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 Tour

Europe Tour


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!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

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




Wildlife Research in a Big 5 Reserve

Wildlife Research in a Big 5 Reserve


You will be part of a small team of rangers and researchers doing research and wildlife monitoring helping to the wildlife reserve to run successfully. You will be tracking hyena's, cheetahs and looking after rhino's, lions and elephant populations. A truly exciting adventure.
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Make an enquiry with African Conservation Experience

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 and 2 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 £549 for 7 days...
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Make an enquiry with Skiworld

General Assistant Hotel

General Assistant Hotel


General Assistant role, based in the Chateau du Baffy in Normandy, France. Reporting to the General Manager to provide an excellent level of restaurant service, house-keeping and guest liaison (both to the school group and adult guests) staying at the Chateau.
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Make an enquiry with Select Chalets

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

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

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

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

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

Expedition Leadership Training

Expedition Leadership Training


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!
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

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

Gap Year Snow Jobs
SPECIAL OFFER!

Gap Year Snow Jobs


Want to get paid to do what you love? Want to train and play in world-class ski resorts? Want to gain an internationally recognised qualification? SPECIAL OFFER: Sign up for an EA course before 1 October 2018 and we'll give you a brand new Go Pro Hero 6 to take with you this winter.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

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

Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)

Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)


FACT offer a range of outdoor adventure activities to a wide variety of groups in the context of a Christian community. We welcome schools, youth groups, individuals and more to our converted lightvessel, Trinity, moored on the Essex coast. Each day is different but every one is full of adventure.
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Make an enquiry with Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Paddlesport Guide Course

Paddlesport Guide Course


Our paddlesports guide development course is for anyone who has ever wanted to become a guide and develop their personal and leadership skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will help progress your skills taking you on your own personalised pathway to becoming a paddlesports instructor.
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Make an enquiry with Beyond Adventure

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

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

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

Instructor Training + guaranteed job
SPECIAL OFFER!

Instructor Training + guaranteed job


EA Ski & Snowboard is the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor courses. Choose from over 30 resorts in five countries to learn, earn and play this winter. EA Ski & Snowboard's programs are the gateway to a career in snowsports.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

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 Villlage

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 Romania and earn money whilst enjoying the season on these fantastic slopes!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Europe Tour

Europe Tour


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!
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Gapforce

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

Medical Work Experience

Medical Work Experience


Our projects offering medical experience are an excellent way to boost your university application and to give you a great foundation towards your medical degree. Get practical experience with both medicine and healthcare and at the same time be helping those who really need it.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

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

Ski Instructor Course

Ski Instructor Course


Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of centrally located in Morzine, the largest town of the Portes Du Soleil ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world.
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Make an enquiry with Gapforce

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

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

Snowboard Instructor Courses

Snowboard Instructor Courses


Snow Trainers offers some of the best courses in the industry with a team of experienced and qualified staff, we are sure to make your adventure with us the best experience it can be.
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Make an enquiry with Snow Trainers

Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan 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

BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2
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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2


A comprehensive level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor course in the greatest resort in the French Alps. With a huge ski area, in the most snow sure area in Europe, there is no greater place to train for your BASI ski instructor qualification.
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Make an enquiry with The Winter Sports Company

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

Heli-Guide Course

Heli-Guide Course


Snow Trainers offers some of the best courses in the industry with a team of experienced and qualified staff, we are sure to make your adventure with us the best experience it can be.
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Make an enquiry with Snow Trainers

Ski Instructor Course

Ski Instructor Course


Snow Trainers offers some of the best courses in the industry with a team of experienced and qualified staff, we are sure to make your adventure with us the best experience it can be.
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Make an enquiry with Snow Trainers


europe map

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.

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.

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.