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 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 view our top rated gap year travel companies below...



Booking a tour is one of the best ways to see the world, you will get taken to the best places and not have to worry about the hassle of planning anything. Here are recommendations for the best operators:

G Adventures

G Adventures

Company Founded: 1990

About: 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.

Destinations: 600+ trips in 130+ countries worldwide


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Company Founded: 1962

About: 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.


Oasis Overland

Company Founded: 1997

About: 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

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, South America



Gap Year Specialists

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 gap year work, volunteering and adventure trips worldwide:


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

Gap 360

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.


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


Instituto Hemingway

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


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Oyster Worldwide

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.


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.


Real Gap Experience

Want to travel the world? Real Gap Experience have adrenaline fuelled adventure travel & powerful volunteer projects waiting for you. Discover the possibilities.


Tru Experience Travel

Tru Experience Travel

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



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:




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


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Camp Leaders

Company Founded: 1999

About: Interested in working at a summer camp in the USA? Check out Camp Leaders! They are one of the best American Summer Camp agencies and 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. Don't believe us? Check out this article how Camp Leaders changed my life.

Jobs Offered In: USA, Canada


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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.


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Company Founded: 1957

About: PGL offer seasonal positions throughout Europe. You can work as an activity instructor or tour guide throughout Europe.

Jobs Offered In: UK, France, Spain and Greece


Smaller Earth

Smaller Earth

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:

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)


Company Founded: 2007

About: 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 help communities around the world. They offer rewarding life-changing intercultural volunteer projects in developing countries where you can make a real difference. 


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Projects Abroad

Company Founded: 1992

About: 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.



TEFL & Teaching English Abroad

There are so many reasons why you might want to work as an English teacher overseas, here are the best companies to check out if this experience appeals to you:


Company Founded: 1994

About: i-to-i are one of the worlds leading TEFL course providers and have helped thousands of people get qualified. They offer online and classroom TEFL courses in the Australia, UK, USA, Canada and other worldwide locations. i-to-i also offer job hunting support, internships in Asia and lifetime advice from their specalist staff.

Number of People Trained: 180,000


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International TEFL & TESOL Training

Company Founded: 1993

About: 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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International TEFL Academy

About: International TEFL Academy offers the gold standard in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad. They offer internationally accredited TEFL-classes both online and in-person, in 25 locations worldwide. All of their TEFL courses (including our 170-hour online TEFL class) meet or exceed international standards. If you live in North America we highly recommend booking a course with the International TEFL Academy.


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Premier TEFL

Premier TEFL offer a wide range of fully accredited online courses which have been written by real teaching professionals to meet international TEFL standards. Expansive, educational and extremely engaging, Premier TEFL courses provide you with all the training you need to confidently teach English abroad. They ensure your lifelong certification makes you stand out in the global job market and qualifies you for the most rewarding, highly paid TEFL jobs out there.


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Interested in taking a TEFL certification in an exotic destination? Get qualified by taking a TEFL course in beautiful Thailand with SEE TEFL. They have trained over 1000 teachers in beautiful Chaing Mai in Northern Thailand. SEE TEFL also offer paid internships and job placements on completion of a course.



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:

Don Quijote Spanish School

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.


Caminhos Language School

Interested in learning Portuguese? The 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.

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.





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Skycanner is one of the easiest and cheapest websites 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.


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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.


Hotels Combined

Hotels Combined 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

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

One World 365 is the ultimate website to book your gap year featuring thousands of amazing trips, jobs, programs and courses worldwide. Browse our website to find your dream experience. Of 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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