Gap Year Expeditions

Volunteering expeditions & adventure

You might think that any kind of travel adventure is a gap year expedition of sorts, but it can also be used to describe a specific kind of journey: one that immerses you fully in an unfamiliar culture or environment, sees you work closely with a team, and presents a real physical or mental challenge. Volunteer expeditions are certainly not a walk in the park.

Still not clear? Broadly speaking expeditions can be broken down into three categories: adventurous expeditions are, well, adventures that push your physical limits, usually having geographical start and end points; volunteering expeditions revolve around working to improve the welfare of a community in a host country, asking you to live there for an extended period of time; scientific expeditions fall somewhere in between, focusing on research and conservation projects.

This range of gap year expeditions means it’s easy to find one that suits you, whatever your goals or interests – just make sure you’re up to the challenge!

Get adventurous with these amazing expeditions


Costa Rica Marine Adventure with Gapforce

from £2400

28 days

Incredible landscapes, a huge diversity of wildlife and an exciting culture are only a small part of what will make...

Central America Adventure Trail

from £1899

28 - 70 days

An unforgettable adventure through Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, amongst Mayan ruins and the azure waters off the...

Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

from £1555

28 days

Experience marine and rainforest conservation in this biodiversity hotspot and join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member.

Marine Scientist Training with Gapforce

from £4950

84 days

Learn the practical skills required to become a Marine Scientist whilst helping us to create marine parks with the Bahamas...

Expedition Leader Program

from £7700

90 days

Develop extensive guiding skills and qualifications specialising in altitude and steep terrain, learn wilderness medicine and get crucial developing world...

South East Asia Adventure Trail

from £1295

28 - 70 days

Travel with us to ancient Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, lands of unimaginable beauty, on an adventure that will take you...

Australia Adventure with Gapforce

from £2400

28 - 49 days

Travel down under with us and embark on the experience of a lifetime! From exploring Oz to finding a job...

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Expedition with Gapforce

from £2200

28 - 56 days

Learn exciting bushcraft techniques including fire lighting and jungle survival, conserve turtles, chill at beaches & lakes, learn Spanish and...

Conservation, Culture and Cross-Country Hike

from £9200

85 days

Hike from the Caribbean to Pacific Coast while immersing yourself in the local culture with homestay families, experience whitewater rafting...

Unearthed Expedition And Social Entrepreneurship Course

from £1900

30 days

Track Rhino on foot. Live in a Zulu village. Snorkel with Sharks in the warm Indian Ocean. Build confidence, leadership...


Coast to the Bay (finish Los Angeles)

from £1755

Go in search of the wonderfully wild and wacky as we take the scenic route from La La Land to...

Hola Cuba – People to People for US citizens

from £2120


Experience the splendor of Cuba – a cobblestoned Caribbean gem where the rum is plentiful, the smiles infectious and dancing...

Treasures of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

When it comes to popular travel destinations, Sri Lanka has been off the map for far too long. We think...

Ibiza and Beyond

from £1275

8 - 8 days


From bright disco lights to boutique shopping, idyllic pebbled bays to crumbling alleys of coffee shops - this trip is...

Best of Ethiopia

from £3095


Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. It’s an incredible combination of history, tradition,...

Independent Lares Trek


Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track! The challenging Lares Trek is a great...

Spain & Portugal on a Shoestring

from £799

Portugal, Spain

Take an incredible ten days to experience the best travel highlights of Spain and Portugal: art, culture, food (hello tapas!),...

Rome to London on a Shoestring

from £1999

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary...

Hope your happiness muscles are in peak condition because this epic 20-day combo tour of Europe is going to leave...

The Red Centre to Melbourne

from £839


It’s a wide-open space between the aptly named Red Centre and Adelaide, and we intend to make the most of...

ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2018

from £110


On April 25th, 1915, Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The military campaign that followed was disastrous for the...

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