Gap Year by Continent
deserts & rainforests
Africa is a staggeringly massive continent, made up of vast arid plains and plateau. The gap years that we feature include teaching, farming, and conservation projects.
surrounded by oceans
The opposite side of the globe often has a strong pull for us Europeans. Australia and New Zealand are far from home and offer a plethora of opportunities to work and play.
Europe is one of the most diverse continents. A short distance of travel will bring you to a completely different way of life. Work in ski resorts, for local charities or on farms.
jungles & mountains
This vibrant continent has some amazing people, cultures and sights. Work with underprivileged children or on wildlife conservation projects, or become a trekking guide.
usa & canada
Canada and the United States offer some great opportunities for taking a year out. Internships in business, sports instruction jobs and work on organic farms.
japan, china & far east
The countries that make up Asia include a fair chunk of the world's population. We feature lots of exciting and challenging projects from medical to teaching.
Types of Gap Year
giving your time to help
We list a wide variety of different types of volunteer work, including community development, teaching, ecological conservation, marine management, and much more.
working holiday jobs
Working as an office junior in Tokyo or a diving instructor in the Maldives, you should be able to find an opportunity to suit you, and the skills you'll develop will be invaluable.
Year Out Guide
get the most from your time
Working holidays allow people to travel and see new places without having to think about how to fill their days. This guide will tell you how to get the most from your experience.
Gap Year Guide
learning and teaching
Find out about learning a language abroad or Teaching English as a Foreign Language with our guide to getting qualified and getting started. How to select a TEFL course and how to improve your language skills.
TEFL / Languages
arable and pastoral
Experience the agricultural sector in a different country. Cattle farming in Australia, sheep farming in New Zealand, fruit picking in France or organic farming in South Africa; just some of the opportunities.
hospitals, dentristry, nursing
Volunteering on a Medical Project could take you to many different countries, and you don't need to be an aspiring brain surgeon. Placements include Nursing in Africa, Midwifery in Asia, Dentistry in South America.
classrooms and learning
There are plenty of teaching projects available that do not require any formal training, just enthusiasm and an ability to share knowledge.
Why not offer your time to help organisations who are working to protect the most vulnerable plants, fish, animals and people.
coaching and learning
A working holiday is a great way to undertake grassroots coaching, learn how to be an instructor, or deckhand on a super yacht on a round the world adventure.
counselors and instructors
Wooden cabins in the forest, a placid lake, clear blue skies and jagged mountains on the horizon. Read what it is like working at a Summer Camp and view current positions.
responsible gap companies
Tourism often threatens the very nature of the places that we visit, but it can also bring many benefits, especially if the tourism is well managed.
expeditions and trekking
If you are looking for some excitement during your year out you should consider taking part in an adventurous activity like a trekking expedition.
Home to almost 20% of the world's population, and currently experiencing unprecedented economic growth, China is an exciting country to work in with lots of opportunities for the adventurous traveller.
diversity and growth
Jobs and courses in India are plentiful, with real opportunities to contribute to the lives of people who really need help. Careful research will reveal travel opportunities in many parts of India's varied terrain.
mountains and plains
Canada is a land of contrasts; the vast, flat wheat producing prairies, sit alongside the towering, jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockie Mountains. Work and travel opportunities come in all shapes and sizes.
Popular Gap Years
The Great Projects
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International Volunteer HQ
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations....
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