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Celebrating 25 years of Gap Year Volunteering and Adventure Travel

It is 25 years since Africa & Asia Venture (AV) first opened its doors to young people interested in a different kind of Gap Year experience. Our Volunteering and Adventure Travel programs have paved the way for thousands of likeminded, inspirational individuals...

Why your Gap Year beats being a Fresher

You had a great summer…. a well-deserved break after exams, spent time with friends and maybe even headed off for a week or two in the sunshine. But now you’re feeling slightly daunted by the year ahead. Don’t be!

Back to the books? Time to plan your gap year abroad

The summer’s over and millions of young people across the world are back at school, back to saving for college or university and back to planning their future. Now is the time when students should start thinking about whether they want to head straight into the next phase of their education after this academic year or if they’d benefit from some time out.

Beyond The Great Wall

Everyone from US lawyers to Mark Zuckerberg have been taking Mandarin language classes, as China has emerged as a global superpower. But it’s a challenging language to get to grips with, hence the reason our AVs spend the first month of their gap year in China learning Mandarin intensively.

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