safari, explorers. This belter of a trip will take you all the way from...

Hilltribe Experience

from £345

Pull on your walking boots, stretch those leg muscles and take to the hills on a classic Intrepid trek through...

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...

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

from £1070

From the fast-paced nightlife of Bangkok to a slow boat along the Mekong, this trip brings you the best of...

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