The Year Out Group

About the Year Out Group

Year Out Group logo

Africa and Asia Venture (AV) is a founding member of The Year Out Group (YOG). YOG was set up in 1998 as a not-for-profit organisation. It is a select association of year out organisations and seeks to promote the concept and benefits of well-structured year out programs, to promote models of good practice and to help young people, their parents, teachers and advisers in selecting suitable and worthwhile projects.

Useful YOG links:


Excerpt from their website on the benefits of a gap year

Use the time wisely: 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


As founding and active members, Africa & Asia Venture (AV) support and  adhere to all Year Out Group codes and recommendations.

Find out more about our volunteering programs by following the links below:



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