Gap Year

Gap Year Programmes and Jobs: Find Gap Year Volunteer Opportunities in the UK and Abroad

Missed out on a university place and forced to take a year out? Or have a uni or apprenticeship place booked but want to travel for a bit before diving into your career? Then joining the ever-growing cohort of gappers doing something worthwhile for a year is an option that could improve your future prospects – if you choose well.

To aid you in your search for a fulfilling and career enhancing gap year we have a good selection of listings from a range of providers. Use the search box to the left or take a look at our featured programmes below. The list of opportunities changes regularly as new companies and institutions come on board the good ship notgoingtouni, or as existing partners add new placements and jobs.

To give you an idea of the sort of gap year providers available here is a selection of companies that regularly work with us:

-          Restless Development – A youth-led development agency placing international volunteers in Africa and Asia

-          Azafady - A registered UK charity working in association with an NGO in Madagascar on a range of health, education and environmental projects

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Frontier – Offers over 300 volunteering abroad projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Australasia and Europe

-          Gap 360 – Paid jobs abroad, Volunteering options working with wildlife or in conservation
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Lattitude Global Volunteering - An international youth development charity

plus many more


So whether you plan to learn a language, teach abroad, head overseas to help a community or stay in the UK and do volunteer work, with so many options for working with projects in different countries, we are sure you can find a gap year to suit your objectives and benefit your professional and personal life too.


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Situated on the coast of West Africa, Ghana is a country full of beautiful beaches, lush vegetation and the world’s largest artificial lake – Lake Volta!   Although a stable…

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Fiji is made up of a group of tropical islands in the South Pacific with a unique mixture of Polynesian and European influences. The local people are warm, friendly and extremely generous,…

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Travel with us to the ancient Kingdoms of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, famously popular destinations for gap year travellers and it isn't hard to see why.  The countries…

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At first glance, Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a mere pin prick on the world map, covering a measly 0.03% of the world’s landmass. This makes it even more astonishing…

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The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences. Fiji's…

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Whether you love living in large cities or prefer a more rural setting, you’re bound to find something that suits you in the beautiful country of Canada. From teaching placements at prestigious boarding…

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We have 11 month Schools Assistant placements throughout this beautiful country. Based in a boarding school, you will be helping teachers in the classroom, organising extra-curricular activities,…

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If living close to nature, working in a team and inspiring young people sounds exciting, then camp life is for you! As an Outdoor Activities Instructor, you will work within stunning scenery assisting…

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South America is a region teeming with life, colour, culture and history. Throughout its past, civilisations such as the mighty Incas have given way to a wave of European colonisation and influences. Today,…

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Argentina is an incredible country, full of cultural charm and natural wonders. From the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls in the north, to the culturally diverse and vibrant capital of Buenos Aires to the natural…

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Our 6 month Medical placements in Japan are a fantastic opportunity to experience work in a busy hospital environment, while living in one of the world’s most culturally fascinating countries. Our…

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Have you considered taking part on one of our volunteering or adventure placements but don't have all the money right now? During January and February, Frontier is offering the opportunity to reserve…

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Music Production Course - 6 week part-time course About this course Level: Beginner - No previous learning is required, however a passion for music and production is essential! Our 6-week…

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Higher Diploma in Music Performance - Guitar Course Fast track your skills. A Higher Diploma in Music Performance course at ICMP London is a great way to progress your guitar playing by immersing…

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Higher Diploma in Music Performance - Bass Guitar (1 Year) Fast track your skills. A Higher Diploma in Music Performance Bass course at ICMP is a great way to progress your bass playing by immersing…

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Fast track your skills with a Higher Diploma in Drums A Higher Diploma in Music Performance course at ICMP is a great way to progress your drumming by immersing yourself in a fully drum-focused musical…

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Visit South Africa, a Rainbow Nation that combines sophisticated modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically…

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If you would like to go on a Frontier project and are ready to organise a group of friends to go with you, our Group Leaders Program could be perfect for you. As a group leader, you could earn your placement…

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Have a French adventure this 2018! Package equivalent to £8,266 to £12,481 pro rata (dependent on age & language fluency); full training and access to qualification…

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Catering Assistant There is nothing like the buzz of a busy kitchen producing great food. PGL takes great pride in serving quality dishes to our young guests and staff, and with children’s…

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