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EXPEDITIONS AND TREKKING GAP YEAR COURSES

purple square 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.

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Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast

Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast

Gap Year Provider: Gapforce, Costa Rica
Complete the award winning Trekforce Jungle Training course. This covers survival skills, creating your camp out of the jungle, jungle first aid, jungle route training, evacuation training including our thrilling solo survival night!

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Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

Gap Year Provider: Raleigh International, Borneo
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.



Expedition Leadership Training

Expedition Leadership Training

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!



Explore the Adventure Capital of the World in Queenstown NZ!

Explore the Adventure Capital of the World in Queenstown NZ!

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New Zealand
Our Explorer Series are designed with the same mind blowing philosophy we use for all our programs, but we add into the mix the social and cultural experiences that can only be found when you immerse yourself into a community by exploring it from the inside!



Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Worldwide
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



Nepal Community & Everest Trek

Nepal Community & Everest Trek

Asia
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!




Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Malaysia
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.



Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Worldwide
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.



South America Explore

South America Explore

Peru, Ecuador
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!



Swap It - Making all our options free.

Swap It - Making all our options free.

Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team are dedicated to helping people volunteer around the world, explore new cultures and have great adventures! At some point we have all been out of work, students, stuck on low paying jobs etc. To help as much as possible Swap It offers you all of our options for free.




The Ultimate African Adventure

The Ultimate African Adventure

Tanzania
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.



Europe Tour

Europe Tour

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!



Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America


Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America.



Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

North America
Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders.




25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China

25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China

Asia
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.



Volunteer in Central America

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.



Experience the real Nepal

Experience the real Nepal


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.



Borneo Orangutan Protection

Borneo Orangutan Protection

Borneo
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




Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Worldwide
PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.



Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Indonesia
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



Paid Work Abroad

Paid Work Abroad

Worldwide
Work abroad and enhance your future career by taking up a paid job in America, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain, Prague or Italy. Fund your travels and enhance your CV in the worlds top locations.



More gap year ideas

Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.



More Expeditions & Trekking Gap Years


Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

Explore and protect the Malaysian Rainforest

Borneo
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.





Adventure Expeditions for your Year Out

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.