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.



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


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


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


Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland
Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland

map pin Africa

renumeration icon Volunteer Project

Volunteer to help care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland or South Africa. Assist with pre-school education and facilitating the All Out Africa syllabus of activities, provide meals, helping to guide the children, while giving them care and adult support....
Posted by: All Out Africa
All Out Africa Website



Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth
Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth

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

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

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....
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard Website


School Groups Co ordinator
School Groups Co ordinator

map pin England

renumeration icon £14000 - £16000 pro rata

Blackwell Adventure is an Outdoor Activity provider delivering residential activities to schools. We deliver adventurous activities and in an amazing setting staying in our house and tented villages....
Posted by: Blackwell Adventure
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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


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



Au Pair in Australia
Au Pair in Australia

map pin Australasia

renumeration icon $195-375 per week and a $300 bonus

AIFS Au Pair in Australia is a life-changing & affordable way to experience Australia. As an Au Pair in Australia you'll live with an Australian host family providing up to 40 hours of childcare. It's a great way to immerse yourself in a new cultural, travel to new places & develop your experience...
Posted by: Au Pair Australia
Au Pair Australia 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


Adventure Manager
Adventure Manager

map pin UK

renumeration icon £'s competitive + food + accommodation + travel

Our Adventure Managers are crucial to the success of our school residential activity sites. Leading a team and ensuring adults and children have the best experience with us will be a key part of the job! ...
Posted by: In 2 Action
In 2 Action 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



Child Care in Cape Town
Child Care in Cape Town

map pin Africa

renumeration icon Volunteer Project

Volunteer to help care for underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa. This project aims to provide support to some of the preschool centers that have opened in townships to assist these children. ...
Posted by: All Out Africa
All Out Africa Website


Activity Instructor
Activity Instructor

map pin France and UK

renumeration icon Competitive Employment Package

As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you....
Posted by: Rockley
Rockley 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


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



Adventure China - Unit Leader at Summer camp in China
Adventure China - Unit Leader at Summer camp in China

map pin Asia

renumeration icon Adventure China is a cultural exchange programme but you’ll still receive a pocket money of around £230-£300 during the summer.

Ready to escape the ordinary? Adventure China is offering you the chance to work for 8 weeks at a summer camp. China is one of the world’s most unique destinations. A heady fusion of history and the here and now. Everywhere you look, change goes hand in hand with a rich & powerful culture....
Posted by: Adventure China
Adventure China 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


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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General Camp Counselor in America
General Camp Counselor in America

map pin North America

renumeration icon $850-$1250

Spend 3 months having the most epic summer at camp in America. Travel the states and earn up to $1250 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



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


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 Lifeguard in America
Summer Camp Lifeguard in America

map pin North America

renumeration icon Between $850-$1250 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


Summer Camp Counsellor Job
Summer Camp Counsellor Job

map pin Canada

renumeration icon Paid

Experience Canada on a whole new level. This summer, spend 9 weeks working with children at an incredible Canadian summer camp. With mountains on your doorstep, this is an opportunity to work in potentially the world’s best job, in some of the world’s greatest locations. ...
Posted by: Camp Canada
Camp Canada 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


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


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

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

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

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....
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard 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 Village
American Village Website



Sports Coaching Jobs in America
Sports Coaching Jobs in America

map pin America

renumeration icon Between $850-$1250 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


Adventure Instructor
Adventure Instructor

map pin UK

renumeration icon £'s competitive + food + accommodation + travel

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


Watersports Instructor at a Summer Camp in America
Watersports Instructor at a Summer Camp in America

map pin North America

renumeration icon Between $850-$1250 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


RYA Dinghy Instructor
RYA Dinghy Instructor

map pin United Kingdom

renumeration icon Training Skills Course

This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses. ...
Posted by: Aqua Sports
Aqua Sports 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


Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job
Rockley Leap for Success Instructor Training and Job

map pin Poole, UK for training / Employment at a Rockley centre in France or UK

renumeration icon Training course leading to a competitive employment package

Rockley want to nurture and develop the next generation of watersports instructors, giving young people access to achieving qualifications with one of the world's leading providers of professional watersports training, whilst reducing the costs associated with accessing that training....
Posted by: Rockley
Rockley Website


Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure
Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure

map pin Africa

renumeration icon Volunteer Project

Not only will you have the amazing opportunity to see some of Africas most incredible wildlife, snorkel with Whale Sharks and paddle to a tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects. Experience the best of SA!...
Posted by: All Out Africa
All Out Africa 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



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


Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique
Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique

map pin Africa

renumeration icon volunteer project

On the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project, you will help carry out the Marine Research and monitoring for the project under the guidance of our project scientists. You can expect an excellent diving, snorkeling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand Marine Research skills!...
Posted by: All Out Africa
All Out Africa 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


Ski Season Job Package  in New Zealand
Ski Season Job Package in New Zealand

map pin Oceania

renumeration icon Minimum NZD$16.50 per hour

We’re looking for ambitious and hardworking individuals who are looking to spend an incredible winter ski season down under in New Zealand! There are a variety of hospitality roles available, of which you will need to be available from at least June-Sept. Perks also include a season ski pass!...
Posted by: Kiwi and Kiwi
Kiwi and Kiwi Website



Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp
Canoe Trip Leading at Summer Camp

map pin Canada

renumeration icon Paid

Experience Canada on a whole new level. This summer, spend 9 weeks canoeing with children at an incredible Canadian summer camp. With mountains on your doorstep, this is an opportunity to work in potentially the world’s best job, in some of the world’s greatest locations....
Posted by: Camp Canada
Camp Canada 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


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


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

map pin North America

renumeration icon Between $850-$1250 pay for the summer

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



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


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


Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included
Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included

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

renumeration icon Competitive salary + benefits

Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Become a ski or snowboard instructor in 2019. Receive world-class training, gain internationally recognised qualifications and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice. ...
Posted by: EA Ski and Snowboard
EA Ski and Snowboard Website


Adventure China - Summer camp in China
Adventure China - Summer camp in China

map pin Asia

renumeration icon Adventure China is a cultural exchange programme but you’ll still receive a pocket money of a minimum of £230 during the summer.

Ready to escape the ordinary? Adventure China is offering you the chance to work for 8 weeks at a summer camp. China is one of the world’s most unique destinations. A heady fusion of history and the here and now. Everywhere you look, change goes hand in hand with a rich & powerful culture....
Posted by: Adventure China
Adventure China Website



Outdoor and Adventure Specialist at Summer Camp
Outdoor and Adventure Specialist at Summer Camp

map pin Canada

renumeration icon Paid

Teach your hobby every single day. This summer, spend 9 weeks working with children at an incredible Canadian summer camp. With mountains on your doorstep, this is an opportunity to work in potentially the world’s best job, in some of the world’s greatest location...
Posted by: Camp Canada
Camp Canada Website


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


Housekeepers / Kitchen Assistants
Housekeepers / Kitchen Assistants

map pin France

renumeration icon 250 Euros Per Week

Now Recruiting for the 2019 season! CLUB CORREZE is a small family run business based in the beautiful Massif Region, France. We are looking for individuals who have excellent customer service skills and who enjoy working with children....
Posted by: Club Correze
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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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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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Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!
Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!

map pin UK

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

If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor in 2019....
Posted by: PGL
PGL Website