Gap Year Programs and Gap Year Expeditions

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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.

Volunteering
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.

Gap Year programs and expeditions from Yomps

Malaria Prevention in Malawi - Volunteering Trip

Volunteer in Malawi for 2, 4, 8 or 12 weeks as part of a gap year, career break or responsible tourism travel adventure to focus on malaria prevention in underprivileged villages along the southern shores of Lake Malawi. Working from the volunteer base on the beach, volunteers will become a member of a team that works on malaria prevention projects and helps the fight against malaria through malaria prevention initiatives and increasing malaria awareness in Malawi.

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Wilderness Conservation Project - Volunteering Trip

Volunteer on a South African wildlife and conservation project for 2, 4, 8 or 12 weeks; assist with the wild cheetah re-introduction project, learn about game reserve management on a game reserve in Africa, track animals such as lions, leopards, elephants and rhino and contribute towards the future sustainability of a unique and beautiful wilderness area.

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Wildlife Research Volunteering - Volunteering Trip

Be a wildlife research volunteer in South Africa for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks to track lions, observe and record their behaviour, study elephants and rhinos, look for and collar new animals, learn about conservation research techniques, assist with data processing, learn about the African bush and qualify with the Field Guide Association of South Africa.

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Venezuelan 3 Month Explorer - Special

Learn Spanish, help South American communities, explore the Orinoco Delta by kayak, learn how to survive in the Venezuelan jungle like Warao Indians, trek to the top of Mount Roraima, visit historic cities, go on a jeep tour into mystical highlands, relax on Venezuelan beaches, kayak, climb, abseil - do all this and much much more!

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Learn Spanish and Surf in Ecuador - Special

Learn to surf in Ecuador, South America for 2, 4, 8 or 12 weeks, surf at one of the best surf locations in the world, surf the world famous ‘Point Break’, be taught by one of the top 20 surfers in the world, learn to speak conversational Spanish for 20 hours a week with the Spanish school which has been voted one of the top 5 Spanish schools in the world, go on a variety of trips including a tour to the world famous Isla del Plata and become a true surf dude on this spectacular Ecuadorian adventure in 2011 or 2012!

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Latin America Community Teaching and Spanish - Volunteering Trip

Volunteer and travel through five stunning Central and South American countries, from the highlands of Guatemala, the jungles of Honduras, the valleys of Nicaragua, the Andes of Ecuador to the deserts of Peru. Teach in the indigenous communities, immerse yourself in the local culture, build an energy efficient stove, learn some Spanish, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the Nazca Lines and experience many of Central and South America’s most fascinating sites!

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Wildlife Sanctuary and Community Education - Volunteering Trip

Volunteer in South Africa on this Wildlife Sanctuary and Community Education programme for 4, 8 or 12 weeks. Whilst living in a spectacular wildlife sanctuary, volunteers help on this African community to educate South African children and care for sick and vulnerable wild animals. Whether part of your gap year, career break or ethical holiday; volunteering in South Africa on this worthwhile project gives you the chance to inspire and educate local children, and contribute to the future of South African wildlife.

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Mexico Marine Research Conservation (Beginners) - Volunteering Trip

Volunteer in Mexico for either 5 or 10 weeks on this marine conservation expedition and help to protect the world’s second largest barrier reef – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. As you live in a remote tropical paradise you will learn to scuba dive from a beginner's level (earning PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diver certificates), help on community development initiatives and experience the beautiful world that exists beneath the waves!

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PADI Divemaster Utila - Special

Become a PADI divemaster on the stunning island of Utila in Honduras. Learn to Scuba dive up to divemaster level as you live in a remote tropical paradise in the Caribbean Sea. Qualify as a PADI Dive Master and PADI Pro as you dive in the clear, warm waters of Honduras surrounded by amazing marine life such as rays, whale sharks, sea turtles, sharks, coral reefs and an array of tropical fish. If you have scuba diving qualifications already then don’t worry, we have a modified course to suit your level and reduce the overall cost significantly!

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