The following is small sample of the exciting gap year programs and opportunities available to you as part of EnRoute’s gap year planning.
Beyond these examples are thousands of other programs to suit just about every interest, desire and budget.
Use these examples to inspire your own gap year adventure and get your wheels turning. After taking a look, feel free to begin filling out our Questionnaire to begin your own gap year journey.
Intern at a radio station in Ghana, helping produce news segments and monitor lively call-in shows.
Volunteer with a human-wildlife conflict prevention project in Tsavo West National Park, assisting in infrastructure and tourism development initiatives.
Empower young Berber women in the highlands of Morocco by working as a live-in tutor at the boarding school. Besides helping the students with their English, you can teach art, computer skills and lead field trips into the surrounding area.
Study Moroccan Arabic in Fez while living with a host family and finding your way through the maze-like streets of this UNESCO World Heritage city.
Take in the world-class city of Cape Town while interning at a tech startup in town. It won’t be uncommon for you to wake up early for a morning surf session like many of the locals do! On weekends you can go on safari, diving with sharks, glamping outside the city or take in the amazing food culture that has made this city so famous.
Gain your safari field guide certification while living in Kruger National Park, a world-class game reserve. An optional six-month extension allows certified guides to begin leading their own trips into the park.
Teach health education, focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, to students and community members in a rural village outside Iringa, Tanzania. You will also work on community development projects such as implementing sports leagues and organizing community festivals. » back to top
Assist climate change scientists investigating global warming while aboard an ice breaker patrol vessel in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. » back to top
Become TESOL certified then work as a high school English teacher in the mountainous Hebei Province, spending ten months immersing yourself in the colorful Chinese culture.
Gain technical climbing skills, practice survival tactics and backpack huge peaks during a semester outdoor training course in the Himalayan region of India.
Traverse across a huge swath of India with a service-learning semester focusing on cultural immersion, adventure travel and personal growth.
Volunteer on an eco-farm in the beautiful, bohemian region of Kerala in southern India.
Shadow a doctor as a medical intern in a rural Himalayan medical clinic. Duties include accompanying doctors/nurses on house calls to sick patients, assisting in certain medical procedures and administrative assistant work.
Teach English to eager students in a school outside Kathmandu. Get a taste for rural life while living with your homestay family in a traditional earthen house.
Help feed and monitor over 300 exotic inhabitants at a highly regarded wildlife sanctuary in the Thai jungle.
Teach novice monks middle school curriculum at a Buddhist monastery in the beautiful area of Chiang Mai, Thailand. » back to top
Volunteer at a summer camp outside Sarajevo that aims to support children affected by regional conflicts in the Balkans. The goal of this camp is to promote understanding and affinity between children of different ethnicities.
Au pair with a family in Paris while taking a French language course and exploring the city.
Learn how to milk goats for cheese and farm lavender for essential oils and soap on a family farm in the south of France.
Help with the olive harvest on an organic farm in seaside Peloponnese, Greece. In exchange for 4-6 hours of work a day, you will receive room and board as well as plenty of time to explore the surrounding area.
Assist Syrian, Iraqi and African refugees on Lesvos, one of the most famous Greek Isles. Depending on your foreign language proficiency, you may be able to work directly with families or on administrative and food distribution projects at the refugee camps on the island.
Intern with an events marketing firm in Dublin. You’ll take in this hip city’s sights, culture and music while living with other interns in a centrally located apartment. On weekends you’ll have the opportunity to explore other gems of the Emerald Isle, like Galway, Cork and Kilkenny!
Spend three months living with other gap year students in County Donegal. You’ll gain leadership and practical skills while engaging with the community and outdoor opportunities of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Live and study art in Florence. In addition to taking a studio art course in your choice of drawing, painting, sculpture or photography, you will enjoy excursions to the city’s famous museums and landmarks.
Work with archaeologists from Romania’s Museum of History as they investigate ruins around Transylvania and historic Dacia.
Gain fluency in Spanish while living with a homestay family in Barcelona. You will have the opportunity to study Spanish at a world-renowned language school and practice your new skills while volunteering during your afternoons.
Strap on your hiking boots and grab your walking stick as you spend a month traversing the famed Camino de Santiago. This famous pilgrimage can be completed in its entirety in about a month or you can conquer a chosen section.
Ski for a season in the Swiss Alps while working at a local resort. In exchange for accommodation, food and a small stipend you can work as a lift attendant or at a day care. » back to top
Volunteer on a horse farm on Prince Edward Island, assisting in daily chores in return for free room and board.
Help rehabilitate and release injured Canadian wildlife in Langley, British Columbia.
Live in the Yukon with a family that breeds Husky sled dogs. Help care and train the dogs as well as assist with the upkeep of the farm.
Volunteer in Oaxaca leading workshops with community members aimed at increasing awareness about technology and its role in preserving native history.
Alaska: Work seasonally as a sous chef at a rustic lodge in Denali National Park. In addition to gaining culinary skills, you will enjoy unparalleled access to endless outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, kayaking and golfing.
California: Intern at Focus Features in Los Angeles as a production assistant, learning the ropes of the independent movie industry.
Colorado: Volunteer with an Adaptive Ski Program helping children and adults with disabilities learn how to ski.
Florida: Work for the National Park Service in the Everglades, focusing on projects like trail maintenance.
Louisiana: Help rebuild New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity as they continue their efforts to revitalize this historic city.
New York: Dedicate a year to working for City Year, the domestic arm of the Peace Corps. Volunteers in New York help empower young people while addressing critical needs of the urban community. Mentoring at risk youth, revitalizing youth centers and leading workshops are all part of the program.
Wyoming: Experience a taste of the cowboy life while working on a dude ranch outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Lead daily trail rides through the Western wilderness of the Tetons.» back to top
Radio track bats, aid in forest regeneration and help construct station buildings as an intern at the Cape Tribulation Tropical Research station on the coast of the Great Barrier Reef.
Contribute to Aboriginal social and economic development by volunteering with a non-profit in the central Australian outback.
Live in a traditional thatched hut while working on marine conservation projects in Leleuvia, Fiji. You will gain your PADI scuba certification and take a short course in marine science in order to assist field ecologists with important research and development projects.
Spend a year teaching English on a remote tropical atoll in the Pacific Ocean. As a teacher you will also engage in community development projects like setting up libraries and leading after school programs.
Backpack the countryside while working on various organic farms through the Willing Workers on Organic Farms consortium. Make your way from place to place with opportunities on vineyards, sheep farms, vegetable co-ops and more.
Volunteer outside Wellington on various habitat restoration and environmental conservation projects. Activities include replanting native flora, monitoring stream quality, reintroducing orphaned Kiwi birds, trail construction and educational field trips. » back to top
Latin & South America
Work as a microfinance volunteer, aiding local organizations in La Plata in providing training and economic opportunity to communities that lack sufficient job skills.
Intern with a non-profit while you tutor local children, facilitate a summer camp and assist with environmental development projects.
Help local tourism officials and graphic designers address issues surrounding culture and tourism in Bolivia. You will engage in marketing, graphic design and market research as part of your volunteer work.
Counsel and provide care for street children in the urban area of Maceio, aiding children and teenagers in their rehabilitation and participation in society as productive citizens.
Analyze and collect data on the nesting dynamics of sea turtles in addition to other tasks as a conservation volunteer in Playa Buenavista on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Learn Spanish and intern in the thriving capital San Jose. Internship sectors include education, medicine, business, non-profit, sustainable agriculture and more!
Promote leadership skills in rural youth as a sports coach, facilitating extra curricular athletics as well as community sports leagues. » back to top