Best Gap Year Companies

Best Gap Year Companies

One World 365 is the ultimate website to book your gap year featuring thousands of amazing trips, jobs, programs and courses worldwide. We get lots of enquiries from people asking what are the best companies to book my gap year with? So to help we have put together a guide to the top rated gap year companies to help you organise and book your big adventure overseas.



Booking a tour is one of the best ways to see the world, here are recommendations for the best operators:

G Adventures

G Adventures offer small group adventure tours to destinations all around the world. You can choose from hundreds of trips which are generally cheaper than similar companies. The hard part is deciding where to go.

Oasis Overland

If you are looking for an incredible overland adventure then check out Oasis OverlandThey offer epic road trips lasting from a few weeks to over 1 year! You can literally see almost all of South America, Africa or even travel from London to Beijing overland


Interested in seeing the world and enjoying one of the biggest parties of your life? Contiki offer over 300 trips of a lifetime for 18-35's. European tours are highly recommended.



Working Abroad

Interested in earning money on your year out? Looking for a short term summer job abroad, winter ski season position or year+ position? You can find gap year jobs all around the world, here are some of the best recruiters:

Camp Leaders

Interested in working at a summer camp in the USA? Check out Camp Leaders! They offer you the chance to work as a camp counselor or activity instructor at one of hundreds of camps throughout North America. This is one of the most fun ways to spend your summer.

PGL Travel Ltd

PGL offer seasonal positions throughout Europe. You can work as an activity instructor or tour guide in countries like the UK, France, Spain and Greece.


Would you like to experience working abroad and experiencing a different culture? Aupairia offer au pair jobs and cultural exchange programs in China.

Smaller Earth offer jobs and working holidays to some of the most popular destinations in the world including the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.



Volunteering Abroad

Spending time on a volunteering program abroad is a fantastic idea but with so many organisations offering opportunities it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Check our recommendations below:

Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad are one of the most respected names in the volunteering industry. They have helped thousands of people go on structured projects in developing countries. They also offer amazing summer volunteer programs for 15-28 year olds.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ are one of the most popular volunteer organisations and they have placed over 75,000 participants on programs worldwide.

Love Volunteers are the perfect organisation if you would like to help communities around the world. They offer rewarding life-changing intercultural volunteer projects in developing countries where you can make a real difference. 

Concordia International Volunteers are a non-for-profit charity based in Brighton who offer low cost short and long term community based work camps in Europe and around the world.

Work the World

Are you looking to gain medical work experience? Work the World offer highly rated medical placements in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Plan My Gap Year

Plan My Gap Year are an award winning specialist in gap year volunteering programs abroad. They offer safe and affordable placements perfect for gap years.

A Broader View Volunteers Corps

A Broader View offer over 200 community and conservation projects in 25+ destinations worldwide.



Internships & Work Experience

Keen to improve your CV? Like the idea of applying for a gap year internship? The following companies will help:


Frontier are one of the most established gap year companies offering hundreds of courses, programs and intern placements. 

Instituto Hemingway offer work experience placements, jobs and language courses in Spain.

InterExchange offer career training around the world including the USA - you could wake up and work in New York City!



TEFL & Teaching English Abroad

There are so many reasons why you might want to work as an English teacher overseas, but what are the best companies to take a TEFL course and arrange this experience:


i-to-i are the most establish UK based TEFL company and have helped 180,000+ people get certified to teach abroad with one of their oneline and classroom TEFL courses in the UK.

If you are open to the idea of taking a TEFL certification course overseas check out International TEFL and TESOL Training who offer classes in Europe, North America, Asia and worldwide.



Language Courses

Spending time in your gap year to learn a new language is highly recommend. Here are some of the most popular language schools worldwide:

If you would like to learn Spanish in Spain or Latin America check out the Don Quijote Spanish School who offer classroom courses in places like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico just to name a few.

Interested in learning Portuguese? Caminhos Language School offer Portuguese language courses in Brazil. They are located in spectacular Rio de Janeiro and offer beginners group classes and sightseeing activities.

If you would like to study German check out the Humboldt Institut in Berlin. They offer a range of group courses perfect for total beginners.



Combo Gap Year Work, Volunteer & Travel 

Not sure what you really want to do on your gap year? Keen to do a mix of lots of things? Or search lots of ideas? The following companies are highly rated:

Tru Experience Travel

Tru Experience Travel offer trips, holiday packages and adventures to destinations all around the world. 

Oyster Worldwide are gap year specialists offer amazing trips to 20+ destinations worldwide. From working abroad, volunteering or booking a trek you can find something to match your interests.

Gapforce are one of the leading names in the gap year and career break business. Established in 1989 they offer a range of trips, programs and instructor training courses.

Gap 360

Gap 360 offer over 200 exciting trips worldwide. From working abroad, volunteering, learning a new skill or joining a tour. Choose from 50+ destinations.




We find Skyscanner the easiest and cheapest website to book flights, book in advance to get the best deals.




If you are not on a structured gap year program and are keen to go backpacking it is important to book somewhere to stay in advance.

Hostelworld offer a huge selection of hostels with cheap dorms and private accommodation at really low prices. Perfect if you are going overseas on a low budget.


Hotelscombined are the best hotel comparison website where toy can search accommodation for all budgets from all the major websites.



Travel Insurance

One of the most important things to do before you depart is to make sure you are covered for any accidents or medical emergencies, for travel insurance check out:

World Nomads offer extensive travel insurance to destinations all around the world. Included is 24/7 support perfect if anything happens whilst abroad.



Help & Advice

If you need any advice about planning your gap year please contact us. You might also like to view our gap year guide for more trips, ideas and information.


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Mount Kilimajaro Adventure in Tanzania

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Thailand Elephant Care Experience

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