Africa Gap Year
Plan the experience of a life time by booking a gap year to Africa! This continent is the second largest continent in the world with 54 countries and the landscape and scenery is diverse, from the vast Serengeti, the wilderness of the Kalahari or the lush rain forests of the Congo and Uganda. Taking a gap year in Africa is a fun way for you to do something different and see a different area of the world.
Gap Year Jobs, Trips & Programs in Africa
Companies offering Gap Year Programs in Africa
Plan a Gap Year to Africa
Looking for the best things to do on a gap year in Africa? The following pages will help you book the ultimate experience:
- Teach English
- TEFL Courses
- Study Abroad
- Language Courses
- Scuba Diving
- Safari Guide Courses
- Bukina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cote D'Ivoire
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
Guide to Taking a Gap Year in Africa
Maybe you are are finishing your studies or possible want to travel and explore this continent. Not only is a gap year the most fantastic thing you can decide to do, it's actually a well respected choice that shows prospective employers and universities that you have developed some pretty important life skills. Visiting a completely new continent and finding your own two feet is good for you too; most people find that they come home more confident, outgoing and interesting people.
Visiting Africa will be one of the most amazing things you will ever do, we help thousands of people plan structured trips every year and by viewing our website you can arrange a placement today. This is your chance to help local people, communities, the environment and wildlife by donating your time and effort. There are lots of immersion opportunities in local communities in Africa, the gap year programs we offer provide you with a unique opportunity explore rural areas, learn about important global issues and help out on worthwhile programs. Our Africa gap year ideas and programs including sports projects, working with rhinos, helping elephants, teaching or just exploring new countries. You will have one of the best experience of your life!
Africa is a unique continent which can seem quite daunting when looking at options, but with One World 365 you can search amazing trips and programs. Not much in life compares to being in the wild and getting to see elephants and exotic animals like lions in their natural habitat. Africa is one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world, expect a huge continent full of unique countries which all offer a different experience. Programs are open to students, graduates and people seeking an exciting new challenge.
Gap Year Jobs & Programs in Africa
Many gap year travellers choose to do join a structured program in Africa because there are few better ways to ingratiate yourself into the cultures and customs of a country. Whether on your gap year you spend time soaking up the sights, helping underprivileged communities or joining a tour - you will come home with some skills you never thought you would acquire, and plenty of new friends who you mightn't have expected to acquire either!
Top Tips & Advice
- Booking a structured program take most of the hassle out of planning a trip
- If you are going to work, volunteer or teach be aware a lot of programs are in rural areas which might be a shock to the system
- Research all destinations before booking an experience to see if where you are going matches your interests
- The risk of catching an illness, disease and getting bitten by mosquitoes is one of your top concerns. Problems like malaria and dengue fever are a common problem in lots of African countries so take precautions
- Remember that a foreign country is designed for it's own people, not tourists and you will really enhanced your experience if you research the destination so you know what to expect so you shouldn't get any shocks on arrival
- Learning a few local phrases might really improve your trip
- Pack sensibly (see advice below)
- The food in Africa can sometimes be an experience, try to be open to trying new things as some of the local treats are really tasty
- Try to learn a few local phrases and chat to locals, this is really fun
Health & Safety
There are a number of precautions you can take before setting out on your Africa adventure to minimise the occurrence and impact of any interruptions. For example, some countries may require you to have one or more vaccinations before you travel. The best thing to do is to make an appointment with your GP well in advance of your leaving date and ask them to tell you what jabs, if any, you need to get and when you need to get them. Health insurance is another safety net well worth considering. Hopefully you won't need it, but you never know and it's exactly the sort of thing you don't really appreciate until you run into trouble and it comes to the rescue.
When it comes to travelling, the buzzwords you must never lose sight of are flexibility and patience. By their very nature, these pursuits are unpredictable and the unexpected or surprising can occur at any given moment. Rather than letting this ruin your time, embrace it all as part of the fun. After all, an adventure where everything goes according to plan is barely deserving of the name. Depending on where you are headed, the weather can change in an instant, taking you from sweltering heat to a sudden downpour, to howling winds in what seems like the blink of an eye. What's more, transport on some roads, particularly in poorer countries, can be both uncomfortable and prone to breaking down. Plan ahead and pack accordingly or book a structured program for a stress free experience.
What to Pack
- Light clothing, Africa can be really hot
- You might spend most of the time wearing shorts so there is no need for lots of pairs of jeans
- Take a solar / battery power adaptor to charge your phone, sometimes electricity in Africa can be not good
- Get used to the laid back lifestyle where times can run a little late
- Take a good book and possibly a portable computer, more and more places are getting wifi and its always good to keep a blog
- Try to backup photos on a USB or online
Africa Gap Year Reviews & Experiences
"I spend part of my gap year going overland in Africa which was an incredible experience. I booked a tour with Oasis Overland who are highly recommended" - Paul, UK
"The best decision I ever made. A lot of my friends said go to Asia but I wanted something more authentic so chose Africa. Amazing memories. Just go and don't look back. Cape Town was my favourite city which is simply spectacular." - Matt, Wales
"The project I participated on in Africa was very well run, I would certainly go there if I was ever to return to do more gap year projects. This also had a number of projects community based with young children with special needs, aids communities and much building work needed. As for One World 365 I am so thankful to them for helping me get to the project. They are a very trustworthy, honest company and will help you from the start to the finish with a professional and personal assistance." Sara, UK
"I just wanted to thank you so much for the most amazing time in Africa! I had the best 3 months of my life and would go back and do it all again any day. The camps that we stayed in were so nice (much nicer than I thought they would be!), the staff were all so friendly and welcoming and constantly made you feel at home; they were honestly such a brilliant team. And I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to experience it all with; I've definitaly made some great friendships." - Tanya, UK, who participated on a gap year program with The Leap
"Arriving in Ghana, the first thing that struck me is how friendly and welcoming the people are. Everyone wants you to enjoy what their country has to offer, and will do anything to ensure you have the best experience possible. You are welcomed with open arms, with people greeting you in the street and often stopping you to have a friendly chat." - Marc, UK
"When I first decided to go I just wanted to do something different in my gap-year before I went backpacking in Asia and Australia. However, after my year of traveling the one adventure that made the deepest impact on me was my three weeks in Africa." - Amalie, Norway