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Teaching Abroad

Get teaching exprience helping with sports coaching, looking after young children at an American summer camp, or teach English abroad.

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Caring Projects

Give your time to help look after people and animals. Work as an au pair or nanny, gain some valuable medical experience, or help animals.

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Conservation Work

The modern world is changing, and many ecosystems are struggling to adapt to the pressures placed upon them. Volunteer and help.

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Adventure Travel

Traditional seasonal gap travel through South East Asia and Australia is still popular, but the there are plenty more adventurous options too.

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Teaching and Literacy Projects in Victoria Falls

Teaching and Literacy Projects in Victoria Falls

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As a volunteer on this rural school literacy programme you will provide much-needed assistance to schools in Victoria Falls. Using literacy packs, you will help teachers in the classroom plus introduce children to their wildlife heritage and give them the skills they need to meet life's challenges....
Posted by: Conservation Travel Africa

Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

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The Oggy Oggy Team Child Car programs support a range of children and their needs. These children could have been abandoned, have learning difficulties or suffered abuse. Working with local teams you can learn new child care and social care skills, use your life experience in real life situations....
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Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

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Get involved in the daily care and rehabilitation of orphaned and abandoned animals and assist with animal release projects. We select our wildlife sanctuary programmes very carefully and only work with responsible projects who meet our strict hands-off criteria and do not breed captive lions....
Posted by: Conservation Travel Africa

Adventure travel

Adventure travel

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Our trips and tours across the globe offer the perfect combination of adrenalin-fuelled activities, cultural immersion and sightseeing. Whether you want to unleash your wild side with lions on the African plains or take in the best of Thailand, we can help you plan your ultimate gap year trip!...
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Gap Year Ideas

5 Coolest Destinations

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brazil destinationWith so many choices, how do you know which countries and destinations are going to provice the best gap year experience for your money? Get gap year ideas and find out the best places on Earth to Gap Year.

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10 Best Countries to Explore

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globeFrom Australia to South Africa and plenty more places inbetween, this is our guide for gap year explorers looking for the best coutries for thier gap year.

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The changing face of volunteering abroad

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gap year typesTravellers want to spend a month here and a month there, perhaps working on several projects in several different countries to really make the most of their gap year. We take a look at the wide range of opportunities currently available.

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How taking a year out became the norm

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backpacking asiaThese days we are all familiar with the concept of putting our life on hold, heading off and seeing the world before we put down roots. But where did it all start? Who were the original 'gappers'?

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Paid Working Holiday Ideas

Earn some money while you travel the world


Once the idea takes hold, choosing to take a year out or gap year, usually before or after university, has long been an easy decision for many young people. Once you buy a house, or get married and have children, it become more difficult to just take off and explore. But the rising cost of, well, everything, not least tuition fees, has put unprecedented demand upon the type of working holiday that pays you for your time.

Obviously, restricting yourself to this type of 'gap' will limit the courses available to you, but we offer plenty of ideas for you to explore, and if the trip has to pay for itself, you may have no other choice. The main advantage is that money will be hitting your bank on a regular basis, and the main disadvantage - the trip will seem less of a holiday, more real work.



Volunteer Projects

Inspirational gap years helping people and places less fortunate


The idea of Volunteering has inspired countless people to involve themselves with projects traditionally thought of as 'someone else's problem'. And volunteering has long been the most popular way to get out and see more of the world. There are millions of people on every continent who either need direct help with food, shelter and medicine, or who require assistance with community projects that will enrich the lives of local populations. There is also the chance to help with ecological projects; protecting wildlife from poachers, or marine life from pollution. Working with local people allows you to see different cultures first hand, and will give you a better understanding of the wider world.

These volunteer projects are offered by companies who are experts in their field. Many of them have been established for decades, and either have local guides and helpers who will assist you during your experience, or else they are actually live and work in the place you will visit.

A year of travelling around the world, or a two month project in one small town, however you would like to enjoy your time overseas, you will find plenty of inspirational gap year ideas here on OutdoorJAC.