Take your Gap Year in USA & Canada

English speaking USA and Canada are popular with gap year travellers. This vast continent provides a wide range of gap year projects, from environmental volunteer work, to paid care jobs. Most gap year students choose to take part in a number of shorter courses that allow them to travel around and see more places. Alternatively you may wish to take up a more permanent role that includes a wage, and use that money to travel before your working holiday visa expires. Both the US and Canada are home to people from all over the world, making it relatively easy to settle in without much in the way of culture shock.

The United States of America and Canada have always been viewed as a land of opportunity. Close ties with the UK, combined with the dominance of the English language, means that course providers offer a good range of opportunities in North America. You will need to decide whether you want to stay and work in one place, or travel around in order to see as much of the continent as possible.


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POPULAR NORTH AMERICA COURSES


Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

PMGY offer some of the most amazing childcare volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Discover the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere by volunteering with Blue Ventures at our remote, palm-dotted dive camp. Help us collect critical marine inventory data together with our science and dive professionals in a UNESCO World Heritage listed Marine Reserve and National Park.
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OUR FEATURED GAP YEARS


Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
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ALL GAP TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
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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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Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
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Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Teaching Volunteer Programs From £150

PMGY offer some of the most amazing teaching volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job

Qualify as a Level 1 ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler and then teach for the rest of the season! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. The CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor training and exam are included. Book now!
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Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
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Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Join a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime at our beautiful dive camp in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve in order to improve your dive skills, learn about the marine environment, survey and hunt and dissect invasive lionfish, and contribute to valuable marine research.
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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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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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Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning volunteer travel organisation, working across 17 countries in Africa, Asia & South America. PMGY provide a safe, structured and social experience with opportunities available from 1-36 weeks.
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Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

Work in the USA as a Camp Counselor

You will be spending your summer months working at a fantastic summer camp in the USA! Wild Packs specialise in finding summer camp jobs (based all over America) for hundreds of young people every year. We look to support enthusiastic individuals who are eager for a challenge!
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Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

Affordable Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs From £220

PMGY offer some of the most amazing medical volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 2-weeks to 6-months.
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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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Summer hospitality work in the Rockies

Summer hospitality work in the Rockies

Working in housekeeping or the food department in a Canadian hotel is the perfect opportunity to work through summer, exploring a new country and earning money during your stay. With plenty of free time to venture into the surrounding countryside, this role offers a unique opportunity.
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Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
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Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
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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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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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Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Marine Conservation Expedition in Belize

Discover the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere by volunteering with Blue Ventures at our remote, palm-dotted dive camp. Help us collect critical marine inventory data together with our science and dive professionals in a UNESCO World Heritage listed Marine Reserve and National Park.
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Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Wildlife Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

PMGY offer some of the most amazing wildlife conservation volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

Affordable Childcare Volunteer Programs From £150

PMGY offer some of the most amazing childcare volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months.
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7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler

7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler

Gain your ski instructor qualifications and become a pro in just 7 weeks on our course in Whistler Blackcomb. If you are short on time, this is one of the quickest ways to get your CSIA Level 1 and 2. Exam fees included. This course also includes the Avalanche Skills Level 1 course!
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Popular North American Destinations:
USA, Canada

Quick America Facts:
Population - 500 million
Languages - English, and French in Canada

Visa Information:
You will need a working holiday visa. Check with the Foreign Office for more information!

Gap travel in America

The USA and Canada cover such a vast area (Canada is the second largest country in the world by area, and USA the third), which means there really is something for everyone. The USA has some of the major cities of the world like New York and San Francisco where you'll find famous landmarks and diverse cultures. Canada is considered the must visit country for wilderness lovers because you'll find amazing ski resorts high up in the mountains, the most rugged and spectacular landscapes and some of the most famous natural wonders of the world like Niagara Falls.

A popular choice by thousands of British travellers each year is to teach a range of activities to children at one of the many Summer Camps throughout North America. This is a fantastic option if you want to spend time working in a foreign country and building your experience, perhaps before or during university, and it allows you to earn money to fund further travel after the job finishes meaning you can make the most of your time overseas and see as much of the country as possible.

For those who want some action and adventure on their North American gap year, why not try a mountain biking course or train as a ski instructor and work a season at one of the top resorts in Canada. Work on a ranch in the USA, or help out as a community volunteer in a school, or wildlife centre. The choices are endless.

Working holidays Canada

The ten provinces and three territories of Canada form a country larger than the United States. Canada is a land of contrasts; the vast, flat wheat producing prairies, sit alongside the towering, jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockie Mountains. In such a landscape, gap years come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice, and visa information. And research the climate for the part of Canada you are heading to as the temperature extremes of hot and cold are far greater than we are used to in the UK.

Sports Courses Canada

Improve your skiing and snowboarding technique and qualify to teach the basics to tourists at some of Canada's premier winter resorts, including Whistler and Lake Louise. Some of the courses offered by our advertisers below also guarantee a paid job at the end of your gap year course. Alternatively enjoy a month long mountain biking course designed to improve your skills and allow you to experience some single track we can only dream of here in the UK.

Canadian Working Holiday Visas

Get help with finding employment in Canada with support, advice and tips from some of the best gap year companies. There is a wide range of work available if you are persistent and are flexible about the type of work you are willing to do. There are season opportunities in the winter sports resorts, and when the snow melts you will find plenty of work in bars and cafes, harvest work, and jobs on farms.

Wilderness Experience

Whilst cities like Vancouver and Toronto with their incredible standards of living are popular places to visit and live, one of the main attractions for many people visiting Canada is the wilderness. An almost incomprehesible amount of land is still completely untamed and is a big pull for people looking for a true outdoor adventure. Perhaps you could fill your Canadian gap year with a few weeks under canvas on a guided tour of the great outdoors.