Gap Year Activities

What will you do on your Gap Year?

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Gap Year Volunteering


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.

Become a global citizen today and start being the change you want to see.


Global citizenship

We need… “informed, passionate individuals working together to form effective movements for change.

People who care about helping those in the world’s poorest places improve their lives. We call them global citizens.” Bill and Melinda Gates

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

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

Volunteer Your Skills


We work with each and every one of our volunteers to find out what you are good at to ensure your talents are put to good use on our programs.

Just tell us what you can do and we’ll make sure you have the opportunity to share those skills in a way that will benefit one of our partner communities.

These are just some of the options:

Volunteer with AV and teach dance, art, music and drama

Art, Drama, Music & Dance

If art, drama or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on a volunteer project overseas.

A chance to learn about music, art and dance in different cultures and languages and be inspired!

Volunteer in developing countries on community projects

Community work

Whether it’s after-school classes, health or building projects, there are numerous ways you can be a valuable member of your new community.

We will find you just the right place to ensure your skills are well utilized.

Volunteer sports coaching abroad

Sports Coaching

Whether you’re keen on football, running, netball, rugby, basketball, cricket, hockey, volleyball, athletics or perhaps just a simple game of tag, catch or duck duck goose – the opportunities for volunteer sports coaching are endless!

Teach abroad on a gap year volunteering program


The enthusiasm and work of AV gap year volunteers is valued by schools, not only for the extra help they provide but also for the inspiration and confidence that is passed on to the children they work with, spending time with them and adding a global dimension to their education.

Volunteer Programs


The type of placement you choose will partly depend on the duration you want to volunteer for. Our most popular programs include 11-12 weeks of volunteering followed by an optional 4 weeks of independent travel.

If you’d prefer a shorter project, our summer programs are 5 weeks long. During the week you will take part in either one or two volunteering projects (depending on the location) and at weekends you’ll be free to explore!

Adventure Travel
If you’re keen to volunteer AND travel (as we know most of you are), don’t worry, we’ve made sure you can do both!

On our shorter, summer programs there’ll be activities incorporated into your time in-country – just take a look at our Kenya summer program.

If you’re on a longer program (12+ weeks), there are no end to the opportunities. Find out more >

Want to know more?

Check out our blog for travel inspiration, volunteer stories and how to make the most of your summer or gap year.
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