Take your Gap Year in India

India is a country torn between extremes of wealth and poverty with a huge gulf between the rich and the poor. Gap year jobs in India are plentiful, with real opportunities to contribute to the lives of people who really need help. Volunteering in India can involve working with local community projects, teaching English to children in rural schools or to business people in the sprawling cities.


Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad


The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million students learning the language at any given time. Whether on a gap year or a graduate, we have the course for you. Choose either to join our Teach and Earn programme or our China TEFL programme
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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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Medical Work Experience

Medical Work Experience


Our medical internships are an excellent way to boost your medical CV, whether for your career or university application. You'll gain knowledge of an alternative medical system and gain practical experience working alongside doctors and nurses.
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Expedition Leader Program

Expedition Leader Program


This is a comprehensive program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.
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india map

Popular Indian Destinations:
Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai

Quick India Facts:
Population - 1.2 billion
Languages - Hindi and English are common, English less widely spoken in rural areas.

Visa Information:
You will need an employment visa to work in India. Check current advice from the Foreign Office!

1. Improve your skills and job prospects

Depending upon the type of gap year you choose, a year out can be a great way to learn new skills, both personal and social skills, and those skills more specifically targeted at the type of work being undertaken. India is a heady mix of old, traditional methods of work and cutting edge industrial practices.

2. Meet new people

Gap years are an excellent opportunity to make new life-long friends. You will get to know people while you are cooking, when travelling, and when working on your chosen project. The majority of people in India are among the most friendly and welcoming you could hope to find anywhere in the world. Taking the opportunity to talk to the local people, not just your fellow gap year participants, will be very rewarding. You will be a world away from what you are used to, so make the most of it. Talking to the locals is a learning experience not to be missed.

3. Make a difference

Volunteering or taking a paid work project in India can make a real difference to the lives of the local people. Whether you are helping protect their environment, or more directly assisting with their health or education, you can be sure that when you return from your gap year you will have had made a positive contribution that you can be proud of.

4. Leave the tourist trail

Of course gap years in Indian cities like New Deli, Bangalore and Cennai are always going to attract the larges numbers of participants, but some careful research will reveal gap year opportunities in many parts of India's vast and varied terrain. We feature gap year providers offering medical work experience and environmental management courses in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, business internships in Mumbai and rural literacy programmes in Udaipur.

5. Learn a new language

In a country where there are 29 different languages spoken by more than a million people, the location of your gap year in India is likely to be one of the deciding factors on which language you will be able to practice with the local people. Hindi is the official language, though English is also widely spoken.