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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.

Sports Coaching in South Africa

from £1239

35 - 84 days

South Africa

Help inspire some of South Africa’s poorest children in this heart-warming sports and childcare project. Coach your favourite sports and...

In-Class TEFL Course in Granada

from £1300

20 days

Spain

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

Volunteer with Children in South Africa

from £1239

35 - 84 days

South Africa

Volunteer with kids in vibrant South Africa. Support children as they develop their English and their confidence. Alternatively, you can...

Gap Year and Summer Programs in South Africa

from £400

14 - 119 days

South Africa

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

Social Impact Experience

from £978

14 - 28 days

South Africa

On this part-time home stay experience in Cape Town, you will be faced with the daily challenges, but will find...

Journalism internship in Melbourne

from £3600

42 - 180 days

Australia

Get ahead in the competitive world of journalism and media by pursuing an internship in the world’s most liveable city,...

Borneo and the Philippines

from £2488

42 - 70 days

Malaysia, Philippines

A dynamic program which includes venturing deep into the jungle to teach indigenous tribes, exploring Mulu caves, an orangutan safari,...

Shark Conservation in Indonesia

from £750

14 days

Indonesia

Join our research team in paradise and work alongside experienced marine biologists while earning your PADI Dive certification all the...

All-Inclusive Ibiza Beach Camp

from £120

2 days

Spain

Join us this summer at their beautiful beach camp in the paradise known as Ibiza!

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Galapagos Encounter – Southern Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

from £2785

Encounter the Galapagos on a sailing voyage that takes in the very best of the southern islands. Rub shoulders with...

Kilimanjaro – Machame Route & Serengeti Adventure

from £3599

From the soaring heights of Africa's highest peak to the endless plains of the Serengeti, discover the best of Tanzania....

Realm of the Polar Bear

from £2384

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always...

Egypt Explored

from £760

From the ancient pyramids and temples of Abu Simbel to the relaxed Red Sea resort of Dahab, this top-notch tour...

Japan Winter Highlights

from £2199

Japan in winter is simply unforgettable. Join this nine-day tour to explore big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, then...

Great Ocean Road Adventure ex Adelaide (Basix)

from £195

Set off on a short but sweet road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne and experience southern Australia's wild natural beauty....

The Road to Troy

from £549

The exotic Road to Troy trip hops around the exquisite turquoise coast for 6 days and drops anchor at spots...

Vietnam Family Holiday for solo parents

from £807

With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam....

Queensland Rainforests & Waterfalls

from £230

Create your own “Dreamtime” experience over three packed days of remote natural and spiritual adventure. Head out from scenic seaside...

Russia Scandi

from £2469

Join us on a scandalously fun adventure tour in Russia and Scandinavia as we take in the best travel experiences...

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