Gap Years & Holiday Activities


  • Can improve your CV and give you something engaging to discuss at interview

  • Help you get a better perspective on who you are, your life, and what you want to do next

  • Will take you out of your comfort zone and build life experience you can't get in a classroom

  • Means you return refreshed and ready for the next step

Many opportunities are suitable for holidays - don't be put off by the words "Gap Year"!

General Information

Many websites such as and have sections on Gap Years.  Also look at: - good general introduction with links to 35+ member organisations - an interactive magazine, providing information, advice, message boards, blogs and journals

Also look up the latest "Top 100" gap year providers as researched by newspapers such as the Telegraph.

UK Opportunities - guide to summer employment and vacation work - the Year in Industry (YINI) scheme offers paid placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics - voluntary work opportunities in the UK with links to organisations that offer opportunities for young people


Worldwide Opportunities - A great place to start looking; in excess of 30,000 jobs have been advertised on the website - an international networking service for volunteers and travellers - volunteer to work for a year in another country. - affordable volunteer work plus schools to learn Spanish in Central and South America

The following organisations have been recommended by pupils I have taught: - over 300 opportunities for Gap Years or shorter activity/volunteering breaks - amazing conservation projects in Africa - lots of great opportunities downunder - worldwide opportunities for ski enthusiasts