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Gap Year Ideas and Activities

The range and choice of gap years abroad can be bewildering, whether you are planning to volunteer, work or just travel overseas, there are a lot of gap year opportunities to choose from.

In this section we explore in more detail some of the most popular gap year activities, whether that be training and working as a TEFL teacher or ski instructor, going on a great adventure or simply finding a summer job in Europe.

You can also find information here about taking a gap year if you are an older person, either on a career break or even after retirement, or about work experience and internships.

Take some time out to explore our gap year ideas, and build your dream career break, summer break or year out.


Gap Year Ideas And Activities - Commonly Asked Questions

I don't know what to do in my gap year - help!

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about taking a year out - along with where to go, and how to do it. The best way to decide what to do on your gap year is by thinking first about some basic questions. Ask yourself how long you want to go for, what you want to achieve and where you want to go. Do you have any ideas for travelling for example? Will you need to work? Where is your dream destination? Take the answers to these questions as your starting point for year out ideas.

How realistic is travelling the world for a year?

Round the world trips actually offer excellent value for money, with a RTW ticket costing as little as £700 GBP. However, these tickets to have their restrictions and limitations, as to where and when you can fly, so make sure you understand exactly what you are buying before you commit to a round the world trip.

Can you give me any travel ideas?

Not as silly a question as it sounds! When the world is quite literally your oyster, it can be hard to decide on the best places to go. Check out our destinations pages to help you decide on where to go, when the best times are to go and how much time and money you will need. These pages contain loads of travel suggestions and opportunities to travel and work abroad.

What kind of adventure travel can I take part in on my year out?

Every destination has its own opportunities for adventure travel experiences. In the USA you can take part in outdoors adventure and tours, in the Middle East you can take an overland tour, and there are many other adventure options in every destination. Just make sure you check out the organisations beforehand, know exactly what you are signing up for, and sort out your insurance! Our adventure pages are a great place to start your research.

How can I get work experience on my gap year?

You can choose whether to get work experience in the UK or overseas. When you are looking for work experience overseas, you obviously need to consider the language barrier, and how much help you may actually be to an organisation if you don't speak the language. It is possible to get work experience placements in English speaking countries such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but you may need assistance from expert organisations such as those in our work experience sections to sort it out. You can also get work experience in sectors which are very competitive in the UK, such as journalism or IT, in developing countries, by getting involved with placements or programs internationally which are organised by an established company who specialises in international internships.

Can I study abroad on my year out?

Some degree courses include a year overseas with a partner university. If you want to study abroad but need to do it before your degree starts, or after it finishes, then explore shorter course options in our study abroad page. This is a great option in you want to take a language course overseas, learn Spanish or study foreign languages.

Can I combine a year out abroad with sport?

Yes you can. Many of the organisations on our sports abroad page offer the chance to coach children in sports, including football. So if you are interested in sports coaching, this could be the ideal opportunity to get experience while helping out at a summer camp in the USA or with a community in a developing nation as a volunteer.