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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POPULAR EUROPE COURSES


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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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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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


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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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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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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ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


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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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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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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Resort Representative

Resort Representative

Ski Peak is a family run company that specialises in Vaujany. We operate 4 self-catered chalets and will have 3 staff Your responsibilities will include: Welcoming guests Being approachable and helpful at all times Cleaning of entire chalet every weekend and once during week for Saskia
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.