Gap Year Expeditions

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.

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


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Paddlesports Instructor, southern France

Paddlesports Instructor, southern France


We currently have a fantastic opportunity for UKCC Level 1** qualified Paddlesports Instructors to join our team in the Ardeche region of southern France.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia


Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration




Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International

Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International


Raleigh Expeditions are a unique 3-in-1 opportunity to work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure challenges. We organise year-round volunteering programmes to Tanzania, Nepal & Costa Rica for 4, 5, 7 and 10-weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180


PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Gap Year Programs in Latin America

Gap Year Programs in Latin America


Gap year programs are transformative. The more life experience you bring to university and to your career the more successful you will be. This is because you are more focused and more aware of what you actually want to do. There are so many great reasons to travel!
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Volunteer in Costa Rica with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Costa Rica with Raleigh International


Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart of Costa Rica, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia


Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Expedition Leader Program

Expedition Leader Program


This is a comprehensive program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Superjeep Driver Guide

Superjeep Driver Guide


Category D/D1 licensed drivers, responsible for the safety and enjoyment of guests while leading our winter ice cave tours.
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Make an enquiry with Glacier Guides

Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure
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Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure


Not only will you have the amazing opportunity to see some of Africas most incredible wildlife, snorkel with Whale Sharks and paddle to a tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects. Experience the best of SA!
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International

Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International


Join a Raleigh Expedition in Nepal for 5, 7 or 10-weeks. Nepal is a land that has captivated travellers for generations. Sandwiched between India and China it is at a cross roads of cultures and religions. With the vast Himalayas as its backdrop, few other countries rival Nepal’s natural beauty.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150


Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Make an enquiry with Plan My Gap Year

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International

Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International


In Tanzania, our work focuses on improving community managed water and sanitation systems and building community resilience. You will gain experience of sustainable development work and help this incredible country to move forwards towards a secure future, whilst developing skills for yourself.
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Make an enquiry with Raleigh International

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand


Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration


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.

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.