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


Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
More Details.. 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.
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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


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.
More Details.. EA Ski and Snowboard



Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.
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Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball, swimming or skiing. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world or enjoy combining your love of skiing or snowboarding with instructing. Combine sport and travel passions and make a difference
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Multi-Activity Instructor

Multi-Activity Instructor

Delphi Resort is located in the heart of the scenically breath-taking Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. It has everything the outdoor enthusiast is looking for in a workplace nestled between spectacular mountains to climb and with stunning beaches,lakes and rivers at your doorstep.
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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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Childcare Gap Year

Childcare Gap Year

Volunteering on childcare projects puts beaming smiles on the faces of vulnerable children. By simple interaction and play, be part of helping children learn English and supporting their carers who really appreciate your help. Oyster offer worthwhile projects in Africa, North and South America.
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Housekeeping Assistant

Housekeeping Assistant

PGL are currently recruiting new staff to join the team as Housekeeping Assistants in 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to join a friendly, knowledgeable hospitality team in a fun working environment.
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Medical Experience Abroad

Medical Experience Abroad

By volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project you will have the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by medical institutions across the developing world. You will have the chance to gain work experience whilst helping some of the poorest people in the world.
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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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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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Summer Projects

Summer Projects

Our Short-term Special projects are group trips for 16-19 year olds and run throughout the summer months. If you have time to spare over the summer holidays then why not join us on one of our short programmes designed especially for you.
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Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY IN SWITZERLAND STARTING 08 SEPTEMBER! Dynamic staff required to help supervise Multi-Activity programmes in Switzerland for English speaking international schools. (Short term contract 1-3 weeks)
More Details.. Viamonde



Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Teach abroad with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Our 120 hour online TEFL course is your ticket to new adventures overseas! You will be trained and gain qualifications that will enable you to teach all around the world, our qualifications are accepted in nearly every country, all you have to do is decide where you want to go, South Africa or China
More Details.. Love TEFL



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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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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Building Projects

Building Projects

Volunteering on a Building Project with Projects Abroad will give you a great opportunity to help construct, repair and build houses or classrooms across the developing world. Whatever you are involved with you will have the opportunity to make a long term difference to the community.
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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.
More Details.. Oyster Worldwide



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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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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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.
More Details.. 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.
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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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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy

This Watersports Academy course is aimed at students aged 18-25 who want to train and work in the UK. For maximum employability, you will qualify in teaching dinghy sailing, paddleboard, Paddlesport and windsurfing – making you very desirable within the watersports industry.
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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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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.