Our selection of the best expedition style gap years include trekking in the Himalayas, exploring the remote jungles of South America, diving off the coast of Madagascar and caring for rhinos and tigers in the forest and prairie of central Africa. If you want to spend your gap year in a comfortable air conditioned classroom or office, you need to look at one of our other page. All you will find here are expeditions for adventurous people.
Experience the real Nepal
Gap Year Provider: Raleigh International,
Rebuild Nepal with Raleigh International. Spend 7 or 10 weeks working on a community project in rural Nepal. You will get the chance to help rebuild homes in villages affected by the 2015 earthquakes and trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Expedition Leadership Training
Gap Year Provider: Gapforce, UK, Costa Rica
Quite possibly the best gap year on the planet! Join us on a four month expedition starting with training in the UK then leadership and survival training in the jungles of Central America. Jobs offered to the top candidates!
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa and Asia. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months.
Volunteer in Central America
A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua is a unique opportunity to experience incredible cultures and help tackle poverty in some of the most beautiful places on earth. You will be working towards: Community resilience, Environment volunteering and an exhilarating adventure trek.
Borneo Orangutan Protection
Join us on a 6 week extreme jungle adventure to help protect the endangered Orangutan in one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world. Working with the New Orangutan Rehabilitation Project, we head deep into the jungle to help construct rope bridges, hides and viewing structures. Lo
Explore the Adventure Capital of the World in Queenstown NZ!
Summer in New Zealand. There aren’t many places you can travel the length of country barefoot and get along just fine with a smile and a good attitude. Our program is all about giving you an authentic kiwi experience, an all-inclusive activity-filled program that leaves you to focus on having fun!
South America Explore
An 8 week South American adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanctuary and a visit to the Galapagos!
Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears
Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm
Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest
Join a Raleigh expedition to Borneo and spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living deep in the Malaysian Rainforest. You and your team of global volunteers will be working to protect it for future generations. You'll also volunteer in a rural community and trek across stunning landscapes.
25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China
This jam-packed tour takes you camping on the Great Wall, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo, and hiking on Hong Kong’s famed Victoria peak. Visit the adorable pandas in Chengdu, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and learn some awesome kungfu moves.
The Ultimate African Adventure
Spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living and working alongside a remote Tanzanian community whilst working on a life changing water and sanitation project. Protect some of the world's most vulnerable environments and trek through stunning landscapes in the diverse Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Sumatra & Bali Orangutan Conservation
Indonesia, Sumatra, Bali
From the jungles of Sumatra to the beaches of Bali, this 4 to 8 week program combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia island adventure!
Conservation Projects Abroad
Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles
Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving
We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.
London, Paris, Barcelona, Cote d’Azur, Florence, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam
Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as we take you to 10 mind-blowing countries in just 25 days!
Nepal Community & Everest Trek
Join us on an amazing 5 week diverse adventure through the Himalayas, exploring some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the world. Combine rewarding community work with an incredible trek to the Everest Base Camp for your complete Himalayan adventure!
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
If you picture the average gap year you might think about someone with a back pack, taking a train from one European capital city to another, marveling at the architecture and enjoying trying out new foods in a range of cafes and bars. Or perhaps you imagine someone teaching English to a classroom full of business people in somewhere like Tokyo, or Beijing. Those are rewarding experiences and make for great gap years, but what if you want to do something a bit different? What if you want a bit more of an expedition, something more exciting that will make your friends stop and listen when you get home?
Luckily there are a handful of specialist gap year companies offering proper adventure gap years. Someone them will still carry your bags and take care of you, others you will be expected to pull your weight - literally! If you are not the type of person who likes to pass the time watching the world go by with a glass of wine and a book, while other people rush about, you will probably want to read on.
Explore the world, make new friends for life, go one step further! We have every expedition you could wish for including South America 3 country volunteer adventure, South Africa 5 country/ big cats/ guide course, South Pacific learn to dive/ protect the reefs, Everest Base Camp Trek, Leadership Training and much more
Arctic Expeditions are not the sole preserve of the rich and famous. Spend the first few weeks improving your mountaineering skills, arctic living and safe travel. Then it is off to the first expedition base camp. But remember, this is not one of those papered gap years we were talking about earlier. There are skis on your feet and you will be pulling your own sledge of equipment. You will be taking part in valuable scientific research on Svalbard, cooking your own freeze dried food on a Primus stove, in a tent, surrounded by snow.
Prefer your expedition gap year warm? Go to Oman, and take part in an eight week trek through some of the harshest desert environments on Earth. Remember to collect kindling along the way or you will not be able to make the fire on which to cook your food. Enjoy spectacular starry night skies that you will not see in the UK, and make your way to the tropical cloud forests near the Arabian Peninsula.
How about taking part in some extreme sports on your expedition gap year? Try your hand at bungy jumping, zorbing, or rock climbing in New Zealand, skydiving, canyoning and cave diving in the USA, martial arts training camps in South East Asia, getting up close to big game in Africa, or free diving with sharks in Australia.