Gap Year


GENERAL INFORMATION

Thinking about taking a gap year but not sure where to start? A well-planned gap year is great way to impress potential employers. Over 200,000 young people in the UK take a gap year each year.

A well-thought-out gap year may include several elements - travel, work, rest, volunteering. Planning carefully is the best way to avoid starting your university or working life in debt. If you choose to take a gap year before university, the advantages are that you'll gain more independence - personal, financial, maybe both - and be better prepared for university life. It doesn't matter that you'll be a year older than many of the other undergraduates - you'll probably cope with the transition to university better.

If you decide to organise your trip with a gap year company, research the company thoroughly before committing. Find out how long they have been operating and how many people they have taken abroad in the past. It's a good idea to speak to past gap travellers who have used the company to find out about their experiences.

Looking for ideas on how to spend your gap year? Work placements, sports, studying abroad, volunteering - a few suggestions are listed below.
USEFUL LINKS

  • Gap Year Travel Store
    The Gap Year Travel Store is an online store dedicated to providing quality equipment for gap year travellers, including travel backpacks, lightweight sleeping bags, first aid kits & mosquito defence products. They also have a blog where they share travel tips and travel gear advice

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    Tips on insurance, money, advice on staying healthy, getting the right visa. You will find all you need to know to plan the safest and most enjoyable gap year.

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GAP YEAR SPECIALISTS

BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR WITH EA SKI AND SNOWBOARD

Contact
: Eryn Cutler
Tel.UK: +44(0)2071932647

Location
: Choose from
  • Banff, Big White, Lake Louise, Cypress, Nakiska, Castle Mountain or Revelstoke in Canada
  • Lake Tahoe in the USA
  • Mt Hutt in New Zealand
  • Minakami, Honshu, Hakuba, Sahoro, Niesko or Nagano in Japan
  • Verbier, Grimentz, Sass Fee, Zermatt, St Moritz in Switzerland
EA Ski and Snowboard
Get paid to ski or snowboard for your gap year.
EA Ski & Snowboard brings you the ultimate full season ski or snowboard course. Partnering with the world's top ski resorts their Internship Programs provide instructor training, certification and a guaranteed ski or snowboard job offer. You can step straight into a ski school, earn money, and start living the dream!
What is an Instructor Internship Program?
Fast becoming the most popular Winter season GAP, Career Break and Industry starting point in the World...An Instructor Internship is your chance to not only become a certified instructor but also start teaching at a top resort by Christmas and be earning some $$!
Visit our website above or download your guide to becoming an instructor
EA Ski and Snowboard

GAP 360

Contact
: Jane Mclellan, Operations and Sales Director
Tel
: +44(0)1892 527392

Location
:
121-123 Mount Pleasant
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN1 1QR

Gap 360
Gap 360 offers a range of trips including; paid work, volunteering, adventure tours, teaching & much more. In fact Gap 360 has 200+ trips in 50+ countries. To see a full list of all Gap 360 trips click here
Trips can range from just a few weeks (short gaps) to 2 years. We can accommodate for summer trips & longer more cultural experiences as well.
Gap 360 can tailor make your perfect gap year! Just give a travel advisor a call on: 01892 527392 and start planning your dream trip today!

GAP ADVENTURES AFRICA

Contact
: A.M. Joseph, Founder
Tel
: +255710853719

Location
:
Arusha
Tanzania


Gap Adventures Africa
Gap Adventures Africa is a locally founded company residing and operating in eastern part of Africa. We provide Hospital work experience for pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-midwifery and elective students. Volunteering projects in orphan care, baby care, and education. Also music and culture expedition programmes.
Apart from Hospital work experience and volunteering opportunities we also organize weekend trips to popular Wild parks and game reserves for more details e-mail us at info@gapadventuresafrica.com and let us make your next adventure. Hakuna Matata!
Gap Adventures Africa

Oxford Royale Academy

Contact
: study@oxford-royale.co.uk
Tel
: +44(0)845 130 60 21

Location
:
Yarnton Manor
Church Lane
Yarnton
Oxfordshire
OX5 1PY

The 10-week Oxford Gap Year equips students aged 17-19 with a deeper understanding of their chosen subject and the competence to pursue it at a higher level. At the beautiful Yarnton Manor, small classes strengthen students' academic knowledge while individual project work develops their research skills. Regular guest-speaker debates stimulate their intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. An invaluable opportunity to gain academic credit and life-skills!

TRU Experience Travel

Contact
: Miss Hannah Whittaker-George, Director
Tel
: +44(0)1494 526163

Location
:
4 Wyndham Avenue
High Wycombe
Bucks
HP13 5EP

TRU Experience Travel
TRU Experience Travel is an exciting Volunteer and Travel organisation. You can tailor make your experience from 1 week up to 1 year. From cultural exchanges, Animal Rehabilitation, Internships, Volunteering, Road Trips and lots more.

MOUNTAIN CHEFS

Contact
: Victoria Longden
Tel
: +44(0)1908 692918

Location
:
The Old Granary
Brooklands Farm
Milton Keynes
MK16 0HU

An intense course, giving you kitchen confidence and the practical training you need to truly amaze your guests and manage your chalet kitchen safely and effectively.
Based in The Old Granary on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, Mountain Chefs specialise in providing Chalet Chef Cookery Courses. Our open-plan kitchens provide the perfect learning environment for students to master the skills required to be a sucessful seasonaire.

SPORTS

BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR WITH EA SKI AND SNOWBOARD

Contact
: Eryn Cutler
Tel.UK: +44(0)2071932647

Location
: Choose from
  • Banff, Big White, Lake Louise, Cypress, Nakiska, Castle Mountain or Revelstoke in Canada
  • Lake Tahoe in the USA
  • Mt Hutt in New Zealand
  • Minakami, Honshu, Hakuba, Sahoro, Niesko or Nagano in Japan
  • Verbier, Grimentz, Sass Fee, Zermatt, St Moritz in Switzerland
EA Ski and Snowboard
Get paid to ski or snowboard for your gap year.
EA Ski & Snowboard brings you the ultimate full season ski or snowboard course. Partnering with the world's top ski resorts their Internship Programs provide instructor training, certification and a guaranteed ski or snowboard job offer. You can step straight into a ski school, earn money, and start living the dream!
What is an Instructor Internship Program?
Fast becoming the most popular Winter season GAP, Career Break and Industry starting point in the World...An Instructor Internship is your chance to not only become a certified instructor but also start teaching at a top resort by Christmas and be earning some $$!
Visit our website above or download your guide to becoming an instructor
EA Ski and Snowboard

GAP YEAR SKI INSTRUCTOR INTERNSHIPS WITH A PAID JOB

Contact
: Ed Raine, Director

email: email website:  website
Locations
:
Verbier, Switzerland
Niseko, Japan
British Columbia, Canada
We Are Sno
Do you want to experience a winter season working as a paid ski or snowboard instructor?
Join WE ARE SNO on an instructor internship this winter and train to become a qualified ski or snowboard instructor in Canada, Japan or Europe.
Our all-inclusive gap year courses will provide you with accommodation, expert training, international qualifications, a paid job and more.
Check if you are eligible for an instructor internship here.
We Are Sno

SNOW ACADEMY

Contact
: Simon Knowlton
Tel
: +44(0)23 8020 6977

Location
:
Shamrock Quay
William St
Southampton
SO14 5QL

Snow Academy
Snow Academy offer top quality ski and snowboard instructor courses in Whistler Canada from 4 - 11 weeks in duration.
Snow Academy have been offering instructor courses since 1997. Now specialising in courses in Whistler not only for the reliably great snow conditions but also the quality tuition and excellent pass rates on our courses. We also offer guaranteed best prices.
Start your journey to the job of a lifetime and train with the best to be the best in Whistler Canada, the worlds #1 resort.
Snow Academy

ALTITUDE FUTURES INSTRUCTOR COURSES

Contact
: Laura Turner, Sales Manager
Attendance
: 10 Week Course
Location
:
1936 Verbier
Switzerland
Tel.UK: +44(0)7539 07 11 66
Tel.CH: +41(0)7953 05 224

Altitude Futures
Altitude is a young and dynamic ski and snowboard school offering 10 week gap courses for those wishing to train as a ski or snowboard instructor. Our highly acclaimed 10 week courses include training from top qualified coaches towards your BASI level 1 and 2 qualification. On successful completion of the course, you will have gained a qualification which allows you to teach in many countries around the world including Switzerland, Austria, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more. The course focuses primarily on your personal performance and your teaching skills. It is also possible to learn a second discipline, a new language and of course the names of the bar staff! This course include over 200 hours of on snow coaching, discounts on equipment, season lift passes, clothing and jackets, transfers, high pass rates and work opportunities after the course.


Altitude Futures

VOLUNTEER

IDEX

Contact
: Volunteer and Travel Abroad
Tel
: +91 7727011822

Location
:
124 Goverdhan colony
New Sanganer Road
Jaipur
Rajasthan
India
302019
IDEX
Experience authentic culture by developing yourself and making new friends during travel across Thailand, India, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Travel on fully packaged, safe, affordable, easy to organise trips with lots of activities and adventures along with young people from all over the world. We are a new and dynamic travel company focused on volunteer abroad as well as creating exciting experience for young people all over the world. Having grown from an ordinary tourist company to giving our tourists more than carriage privileges, we are set to diversify into a more rewarding venture that is tourists-centred in terms of productive volunteering projects.Have you been dreaming of an opportunity to explore the world for positive result without success? Have you been longing to have this unexplainable sense of helping others? Have you been longing for a lasting and a memorable travel experience where your impact will not only be felt but where you can have a sense of fulfilment? The answer is IDEX!
IDEX

KIDOGO ADVENTURE

Contact
: Alice Watson, CEO
Tel
: 07725 996434

Location
:
60 Cranworth Gardens
London
SW9 0NR

Kidogo Adventure
Kidogo Adventure is a small, personally-run organisation to enable travel through volunteering. The projects are based in Kenya and are currently all child-focused (baby homes, orphanages and schools). During your adventure you will not only be helping the projects through a carefully planned and meaningful volunteer programme, but you will also get the opportunity to see a bit of what Kenya has to offer.
Kidogo Adventure aims to make your trip run as smoothly as possible, so we will organise all aspects of your time in the country for you - including accommodation, food, transport, activities, a short safari - and of course your volunteer placement.
Come and join us for your own adventure - please visit our website (www.kidogoadventure.com) or contact us on info@kidogoadventure.com for more information. Karibu Kenya!

Kidogo Adventure

VOLUNTEER 4 AFRICA

Contact
: Stephen Knight
Location
:
Office 0196
PO Box 6945
London
W1A 6US

Volunteer 4 Africa
Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people volunteer for free or at reasonable cost in Africa. As well as being an easy-to-use resource for anyone interested in volunteering in Africa, we encourage philanthropic travel by providing the wish lists of voluntary organizations and charities. In essence, we are a one-stop shop for volunteers and responsible travellers interested in making a difference to Africa's animals, its people, and the environment.

VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

Contact
: Stephen Knight
Tel
: +44 (0)20 7193 9163

Location
:
Office 1728
PO Box 6945
London
W1A 6US

Volunteer Latin America
Volunteer Latin America is an online platform that connects voluntary organisations and projects with a global audience of volunteers. We specialise in connecting volunteers to free and low-cost volunteer work abroad. We are also a useful resource for anyone interested in learning Spanish in Central or South America.
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