Take your Gap Year in Europe

Choosing Europe as your gap year desination means you are closer to home, but still throws up a bewildering choice of projects and opportunities. Whether you already have something in mind, or are just searching for ideas, take a look at some of our favourite European gap year courses below. You can choose to volunteer or get paid in a wide range of subjects.

Europe has a lot to offer, whether you try to squeeze your experience into a couple of weeks or several months. Our advertisers offer a huge range of European courses and job types, voluntary and paid, in many European countries. Seasonal grape picking, learning to become a ski instructor in the Alps, take part in an expedition in the Arctic, medical work experience in Eastern Europe, teaching English as a foreign language or paid fundraising in the UK.


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Volunteer with bears in Romania

Volunteer with bears in Romania


Volunteer in a brown bear sanctuary in Romania, helping to sort through food donations and feed the bears. Over 100 bears have been rescued and now live in the huge enclosures, emerging from the trees when it's feeding time. Volunteers are vital for the running of the sanctuary, and you could help.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year


Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide




Volunteer with bears in Romania

Volunteer with bears in Romania


Volunteer in a brown bear sanctuary in Romania, helping to sort through food donations and feed the bears. Over 100 bears have been rescued and now live in the huge enclosures, emerging from the trees when it's feeding time. Volunteers are vital for the running of the sanctuary, and you could help.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course


Work alongside Bear’s skilled team of adventure and survival experts and as the Academy grows on an international scale work on a wide range of outdoor survival courses. Passing the course provides accredited qualifications for teaching and assisting to teach in the outdoor sector.
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Make an enquiry with Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Kitchen Porter

Kitchen Porter


You will be an integral part of the overseas Hotel Team, ensuring our customers’ expectations are exceeded at every opportunity. Reporting to the Head chef and Assistant/Hotel Managers, you are responsible for the hygiene and safety standards within our Hotels Kitchens.
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Make an enquiry with Ocean Elements

Part-Time Acting Foundation Course - BURSARIES AVAILABLE!
SPECIAL OFFER!

Part-Time Acting Foundation Course - BURSARIES AVAILABLE!


Our Part-Time Foundation course in Acting takes place over two intensive terms preparing you for drama school auditions. The course aims to work seamlessly around your day-job taking place over three evenings a week. Applications are open in January 2020.
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Make an enquiry with ArtsEd

Seasonal Chef / Cook

Seasonal Chef / Cook


Now Recruiting for the season! CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are looking for an experienced or qualified chef/cook who can lead a small team of non-catering assistants in preparing and serving quality meals for up to 200 stude
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Make an enquiry with Club Correze

Tour Leader - Paris

Tour Leader - Paris


Becoming a PGL Tour Leader is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in French culture and get involved with one of PGL’s most popular school trips – tailor-made French study tours to the wonderful city of Paris.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included

Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included


Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Become a ski or snowboard instructor in 2019. Receive world-class training, gain internationally recognised qualifications and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth

Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth


EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships. Turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career. Receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer - all in one season.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Head Chef

Head Chef


You will oversee and run every aspect of the Hotel Kitchen. Managing a team of chefs (size dependent on property size), you will take responsibility for ensuring the preparation, delivery and service of food within your property.
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Make an enquiry with Ocean Elements

Camp Counselor in France
SPECIAL OFFER!

Camp Counselor in France


We’ve been running English camps for French children since 1994! With multiple locations across France, American Village Language Immersion Camps welcome thousands of kids each year. Our caring, fun, and professional counselor team is a part of what makes our camp so loved by our campers!
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Make an enquiry with American Village

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months.
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Make an enquiry with Share Discovery Village

Accredited TEFL Course in Prague with Job Guarantee

Accredited TEFL Course in Prague with Job Guarantee


TEFL International Prague | Language and Training is a reputable training centre located in Prague, Czech Republic. Our TEFL course is externally moderated by TEFL International and accredited by Fairmont State University in Vermont, USA.
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Make an enquiry with Prague TEFL

Chef De partie

Chef De partie


Working closely with every member of the kitchen team The Chef De Partie (CDP) will be responsible for the smooth running of any of the sections within the Kitchen. Sections may include Prep, Stock and Larder, Starters, Grill and Mains or Desserts.
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Make an enquiry with Alpine Elements

The Mountain Cookery School

The Mountain Cookery School


The ski chalet-focused Mountain Cookery School is THE place to learn to become an A* chalet host. 1 week courses on-location in Tignes include all you need to succeed - transfers from Geneva, private accommodation, all food, equipment and course materials. Prices start from £649 for 7 days...
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Make an enquiry with Skiworld

Housekeeping Assistant, France

Housekeeping Assistant, France


PGL's Housekeeping Assistant roles in France are a good platform to get started in hospitality and fantastic job to enjoy with a team of like-minded people from around the world. First impressions are always important and you can help deliver a positive and lasting first impression for our guests.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor


As an Outdoor Instructor, you will deliver a range of fun, memorable and tailored adventurous activities, experiences and adventure holidays aimed at families, individuals and groups. Such as snowmobile tours, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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Make an enquiry with Davvi Arctic

Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year


Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike program within the French Alps.
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Make an enquiry with Alpine Elements

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
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Make an enquiry with Rockley Watersports

Part-Time Musical Theatre Foundation Course - BURSARIES AVAILABLE!
SPECIAL OFFER!

Part-Time Musical Theatre Foundation Course - BURSARIES AVAILABLE!


Our Part-Time Foundation course in Musical Theatre takes place over two intensive terms preparing you for drama school auditions. This course aims to work seamlessly around your day-job taking place over three evenings a week. Applications are open in January 2020.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with ArtsEd

Work as a Ski Instructor

Work as a Ski Instructor


Train with professional ski instructors and gain your own qualifications that will allow you to teach in the same season. Following your course, become a snow sports instructor in Canada or Austria and earn money whilst enjoying the season on these fantastic slopes!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Medical internship in Romania

Medical internship in Romania


An excellent way to gain work experience, this internship in Romania offers hands-on experience in a children's hospital and home visits with a mobile medical unit, a chance for you to learn about more conditions and treatments. For those interested in medicine, this is a great internship.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland


If you enjoy working with children, join our team of international staff in Switzerland for an incredibly rewarding experience in a beautiful mountain resort. You will instruct and assist in a programme of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and orienteering.
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Make an enquiry with Viamonde

Adventure Instructor

Adventure Instructor


Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives.
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Make an enquiry with In 2 Action

Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague

Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague


Get paid teaching English abroad! TEFL Worldwide offers the monthly accredited & internationally recognized TEFL certificate course in Prague! We provide on-site student housing and lifetime job guidance worldwide. Our graduates have taught in over 60 countries!
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Make an enquiry with TEFL Worldwide Prague

Paid Work

Paid Work


Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand. Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals & enhance your CV.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Mountain Bike Instructor

Mountain Bike Instructor


Flying Fish have been delivering courses and getting people qualified in the Outdoor Industry for years. Our Mountain Bike Instructor course is ideal for anyone looking to become more proficient on their bike or who wants to go on and teach. Get in touch for more information.
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Make an enquiry with OutdoorJAC

Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season

Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season


Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Children’s Activity Group Leaders

Children’s Activity Group Leaders


Robinwood is looking for fun and outgoing people to work as Group Leaders and deliver great courses to the thousands of primary school children who visit our centres every year. Apply now to become part of our award-winning staff team!
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Make an enquiry with Robinwood

Commis Chef

Commis Chef


Alpine Elements Ltd is a medium sized tour operator specialising in ski and summer beach & alpine activity holidays operating throughout France, Greece and St.Anton, Austria, with their sister company iGO SKi offering short ski breaks.
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Make an enquiry with Alpine Elements

Sous Chef

Sous Chef


Alpine Elements Ltd is a medium sized tour operator specialising in ski and summer beach & alpine activity holidays operating throughout France, Greece and St. Anton, Austria, with their sister company iGO SKi offering short ski breaks.
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Make an enquiry with Alpine Elements

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!


If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor in 2020.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 4 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Make an enquiry with WE ARE SNO

Housekeepers / Kitchen Assistants

Housekeepers / Kitchen Assistants


Now Recruiting for the 2019 season! CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are looking for individuals who have excellent customer service skills and who enjoy working with children.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Club Correze




Popular Europe Destinations:
France, Italy, Romania, Spain

Quick Europe Facts:
Population - 0.75 billion
Languages - Every country has its own national language.

Visa Information:
As a UK citizen, you are permitted to travel and work without limits withing the EU.

Lots of options for work & travel thoroughout Europe

Some people take a gap year with little or no preparation. They may pack an oversized rucksack with most of their worldly goods and buy a rail ticket that will allow them to cross the channel into France or Belgium. But beyond a vague plan to head for Greece or Italy or somewhere equally warm, and take causal jobs along the route, they see the free spirit aspect of travelling an integral part of a European adventure.

Other people like to have everything planned before they go. This can range from a simple plan to stay in a certain country or city between set dates, to pre booking accommodation to the exact day, like a well organised military campaign. No matter how detailed your plans, nor whether you are staying for few weeks or a full year, if you are this second type of person, who likes to have some idea of what you are going to do during your gap year in Europe, then this page is for you.

My Italian Gap Year

I knew I wanted to take a gap year before I started university but I wasn't interested in the type where you go and sit on an Indonesian beach for weeks on end doing nothing. My intended university course had an option for some Italian modules which I wanted to take. My Italian wasn't (still isn't) perfect, so I decided a language course would be a good way to spend my year out.

After a heck of a lot of research I decided to travel with ESL. They were offering an Italian language course suitable for beginners at the Torre di Babele school in Rome. The price was right and it was flexible enough to cover what I wanted to achieve so I signed up for a 24 week stay in the Italian capital. What an amazing place! The school was pretty central and my accommodation wasn't too far away. I chose to be housed with a local family to begin with as I thought it would be easier to get settled with some help rather than being alone. They were lovely people which was a real bonus.

The standard course doesn't take up too much time during the week so there is plenty of opportunity to explore the city. The language school even help organise excursions to places of interest. Our Naples trip was amazing and really helped the group to bond. The time absolutely flew past, but my Italian language skills improved dramatically through being completely immersed in the language. I had tried to learn before so knew the basics, but this is definitely the way to learn. And a great way to spend my time.