Take your Gap Year in the UK

When most Brits think gap year, their thoughts turn to tropical beaches Far East Asia, or mountain treks in South America, but plenty of people stay much closer to home and take gap years in the UK. And why not! There are plenty of options available, from volunteer work to paid jobs and internships. Apart from the financial savings on transport, not to mention your carbon footprint, we can help your find some great ways to spend your gap year in the UK. Whether you are looking to earn a bit of extra money or develop some new skills to help in your chosen career, we can help.

Or maybe you live in Europe, South Africa or Australia and are thinking about spending some time in the United Kingdom as part of your gap year. We cannot promise unbroken sunshine or world class surfing beaches, but the UK is a great gap year destination with plenty of opportunities for temporary or seasonal work.

We created our UK gap year page in direct reponse to requests from visitors to our website who either wanted to take some time out before embarking upon their career, or were looking for a sabbatical from work in England, Wales or Scotland. For some people the chance to explore another country or continent is a desired part of the experience, but if money is tight, or you have ties to the UK, then it is still perfectly possible to take a gap year in the UK.


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Let us find your perfect UK Gap Year. We can put you in touch with a few outstanding providers who can help you plan and cost your adventure.

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Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor


Are you looking to step up the ladder in the outdoor industry and gain further experience and a residential summer camp. If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Outdoor Jobs (Climb Guide, Abseil Instructor, Ground Crew Staff and many more....)

Outdoor Jobs (Climb Guide, Abseil Instructor, Ground Crew Staff and many more....)


Wire & Sky are looking for dynamic, confident outdoor enthusiasts to work at our exciting aerial adventure visitor experiences in London and the South-East.
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Make an enquiry with Wire & Sky




Centre Manager

Centre Manager


Do you have management experience and you're looking for a fun summer managing one of our many centres with a team of amazing people? If you are then join our operations team and apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Chalet and Villa Cookery Course

Chalet and Villa Cookery Course


You may feel you have nailed the fluffy souffle or can knock up a pretty mean curry but have you got what it takes to work in the industry? If you have already got the basics under your belt, this course will help you refine and extend these skills so that nothing will faze you in the kitchen.
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Make an enquiry with Flora's Kitchen

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


Are you a fun outgoing person looking to enjoy the outdoors instructing activities to our English and international students this summer? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

EFL Teacher

EFL Teacher


Do you like the thought of using your skills to teach English to our foreign summer camp students? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

16-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training

10-week Dinghy & Windsurfing Instructor Training


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training

5-week Windsurfing Instructor Training


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

Instructor Development Programme

Instructor Development Programme


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world.
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

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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Make an enquiry with Mountain Chefs

22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

22-week Multi Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and has been inspiring people for over 35 years and is recognised as a centre of excellence in the development of outdoor professionals that go on to work all over the world. Become and outdoor instructor with no prior training or qualifications.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor


Are you looking to step up the ladder in the outdoor industry and gain further experience and a residential summer camp. If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Lifeguard

Lifeguard


Fancy a summer by the pool with some amazing people? If you do then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Lego Robotics Instructor

Lego Robotics Instructor


Are you handy with coding and want a fun summer? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

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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Make an enquiry with Flora's Kitchen

Office Manager

Office Manager


Do you pride yourself on attention to detail and enjoy administration and planning? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Chalet Cooks Course

Chalet Cooks Course


At the Abinger, you'll build your confidence and culinary skills and learn to create and present contemporary dishes to a fine-dining standard. We love to have fun with food and all of our courses are hands-on, practical and inspired! We offer both 5 & 10 Day Chalet Cooks Courses.
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Make an enquiry with Abinger Cookery School

RYA Dinghy Instructor

RYA Dinghy Instructor


This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses.
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Make an enquiry with Aqua Sports

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)


Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
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Make an enquiry with Walesby Forest

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course

Outdoor Instructor Fast-Track Course


Outdoor Adventure's Fast-Track Instructor Training course is perfect for anyone wanting to enter the Outdoor Industry. You will gain 17 Instructor Awards and Qualifications in 16 weeks, with training, assessments, food and accommodation included leaving you prepared and excited about your new career
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Make an enquiry with Outdoor Adventure

Camp Leader

Camp Leader


Are you a positive role model that wants to help students who are away from home for the first time? If you are then join our team of amazing people this summer. Apply today.
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Make an enquiry with Xplore The World

Surf Instructor

Surf Instructor


Just you, your board and the wave. Once mastered there is nothing to match this sport. When you stand up and ride your first unbroken wave you will be hooked. Surfing will become your reason to travel, searching out the best spots. And after Flying Fish, surfing can become your whole way of life.
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Make an enquiry with OutdoorJAC

Outdoor Jobs (Climb Guide, Abseil Instructor, Ground Crew Staff and many more....)

Outdoor Jobs (Climb Guide, Abseil Instructor, Ground Crew Staff and many more....)


Wire & Sky are looking for dynamic, confident outdoor enthusiasts to work at our exciting aerial adventure visitor experiences in London and the South-East.
Get more details & apply
Make an enquiry with Wire & Sky

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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Make an enquiry with UKSA

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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Make an enquiry with ACUK

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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Make an enquiry with UKSA

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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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course

Fast Track Dinghy Instructor Course


The fast track dinghy instructor can run as a two week (experienced sailors) or four week (no experience)option. By then end of the course you will have completed your RYA dinghy instructor training and assessment, RYA powerboat level 2 and RYA First Aid (the pre requisites to complete the course).
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Make an enquiry with Galloway Activity Centre