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Gap Year Planning

The key to a successful gap year is to research and plan your time in as much detail as possible. This website has been designed to help you plan your gap year and select a suitable and worthwhile program in the country of your choice.

The Leading Gap Year Organisations

Year Out Group includes over 35 of the leading gap year organisations. They operate in over 90 countries, offer a wide variety of gap year programs and all have to satisfy the Group’s demanding membership criteria.

Gap Year Programs To Suit All

There are gap year programs to suit all tastes in the enormously varied selection offered by Year Out Group’s member organisations. These include volunteer work, work experience, adventure programs and expeditions and the chance to study abroad.

Great Choice of Gap Years Abroad

Year Out Group’s member organisations offer gap year programs in the UK and over 90 other countries. Just select your chosen country to discover which organizations operate there.

Benefits of a gap year?

Time Out not Time Off

  • Acquire new skills or enhance existing ones such as: time management, negotiating, budgeting, planning and risk management.
  • Discover new cultures and customs; improve language skills; become more globally aware.
  • Make new friends and have fun.


  • A potentially life-changing experience.
  • Arrive at university/first job refreshed and focussed.
  • Obtain the most from your university experience
  • An enhanced CV demonstrating your employability


Use the buttons below to view provider organisations for programs or destinations you may be interested in.

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Why choose YOG?

YOG provides a total reference and resource for all you need to make the most of your Year Out. This includes over 35 provider organisations offering a superb choice of locations and activities that adhere to:

  • The YOG Code of Practice and Terms and Conditions
  • The YOG Charter, signed up to each year
  • That provide annual Accounts
  • Have a crisis and risk policy in place, together with trained staff
  • That have public liability insurance of ¬£2million

Giving you the re-assurance and support that may be essential and will provide help and assistance if required.


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