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Featured Experiences

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.

Summer Camp Jobs in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800 hours...

International Marketing & PR Internship In Vietnam

from £1035

30 days

Vietnam

Vietnam is rapidly developing as one of the emerging markets in Southeast Asia.

Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of...

North Island Adventure Tour

from £695

7 days

New Zealand

You will see it all in the week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm, Lord of the Rings locations,...

6 Weeks in Italy You’ll Never Forget

from £9870

42 days

Italy

Travel Italy with new friends; study the greatest works of art & architecture in Europe; discuss history, theology, politics &...

Community Care in Japan

from £2500

180 days

Japan

We offer several caring placement opportunities for volunteers. These are dedicated to helping residents with physical and learning disabilities and...

Professional Field Guide Course 1 Year

from £16795

365 days

South Africa

A 1 year course designed to supply the safari industry with FGASA qualified field guides. This course would also suit...

Wildlife Warriors Anti-Poaching Course

from £1595

10 days

South Africa

Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques and work alongside professionals to understand the challenges facing those who dedicate their...

Teaching & Community Internship

from £1719

60 - 140 days

Costa Rica

Teaching English in local schools will give you a real insight into Costa Rican culture. It's a world of adventure...

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Northern Directions

from £849

Point your GPS in one direction and set off north, as we explore some of Europe’s most iconic cities. Starting...

Tibet Adventure

from £2159

Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across...

Dubai Discovery

from £300

A city like no other, Dubai is the story of the little fishing village that could, and of a city...

Eastern Exposure

from £1070

Come tour Eastern Europe with us and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about. Since the political Iron...

Okavango Delta Fly-In Safari

from £2160

Experience the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the Okavango Delta on an exclusive retreat. Camp out in style and comfort...

Northern Territory Encompassed Northbound ex Yulara

from £1745

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along...

The Med Runner

from £1049

Run, don’t walk. Seriously. This one’s for the runners. Sprint across the best parts of the Mediterranean, featuring red hot...

Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories

from £3720

Egypt, Jordan, Israel & Palestine are ancient lands that conjure images of river valleys, powerful Pharaohs, pilgrims and cities carved...

Cloud Forest Independent Adventure

Head for the clouds – cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo...

Alaska Active Escape

Alaska – so raw, vast, and far-out it may as well be its very own planet. This adventure lets hardy...

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