Gap Year Programs and Gap Year Expeditions
Looking to take a gap year? Whether you are taking a gap year before university, after university or wanting to take a year out from work (also known as a career break) then Yomps has something for you.
Whether you want a gap year in Africa, Central America, South America, or Australia then you’ve come to the right place. Our travel experiences are tailor made with young people in mind who are looking for adventurous, awe inspiring overseas travel experience. Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, volunteer, have an adventure or all three then Yomps is the place to find your perfect gap year abroad.
Taking a gap year before going into higher education or employment is an opportunity too good to miss. It not only provides a break from study and some well earned "time out" but most individuals return feeling more confident, independent and mature, as well as more focused and committed to new challenges awaiting them on return. The experience and skills gained in a well structured gap year will add to and enhance your CV, your employability and your attraction to universities, meaning there is little or no disadvantage in taking up such an opportunity! Remember a gap year isn’t just an opportunity to have a break; it is part of your career plan for the rest of your life!
- What will gap year with Yomps do for me?
- It will give you a break from studying and recharge your batteries before starting university.
- Give you a greater understanding of the wider world through cultural awareness, environmental awareness and international team work.
- Allow you to travel safely and responsibly off the beaten track.
- Develop new skill sets such as languages, first aid courses, scuba diving courses and survival courses.
- Provide you with valuable work experience for your future.
- Develop your leadership skills.
- Allow you to experience new cultures.
- Develop team building skills.
- Increase your self-confidence.
- Give you the opportunity to volunteer on a community project and help others.
- Give you the experience of a lifetime.
- Make new friends.
- I’ve never travelled on my own before and not sure if I will cope?
- If travelling around on your own is not for you, then don’t worry as the majority of Yomps trips are carefully organised so you will be placed with other people and will be met at the airport and taken to your gap year location.
- Should I take a gap year before university or after?
- If you start university after a gap year, there is an argument that you are more focussed on the course, more likely to finish it and less likely to want to go abroad! On the other hand taking a gap year after university as a reward for all your hard work also works well. Taking a gap year has become very popular for quite a few years now, so Universities are used to?
- How do I fund my gap year?
- There are many ways to fund your gap year from part time work, assistance from parents, to having car boot sales. See our article on Raising Funds for a Gap Year(opens in a new window).
- What can I do on my gap year?
- There are a number of things you can do on your gap year with Yomps.
There are many opportunities to volunteer abroad and at Yomps we have found some of the best handpicked projects to ensure you get the most of your time. You can volunteer with wildlife, help local communities or even for the horse enthusiast’s, work voluntary on some safari horse ranches.
Courses If you want to learn a new skill whilst on your gear year then there are lots of opportunities to learn at the same time as having an awesome gap year. You can even get a qualification that can be used in a future career. Whether you want to learn Spanish in Ecuador, become a PADI scuba diving instructor in Utila or learn to paraglide in Switzerland. As well as learning a skill, ‘gappers’ have also found it as a good bargaining tool with their parents for helping to finance their gap year!
Expeditions On an expedition, you will get chance to be alongside many other people on the same trip as you and either gain skills in areas such as research, or go on adventures in various countries.