Adventurous Gap Year Projects

So what counts as an adventurous gap? In one sense, travelling half way around the world and spending anything up to a year immersed in a different culture is going to be a real adventure, but this section is less about digging wells in sub-Saharan Africa, and more about making your way to Everest base camp, or learning how to teach people to ski in the Canandian Rockies.

So what counts as an adventurous gap? In one sense, travelling half way around the world and spending anything up to a year immersed in a different culture is going to be a real adventure, but this section is less about digging wells in sub-Saharan Africa, and more about making your way to Everest base camp, or learning how to teach people to ski in the Canandian Rockies.

When choosing the course that is right for you, make sure you think about how much 'hand holding' you want there to be. Some companies take care of everything for you, from meeting you at the airport to feeding you each night. On other projects you are expected to sort yourself out and make your own adventure. Read the small print on each option to make sure you get what you are expecting.



Paid Work
Paid Work

map pin Australasia, North America, Europe, Asia

renumeration icon Paid work abroad

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....
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website


Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)
Trainee Activity Instructor (One Year post)

map pin Europe

renumeration icon Accommodation, full board plus benefits

FACT offer a range of outdoor adventure activities to a wide variety of groups in the context of a Christian community. We welcome schools, youth groups, individuals and more to our converted lightvessel, Trinity, moored on the Essex coast. Each day is different but every one is full of adventure....
Posted by: Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust Website


Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America
Climbing Jobs at Summer Camp America

map pin USA

renumeration icon Between $800-$1150 pay

Work as a climbing instructor in the USA, whether it be rock climbing, low or high ropes, teaching children in traditional American summer camps with Camp Leaders...
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website


Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure

map pin Central America

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

See the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this unique Central America gap year adventure. From the deep and dense Cost Rican rainforest to quaint Caribbean beach towns, you will experience paradise in all its glory....
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website



 Sumatra Orangutan Protection
Sumatra Orangutan Protection

map pin Asia

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia Island adventure!...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Paddlesport Guide Course
Paddlesport Guide Course

map pin Europe

renumeration icon Training Course

Our paddlesports guide development course is for anyone who has ever wanted to become a guide and develop their personal and leadership skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will help progress your skills taking you on your own personalised pathway to becoming a paddlesports instructor....
Posted by: Beyond Adventure
Beyond Adventure Website


Summer Camp in America
Summer Camp in America

map pin North America

renumeration icon $800-$1150

Spend 3 months having the most epic summer at camp in America. Travel the states and earn up to $1150 in pocket money. Become a Camp Counselor and push yourself to be a better person, you will walk away from the summer as a problem solver, a communicator and a team player. ...
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website


Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International
Volunteer in Tanzania with Raleigh International

map pin Africa

renumeration icon Volunteer project

In Tanzania, our work focuses on improving community managed water and sanitation systems and building community resilience. You will gain experience of sustainable development work and help this incredible country to move forwards towards a secure future, whilst developing skills for yourself....
Posted by: Raleigh International
Raleigh International Website



Chef De partie
Chef De partie

map pin France

renumeration icon Upon Application

Working closely with every member of the kitchen team The Chef De Partie (CDP) will be responsible for the smooth running of any of the sections within the Kitchen. Sections may include Prep, Stock and Larder, Starters, Grill and Mains or Desserts....
Posted by: Alpine Elements
Alpine Elements Website


Sports Coaching Jobs in America
Sports Coaching Jobs in America

map pin America

renumeration icon Between $800-$1150 pay for the summer

Coach sports to children in USA Summer Camps with Camp Leaders. The summer camp in America programme offers you the opportunity to gain over 500 hours of hands-on sports coaching, whether it's soccer, tennis, basketball or many more....
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website


Superyacht Career Entry Courses
Superyacht Career Entry Courses

map pin Thailand

renumeration icon Training Course

Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry....
Posted by: Galileo Maritime Academy
Galileo Maritime Academy Website


Australia Adventure
Australia Adventure

map pin Australasia

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

Select either our 7-day Australia Essentials program with 12 month Job seeking assistance, or our 5 week Australia Explore program which includes everything in the Essentials package plus a 3 week East Coast Adventure and a week of either Surf lessons, Outback ranch or Dive training - you decide! ...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website



Ski Instructor Course
Ski Instructor Course

map pin Europe

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of centrally located in Morzine, the largest town of the Portes Du Soleil ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world. ...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150

map pin Africa, Asia & South America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

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....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website


Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course
Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

map pin UK

renumeration icon Training Course. However, lots of work opportunities exist following training.

Work alongside Bear’s skilled team of adventure and survival experts and as the Academy grows on an international scale work on a wide range of outdoor survival courses. Passing the course provides accredited qualifications for teaching and assisting to teach in the outdoor sector....
Posted by: Bear Grylls Survival Academy
Bear Grylls Survival Academy Website


Housekeeping Assistant, France
Housekeeping Assistant, France

map pin France

renumeration icon Competitive wage + meals and accommodation package and full training

PGL's Housekeeping Assistant roles in France are a good platform to get started in hospitality and fantastic job to enjoy with a team of like-minded people from around the world. First impressions are always important and you can help deliver a positive and lasting first impression for our guests....
Posted by: PGL
PGL Website



Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International
Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International

map pin Central America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Volunteer on a Raleigh Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica and experience two very different countries and cultures. Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua or in remote areas of Costa Rica, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet....
Posted by: Raleigh International
Raleigh International Website


Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America
Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America

map pin North America, South America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Maximo Nivel’s volunteer programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru provide unique opportunities to live and work in Latin America, while giving back to the global community and immersing yourself in the local culture....
Posted by: Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel Website


Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand
Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand

map pin Australasia

renumeration icon Training course

Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape....
Posted by: Pure Exploration
Pure Exploration Website


Ski Instructor Course
Ski Instructor Course

map pin North America

renumeration icon Training Course

Choose life in the mountains and make your gap year count by qualifying as a ski instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun and training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfers...
Posted by: The Winter Sports Company
The Winter Sports Company Website



The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program
The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program

map pin Japan

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships programs. Turn what you love into a career with a guaranteed job offer at your chosen resort. Choose from nine world-class resorts across Japan to earn, learn, and play....
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard Website


General Assistant Hotel
General Assistant Hotel

map pin Europe

renumeration icon 450 per month

General Assistant role, based in the Chateau du Baffy in Normandy, France. Reporting to the General Manager to provide an excellent level of restaurant service, house-keeping and guest liaison (both to the school group and adult guests) staying at the Chateau....
Posted by: Select Chalets
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Outdoor Instructor Training Programme
Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

map pin Northern Ireland, Co Fermanagh

renumeration icon £75 a week months 1 - 6 & £125 a week months 7 - 12

Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months....
Posted by: Share Discovery Village
Share Discovery Village Website


Expedition Leadership Training
Expedition Leadership Training

map pin Europe, Central America

renumeration icon Training Course

Quite possibly the best gap year on the planet! Join us on a four month expedition starting with training in the UK then leadership and survival training in the jungles of Central America. Jobs offered to the top candidates!...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website



Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia
Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

map pin Argentina, Chile

renumeration icon Training course

Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal. ...
Posted by: Pure Exploration
Pure Exploration Website


Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America
Watersports Instructor Summer Camp America

map pin North America

renumeration icon Between $800-$1150 pay

Watersports jobs in America with Camp Leaders, including windsurfing, waterskiing, wake boarding and boating. Lead water activities for children's summer camps in America....
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website


Adventure Instructor
Adventure Instructor

map pin UK

renumeration icon £1175 - £1217 per month depending on a experience

Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives....
Posted by: In 2 Action
In 2 Action Website


Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure

map pin Asia

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

A trip to three of South East Asia’s most sought-after destinations. Encompassing both conservation-based volunteer projects and traditional backpacking, the South-East Asia adventure is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to set out on one of the world’s most iconic traveller routes....
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website



Apprentice Activity Leader
Apprentice Activity Leader

map pin UK

renumeration icon Apprenticeship

We are getting ready for a huge year of adventure, and we would love you to be part of it. If you’re passionate about working in the outdoors, inspiring young people to learn through having fun and helping them to become the best they can be....
Posted by: Kingswood
Kingswood Website


Instructor Training + guaranteed job
Instructor Training + guaranteed job

map pin Canada, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

EA Ski & Snowboard is the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor courses. Choose from over 30 resorts in five countries to learn, earn and play this winter. EA Ski & Snowboard's programs are the gateway to a career in snowsports. ...
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard Website


Tour Leader - Paris
Tour Leader - Paris

map pin Europe

renumeration icon Competitive wage + meals and accommodation package and full training

Becoming a PGL Tour Leader is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in French culture and get involved with one of PGL’s most popular school trips – tailor-made French study tours to the wonderful city of Paris....
Posted by: PGL
PGL Website


Summer Camp Lifeguard in America
Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

map pin North America

renumeration icon Between $800-$1150 pay

Work as a lifeguard in a summer camp America with Camp Leaders for 9 weeks. Work as part of a team of lifeguards who run the camp pool and lake, organising activities and pool parties, whilst keeping everyone safe and keeping the pool clean....
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website



Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America
Outdoor Instructor Leader at Summer Camp America

map pin USA

renumeration icon Between $800-$1150 pay for the summer

Work as an outdoor and adventure trip leader at a USA Summer Camp with Camp Leaders, running activities with children of all ages. From Orienteering to Nature and Hiking, you can work in America for your summer job abroad with Camp Leaders....
Posted by: Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders Website


Summer Camp Canada
Summer Camp Canada

map pin North America

renumeration icon Minimum of $1,500 CAN

You will have heard of summer camp in America but did you know there are also summer camps in Canada? A summer at a camp in Canada is your chance to work abroad in one of the most stunning counties in the world. Become a camp counselor or activity leader at an accredited Canadian camp....
Posted by: Smaller Earth
Smaller Earth Website


Europe Tour
Europe Tour

map pin Europe

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as we take you to 10 mind-blowing countries in just 25 days!...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Adventure Guide Program - Africa
Adventure Guide Program - Africa

map pin Africa

renumeration icon Training course

Our program isn’t your usual African jeep safari experience. We go deeper into the mountains and jungles, beyond the tourist route to small game reserves and savannahs focused on sustainability. You’ll be surfing at J-Bay & horse trekking, viewing the big-5 but also so many other amazing animals...
Posted by: Pure Exploration
Pure Exploration Website



International Educator Program
International Educator Program

map pin Asia, Central America, South America

renumeration icon Training course

Leading change on a global scale. Helping small communities revive ecological regions. Protecting native biodiversities. Helping to break the cycle of poverty. Our International Educator program is all about travelling with a difference, travelling making a difference....
Posted by: Pure Exploration
Pure Exploration Website


Fighting Global Warming and Poverty
Fighting Global Warming and Poverty

map pin South America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

18 months Work, Study and Travel program 6 months in St. Vincent * 6 months in Belize or Ecuador * 6 months in St. Vincent. As you train to become a development instructor you will be challenged to build your capacity and increase your understanding of the world. ...
Posted by: Richmond Vale Academy
Richmond Vale Academy Website


Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International
Volunteer overseas with Raleigh International

map pin Africa, Asia, Central America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Raleigh Expeditions are a unique 3-in-1 opportunity to work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure challenges. We organise year-round volunteering programmes to Tanzania, Nepal, Malaysian Borneo, Nicaragua & Costa Rica for 4, 5, 7 and 10-weeks. ...
Posted by: Raleigh International
Raleigh International Website


Work as a Ski Instructor
Work as a Ski Instructor

map pin North America, Europe

renumeration icon Paid

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 Romania and earn money whilst enjoying the season on these fantastic slopes!...
Posted by: Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide Website



Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland
Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

map pin Switzerland

renumeration icon Generous salary, accommodation, meals, accident & liability insurance

If you enjoy working with children, join our team of international staff in Switzerland for an incredibly rewarding experience in a beautiful mountain resort. You will instruct and assist in a programme of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and orienteering....
Posted by: Viamonde
Viamonde Website


Adventure Manager
Adventure Manager

map pin UK

renumeration icon £1386 per month

Lead an adventure team and strive for the best outdoor residential centre in the UK. You will be responsible for all aspects of the operation from leading the staff team, liaising with the site regarding meals and accommodation and being the main contract for teachers whilst onsite....
Posted by: In 2 Action
In 2 Action Website


Flexible Event Bar and Waiting Staff in London
Flexible Event Bar and Waiting Staff in London

map pin UK

renumeration icon £7.50-£10 an hour

Are you living in London and looking for exciting, flexible work? HIGH SOCIETY is here for you! We are a staffing agency that provides part-time bar and waiting staff for fantastic events in London. We have an excellent reputation built up over 20 years and would love to welcome you on board!...
Posted by: High Society
High Society Website


Climate Activism in the Caribbean
Climate Activism in the Caribbean

map pin South America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Join a 1 or 6 months intensive program with studies, courses and actions to make the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ready for Climate Change. 1 Month cost 900 USD. 6 Months cost 2900 USD. ...
Posted by: Richmond Vale Academy
Richmond Vale Academy Website



Gap Year Snow Jobs
Gap Year Snow Jobs

map pin Japan, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Europe

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

Want to get paid to do what you love? Want to train and play in world-class ski resorts? Want to gain an internationally recognised qualification? SPECIAL OFFER: Sign up for an EA course before 1 October 2018 and we'll give you a brand new Go Pro Hero 6 to take with you this winter. ...
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard Website


Snowboard Instructor Course
Snowboard Instructor Course

map pin North America

renumeration icon Training Course

Choose life in the mountains, make your gap year count by qualifying as a snowboard instructor. We take care of everything so you can focus of having fun & training. Courses in Canada include accommodation, meals, tuition, level 1 exam and season lift pass, and the option to add flights & transfer...
Posted by: The Winter Sports Company
The Winter Sports Company Website


Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International
Create Lasting change in Nepal with Raleigh International

map pin Asia

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Join a Raleigh Expedition in Nepal for 5, 7 or 10-weeks. Nepal is a land that has captivated travellers for generations. Sandwiched between India and China it is at a cross roads of cultures and religions. With the vast Himalayas as its backdrop, few other countries rival Nepal’s natural beauty. ...
Posted by: Raleigh International
Raleigh International Website


Camp Counselor in France
Camp Counselor in France

map pin Europe

renumeration icon 1170 euros per month

We’ve been running English camps for French children since 1994! With multiple locations across France, American Village Language Immersion Camps welcome thousands of kids each year. Our caring, fun, and professional counselor team is a part of what makes our camp so loved by our campers!...
Posted by: American Villlage
American Villlage Website



Gap Year Programs in Latin America
Gap Year Programs in Latin America

map pin North America, South America

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

Gap year programs are transformative. The more life experience you bring to university and to your career the more successful you will be. This is because you are more focused and more aware of what you actually want to do. There are so many great reasons to travel!...
Posted by: Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel Website


Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180
Affordable Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs From £180

map pin Africa, Asia & South America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

PMGY offer some of the most amazing Under 18 volunteer projects in gorgeous, exotic locations abroad from 1-week to 6-months....
Posted by: Plan My Gap Year
Plan My Gap Year Website


 Nepal & India Adventure
Nepal & India Adventure

map pin Nepal

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

Join us on an amazing 5 week diverse adventure through the Himalayas, exploring some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the world. Combine rewarding community work with an incredible trek to the Everest Base Camp for your complete Himalayan adventure!...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Expedition Leader Program
Expedition Leader Program

map pin Asia, Central America, South America

renumeration icon Training course

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. ...
Posted by: Pure Exploration
Pure Exploration Website



Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers
Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

map pin Thailand

renumeration icon Starting salaries from Euro 2,000, rising to Euro 8,000 per month, with all expenses - food, accommodation, travel, insurance etc included free.

Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht? ...
Posted by: Galileo Maritime Academy
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Costa Rica Marine Adventure
Costa Rica Marine Adventure

map pin Central America

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Join our tropical Marine Conservation project in Costa Rica and scuba dive in one of the world's most stunning settings. Once fully trained, volunteer at our Sea Turtle conservation project and help protect marine life. Gain three PADI qualifications. See Manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales....
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Bahamas Marine Conservation
Bahamas Marine Conservation

map pin Caribbean

renumeration icon Volunteer project

Join our Volunteer Marine Conservation project in the Bahamas and help create UNESCO protected marine parks, assist local communities and teach conservation awareness in primary schools. Learn to dive, become a PADI Advanced Diver! ...
Posted by: Gapforce
Gapforce Website


Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship
Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship

map pin Canada

renumeration icon $12 - $22 per hour, depending on resort

Life on a ski or snowboard internships is pretty sweet! Spend 3 weeks training to be a ski or snowboard instructor with some of Canada's top CSIA/CASI trainers, then you'll take the level 1 exam and have a guaranteed job with the sports school for the rest of the winter season. Apply today....
Posted by: The Winter Sports Company
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses
Paid Ski Instructor Courses

map pin Canada, Japan, Switzerland

renumeration icon Full training + hourly wage

We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below! ...
Posted by: WE ARE SNO
WE ARE SNO Website


BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2
BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2

map pin France

renumeration icon Training Course

A comprehensive level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor course in the greatest resort in the French Alps. With a huge ski area, in the most snow sure area in Europe, there is no greater place to train for your BASI ski instructor qualification. ...
Posted by: The Winter Sports Company
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