Best Gap Year Companies

Best Gap Year Companies

Thinking about taking a gap year? Confused where to start? We get lots of enquiries from people asking: 'what are the best agencies and companies to book my gap year with?' So to help we have put together a guide which will help you organise and book your big adventure overseas. 

If you are keen to travel, work, volunteer or study abroad on your gap year view our top rated companies below. Our list includes recommendations for:

  • Gap year specialist travel companies
  • Tour operators
  • Volunteer organisations
  • Recruiters
  • TEFL
  • Language Schools

Click on the company logo or name for more information.

 

Top Rated Gap Year Specialists

Best gap year companies

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 and offer combo travel, work, volunteer and study trips worldwide:

 

Frontier

Frontier

Frontier are one of the most established gap year companies offering hundreds of courses, programs and intern placements. Thousands of people have participated on programs which including gap year adventure trips, rewarding volunteer programs and internships and work experience placements.

Featured Frontier trips include:

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Gap 360

Gap 360 are one of the most popular gap year companies and they offer over 200 exciting trips worldwide. From working abroad, volunteering, learning a new skill or joining a tour you can find so many different experiences. You can also choose from 50+ destinations!

Featured Gap 360 trips:

 

Invasion

Invasion specialise in providing unforgettable experiences. Whether you want to explore Europe’s visiting the hottest cultural sites and cities, volunteering around the world, partying in Ibiza, working at an American summer camp or teaching in Thailand - they have trips which will ignite your wanderlust. After the success of placing thousands of people on summer jobs in the USA Invasion have now taken summer camp global where you can join group volunteer and adventure trips to destinations worldwide.

Featured Invasion Trips:

 

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Instituto Hemingway

Would you like to work, intern or study in Spain? Instituto Hemingway offer Spanish language courses, work experience placements and jobs in Bilbao and other locations in Spain.
 

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Oyster Worldwide

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

Featured Oyster Worldwide Packages:

PMGY

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 in lots of exciting worldwide destinations. They will help you plan the ultimate gap year!
 

Real Gap Experience

Want to travel the world? Real Gap Experience are one of the UK's best gap year and student travel adventure specialists. Over 50,000 people have booked trips with Real Gap and you can choose from 160+ trips worldwide! You can book amazing gap year trips or work abroad, teach or volunteer.

Featured Real Gap Trips:

  • Thailand experience - incredible 29 day adventure tour showing you the best of the land of smiles

 

Smaller Earth

Smaller Earth

Smaller Earth are a Liverpool based travel company with offices all around the world. They offer jobs and working holidays to some of the most popular destinations in the world including the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. From working at a summer camp in the USA

Featured Smaller Earth gap year packages:

 

The LEAP

The LEAP

The LEAP have been offer gap year and volunteer trips overseas for over 10 years to destinations like Africa, Asia and South America. They offer 6 or 10 week volunteer programs and adventures where you can combine conservation, community and eco tourism projects. Prices aren't the cheapest so you will either need to have savings or fundraise to raise the money. You won't regret it though, feedback is overwhelmingly positive!

Featured LEAP trips:

Welcome to Travel

The best start to your travels around Australia will be in the worlds most liveable city Melbourne. Perfect for backpacking and gap year adventurers our 8-day welcome tour which you ticks off all your Australian bucket list while also giving you all the essentials for your time in Oz.

Featured packages:

 

Xtreme Gap Year

As the name suggests, Xtreme Gap Year offer you the chance to have an adrenaline filled gap year. You can choose from a range of worldwide adventures including diving, martial arts, fitness camps, tours and work/volunteer opportunities.

Featured trips:

 

 

Tour Operators

Best gap year companies - tour operators

Booking a tour is one of the best ways to see the world. You will get an experienced guide, travel in a group making new friends from around the world and get taken to the best places in the destination without having to worry about anything. Prices vary depending on the company, type of trip and destination. You might like to check out our guide to the best tour operators for 18-35 year olds.

Here are our recommendations for the best operators:
 

G Adventures

G Adventures

G Adventures offer small group tours to destinations all around the world. You can choose from over 600 trips in 130+ countries including popular trips for 18-35 year olds, African safaris, island hopping tours and overland adventures. The hard part is deciding which trip to choose andwhere to go. Most group sizes are small with around 12 people depending on the trip and you get an experienced guide to take you to the best places. 
 

Busabout

Busabout

Busabout offer award-winning Hop-on Hop-off flexible coach tours worldwide. Thousands of people book trips every year and you can search so many unique adventures. From island hopping in Greece and Croatia, partying at Europe’s biggest music festivals or discovering the ancient cultures of Southeast Asia. A Busabout tour is a flexible way to explore new places, have a lot of fun and also make new friends. 
 

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Contiki

Interested in seeing the world and enjoying one of the best experiences of your life? Contiki are one of the most well known travel brands in the world and offer over 300 trips of a lifetime which are aimed at anyone aged 18-35's. UK and European tours are very popular but you can also explore Latin America, Asia and other worldwide destinations. 

Contiki Special Offer

 

Topdeck Travel

Topdeck offer hundreds of exciting trips in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, Egypt & the Middle East, North America and Africa. Thousands of travellers book trips with Topdeck every year with trips ranging from 4 day festivals in Europe to 58 day overland safaris in Africa. There's a lot to choose from! You will usually travel in a large bus and are guaranteed to meet other travellers from all over the world.

 

Stoke Travel

If you would like to experience some of the best festivals and events in Europe, Stoke Travel are your number one choice. Enjoy some of the best and craziest festivals including La Tomatina, Oktoberfest, surf camps, music festivals, city breaks and more!

Enter promo code ONEWORLD365 when booking on the Stoke Travel website to get free unlimited beer and sangria and a discount of €10 per day!

 

 

Volunteering Abroad

Best gap year companies volunteering

Spending time on a volunteering program abroad is a fantastic idea. You will get to do something rewarding and unique, meet nice likeminded people, learn about new cultures and countries and get a cultural experience like no other. There are literally hundreds of opportunities so narrowing down where to go and what to do can be difficult.

Check our recommendations for the best volunteer abroad companies below:

 

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Projects Abroad

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.

Featured Projects Abroad programs:

 

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ

The International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) are one of the most popular volunteer organisations in the world and have placed over 80,000+ people on programs worldwide. 
 

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Love Volunteers

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

 

The Great Projects

The Great Projects

Would you like to spend your gap year working with animals in some of the most incredible destinations? Apply to volunteer with The Great Projects who offer unique wildlife conservation projects and tours where you can learn about and help endangered species.

Featured Great Projects experiences:

 

Concordia International Volunteers

Concordia are a Brighton based charity offering affordable short and long term international volunteer programs to UK residents. You will get to make a real difference to local communities and the people in destinations all around the world.

Featured Concordia trips:

 

Fronteering

Fronteering offer volunteer programs and adventure trips that are off the beaten track. Choose from epic trips in remote places from the Canadian Arctic to the deepest reaches of the Amazon jungle in unspoiled Guyana. All projects and trips focus on wildlife, the environment and indigenous people.

Featured Fronteering programs:

 

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers offer very cheap volunteer programs in over 20 countries with most trips starting at £125 or less. You can apply to join projects helping children, animals, healthcare and building/construction.

 

Lead Adventures

LEAD Adventures (Ecuador / Galapagos)

LEAD Adventures is a travel company based in Quito, Ecuador and offering responsible gap year volunteering and trips throughout Ecuador and the stunning Galapagos Islands. Enjoy volunteering and learning about the places you visit with expert local guides.

Featured LEAD Adventures packages:

 

 

TEFL & Teaching English Abroad

Gap year companies TEFL

Interested in working as an English teacher overseas? These are the best companies to take a TEFL course with:


i-to-i

Founded in 1994, i-to-i are one of the worlds leading TEFL course providers and have helped 180,000+ people get qualified. They offer online and classroom TEFL courses worldwide. i-to-i also offer job hunting support, TEFL internships and lifetime advice from their excellent staff.
 

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International TEFL & TESOL Training

International TEFL & TESOL Training (ITTT) offer internationally accredited TEFL courses including online, in-class and combined TEFL courses which are internationally accredited. You can choose from over 30 worldwide locations.
 

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Premier TEFL

Premier TEFL offer a wide range of fully accredited online courses and paid teaching internships. Premier TEFL provide you with all the training you need to confidently teach English abroad and ensure your lifelong certification makes you stand out in the global job market.

 

 

Working Abroad

Best gap year companies - work abroad

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

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Camp Leaders

Interested in working at a summer camp in the USA? Check out Camp Leaders! They offer you the chance to spend your summer living and working at a summer camp in the USA. This is one of the best summer jobs abroad in the world where you will get to have an amazing experience and make friends from all over the world. You can 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 and after your job finishes you will get up to 30 days to travel. Check out this article how Camp Leaders changed my life.

Featured Camp Leaders jpbs:

 

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Cutural Care

Become an au pair in America and be part of an unforgettable cultural exchange programme. Travel, learn and make lifelong friendship with Cultural Care who are one of the most established and popular companies.

Featured jobs with Cultural Care:

 

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InterExchange

InterExchange offer the chance for internationals to live and work in the USA, and also US citizens to work abroad. Choose from a range of exciting work, volunteer and intern programs including career training placements in the USA - you could work in New York City!

Featured InterExchange programs: 

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PGL

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

Featured PGL jobs:

 

Speaking Agency

The Speaking agency are a French company which specializes in babysitting and teaching positions in places like Paris, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes. If you are keen to work in France and enjoying helping children these positions will appeal to you.

Featured Speaking Agency jobs:

 

 

Language Schools

Best gap year companies - language schools

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

Accent Francais

Accent Francais

Would you like to study French in France? Check out the Accent Francais language school located in Montpellier. They offer beginners courses, activities and also combo experiences like internships and volunteer placements. 

Featured Packages: 

 

Caminhos Language School

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

 

Humboldt Institut

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.

 

 

Travel Resouces

The following websites are recommended if you are ready to your trip: 
 

Flights


Skyscanner

Skyscanner

There are lots of travel agencies and flight websites but we rate Skycanner as the best. Skycanner is a flight comparison website which is easy to use and makes finding cheap flights easy. 

 

Accommodation

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

Hostelworld

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.
 

Booking.com

Booking.com

Booking.com is the best hotel booking website where you 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

World Nomads

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

 

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How to Choose the Right Gap Year Company

One World 365 is the ultimate website to book your gap year featuring thousands of amazing trips, jobs, programs and courses worldwide. We work with a number of worldwide operators and the companies in our list can be trusted for authenticity. If you are thinking about booking a gap year with a company not listed above please check reviews and really research as there are a lot of bad companies in the market. If you need any advice about planning a gap year please contact us. You might also like to view our gap year guide for trips, ideas and information 

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