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What is a Gap Year?

A 'gap year' or simply a 'gap' is a period of timebetween school and college or college and employment, that gives young people a valuable and challenging learning experience, though many older people are now also deciding to book a gap experience.

It will enrich your life, broadening your view of the world and those around you. It is also, of course, great fun. Shorter programmes are gaining in popularity so you don't necessarily have to take a full year out to enjoy a gap experience. Most bookings with our members are now from people based outside the UK so be sure to plan ahead to ensure you get on your preferred choice of programme.

Why are they a good thing?

Returned gap travellers and those who have gapped nearer home tell us that a well-structured experience adds real value to their sense of achievement, confidence and focus on what they want to do next.

Employers and university staff also attach importance to evidence of enterprise, maturity and sustained commitment both within and outside formal education. With a little thought and planning a structured experience will go along way to helping secure a job or university place. It also inspires some to start up their own business, commit to more volunteering or develop their expertise in a past-time of one sort or another.

They are so good that more and more adults with a few (or several) years work behind them are also taking up gap travel opportunities. Families can travel together and for some it opens up a new career, or a second career after retirement.