Celebrating 25 years of Volunteering & Adventure Travel

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Celebrating 25 years of Volunteering & Adventure Travel

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To celebrate our 25th birthday you can get £250 / $250 off your flights when you book a Gap Year Program to travel before 31st May 2019!

Get more from your Gap Year Programs with AV…

  • Travel on our Gap Year Programs and experience life as a local rather than a tourist.
  • Say no to youth hostels and coach trips, say yes to a true gap year experience!
  • Travel independently but supported by us, you choose your itinerary and we help you achieve it.
  • We run our own gap year programs and never rely on a 3rd party, so AV are with you every step of the way.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of your destination.
  • Challenge yourself and improve your career prospects.
  • Make lifelong friends and lasting memories.
  • Experience adventures you never dreamed possible.

Not sure where you want to go or what you want to do?

Take our Gap Year Quiz to reveal your ideal year out…

Experience India with the Lepcha community in the Himalayas

Spend an extraordinary 12 or 16 weeks in India on our most rewarding, life changing program.

Live in the Lepcha community, volunteer in tiny village schools, experience a different way of life and make lasting friendships.

You can teach English, drama, art, music, sports or whatever you are passionate about.

You really can make a difference to the Lepcha children and change their lives for the better, teaching them new skills that they otherwise would not learn.

Hike in the Himalayas, attend the local festivals, or travel across this amazing country for the adventure of a lifetime.

Enhance your CV or resume with meaningful work experience that will really help you stand out from the graduate crowd.

All of our volunteers that have been on our India program with the Lepcha people have said it is the best experience of their life to date.

So what are you waiting for?

Departs February 2019. Flexible travel options are available.

*Ask for our offer if you want to come with a friend.

Escape to Kenya for a Wild Gap Year Experience

Spend 5, 12 or 16 weeks by the beach in Kenya.

Live in a local community, volunteer in the village school, leave a lasting legacy, be more than just a tourist.

You can teach English, sports, music, drama and much more. You don’t need any qualifications, just bags of enthusiasm.

Go WILD on your gap year, explore on Safari or have a close encounter with Elephants, Giraffes or Gorillas.

Relax on the beach, enjoy water sports or travel across Africa. You could even climb mount Kilimanjaro!

Departs January 2019. Flexible travel options are available.

*Ask for our offer if you want to come with a friend.

What you’ll do on our work experience & gap year programs


Cultural immersion

Experience a new culture and way of life by being part of it. It’s a whole new way to travel.

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Adventure travel

The opportunity to explore the region that is now your second home. Gap year travel with a difference.

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Make an impact

Carefully selected projects where you can make a genuine impact by sharing your skills.

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At Africa & Asia Venture (AV) we believe in a different type of gap year travel.

Where there’s adventure and excitement but also where you find your second home.
Where you don’t just look at the scenery, you become part of the community.
It’s more than travel.
It’s a different way to see the world.



A fantastic experience. Unforgettable and highly recommended…. being immersed in the culture and meeting lots of different people was amazing.

Georgie, Gap Year Program

I loved meeting and integrating with the local community through the teaching, building, transport and playing football with the local children and adults.

Toby, Summer Program

AV Volunteers

Man-years of service



Unique experiences

Where will you go?

As one of the longest established gap year companies, with 25 years of experience, we have long term partnerships with communities across Africa and Asia.

Our communities

We run volunteer and gap year programs in nine countries across Africa and Asia.

Where will you go?




South Africa





India - Lepchas

What will you do?

Whatever you are passionate about, we can find the gap year programs 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!

Why do we do what we do?

It’s simple.

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NEW: Summer Work Experience Program in China


Do something better with your summer!

Experience the fascinating culture of China in Alibaba’s home town of Hangzhou.

Gain valuable, hands on work experience which will help you develop essential career skills.

You’ll also have the opportunity to travel if you choose!

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