Gap year and summer programs in Africa and Asia
Gap year programs in Africa - on the beach with camels


Meaningful gap year and summer immersion programs in Africa and Asia.



Gap year and university summer programs in Africa and Asia

A year with a difference

By spending a gap year living and working in a local community, you’ll make an impact whilst experiencing life from a different perspective. With the right balance between independence and 24 hour available support you can shape your own transformational year, while making new friends and discovering another part of the world.

Don’t just take our word for it.

Find out how becoming an AV can change your future, by hearing what Sophie has to say in this video.

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is a not-for-profit social enterprise, passionate about helping young people become global citizens.


Cultural immersion

Experience a new culture and way of life by being part of it.

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Make an impact

Carefully selected projects where you can make a lasting difference.

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Independent travel

The opportunity to explore the region that is now your second home.

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Independence + support

Balance of individual independence yet providing 24/7 in-country support.



With other AV volunteers to share experiences, support and friendships.



We look after you as an individual from the time you first get in touch.

Experience is everything

“The life lessons our daughter learnt on AV will serve her well for the rest of her life. Some things cannot be taught, only experienced.” Linda, AV parent.

AV gives you the opportunity to experience…

Independence | Teamwork | Different perspectives | New skills | Life without technology | Adventure | Real challenges | Another language | A different you | Leadership | Diversity | Mentoring | Life away from home | New friendships |Personal growth | Freedom | The world | A new country | Contrast | Cultural understanding | Organisational skills | Adaptability | Communication skills | Self-motivation | Problem-solving | Joy | Initiative | Fundraising | Coaching | A different way of life | Teaching | Sense of accomplishment | Global citizenship | Making an impact

Every AV story is unique. What will yours be?

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AV Volunteers

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Unique experiences

Where will you go?

As an established gap year company, with more than 30 years of experience, we have long term partnerships with communities across Africa and Asia. Our gap year and summer program participants make a genuine impact.

Our communities

We run cultural immersion programs in nine countries across Africa and Asia.

Where will you go?

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What will you do?

Whatever you are passionate about, we can find the placement where you can have the greatest impact.

Make an impact

We are passionate about the impact young people can have on the world around us. You have an abundance of skills, talents, passion and enthusiasm which have the potential to make a difference.

Tell us about your skills and talents and we’ll find the perfect placement for you!

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There’s still time to plan the adventure of a lifetime…

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