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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Centre Manager

Centre Manager


Do you have management experience and you're looking for a fun summer managing one of our many centres with a team of amazing people? If you are then join our operations team and apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor


FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
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Make an enquiry with ACUK




Lego Robotics Instructor

Lego Robotics Instructor


Are you handy with coding and want a fun summer? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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

Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK


UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Snowboard Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion
SPECIAL OFFER!

Snowboard Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion


We are owned and run entirely by professional, experienced, qualified ski and snowboard instructors and sports professionals so we can efficiently and cost-effectively include training and experience for our clients within our own ski and snowboard Academy. Poland is well known for being great valu
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Make an enquiry with Sunshine World

Mountain Chef-Training Course

Mountain Chef-Training Course


An intense course, giving you kitchen confidence and the practical training you need to truly amaze your guests and manage your chalet kitchen safely and confidently. Mountain Chefs specialise in providing Chalet Chef Cookery Courses. Our open-plan kitchens provide the perfect learning environmen
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Make an enquiry with Mountain Chefs

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

Centre Manager

Centre Manager


Do you have management experience and you're looking for a fun summer managing one of our many centres with a team of amazing people? If you are then join our operations team and apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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

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

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

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.
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Make an enquiry with ArtsEd

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Are you a fun outgoing person looking to enjoy the outdoors instructing activities to our English and international students this summer? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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

Ski Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion
SPECIAL OFFER!

Ski Instructor Training Course with Guaranteed Job on Completion


Our prices are far lower than every other instructor course out there for a number of reasons: - PASSIONATE PROS - QUALITY CHALETS - OUR OWN TRAVEL COMPANY - POLAND IS THE BEST VALUE
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Make an enquiry with Sunshine World

Lifeguard

Lifeguard


Fancy a summer by the pool with some amazing people? If you do then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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

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

Camp Leader

Camp Leader


Are you a positive role model that wants to help students who are away from home for the first time? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

EFL Teacher

EFL Teacher


Do you like the thought of using your skills to teach English to our foreign summer camp students? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor


Are you looking to step up the ladder in the outdoor industry and gain further experience and a residential summer camp. If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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 2020. 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

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

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

Office Manager

Office Manager


Do you pride yourself on attention to detail and enjoy administration and planning? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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

University Basics Cookery Course

University Basics Cookery Course


Is ordering a take-away the sum total of your culinary excellence? Does having a dinner party mean splitting a frozen pizza? Come and join us in the kitchen and you will soon not only be fending for yourself but also impressing friends and family with your new culinary repertoire and skills.
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Make an enquiry with Flora's Kitchen

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor

Outdoor Land and Water Instructor


Donegal Adventure Centre is all about embracing the Wild Atlantic Way's great outdoors. As an Instructor you will coach and supervise our guests in a manner that allows them to have great fun whilst feeling safe and secure.
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Make an enquiry with Donegal Adventure Centre

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

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

Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship


UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore


UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training


This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course


Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy


UKSA’s Watersports Academy is part-funded with guaranteed employment in the UK. You will train in four disciplines and gain all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

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

Trainee Activity Instructor

Trainee Activity Instructor


FREE 12 month instructor training program. We provide all food and accommodation for the year at no cost to the individual. We then train you up in a range of activities, with NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB's) qualifications. We also provide £200 per month subsistence. You must be 18+ yrs old.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with ACUK

Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


Do you want to spend a season training and working as a ski or snowboard instructor? Join the WE ARE SNO instructor internship programme and spend a full winter season in a top resort in either Canada, Japan, New Zealand or Switzerland.
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Make an enquiry with WE ARE SNO




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.