United Kingdom Gap Year Ideas

UK gap year

The UK is one of the top countries in the world to take a gap year and there are options for both Brits and internationals. There are so many opportunities available all year round including working, volunteering, studying or just exploring! If you are British, Australian, a New Zealander, South African, American, Canadian or from another destination worldwide you will be able to find amazing gap year ideas and programs on our website.

Keen just to just travel? You could plan everything yourself independently or book a tour of the UK. Some overland trips include all the major cities and highights. If you would like venture out of the big cities you could escape to stunning North Wales for scenery to match New Zealand or consider going further North to the Scottish Highlands. Both these locations offer lots of activities from hiking, walking, climbing mountains, riding bikes or just going overland to see spectacular places. There are also so many amazing cities and towns to visit.


Best Things to Do on a Gap Year in the UK

You can find gap year work and travel programs in the UK for Brits and internationals on our directory. If you are from American, Australian, Canadian, a New Zealander, South African or from other locations worldwide you can find work and travel opportunities today. Our featured gap year trips are open to students, graduates and anyone looking to spend time out doing something different.

There are lots of gap year packages in the United Kingdom available to Brits and also international participants. Some companies offer gap year summer jobs which are a great way to make money and enjoy the warmer months. Positions can vary from instructing sports, working at summer camps, leading tours, helping educational trips or teaching English. Usually you will need to be aged 18+ to apply for gap year jobs in the UK.

Gap year boarding school jobs in the UK are very popular, you usually get free accommodation, meals and a salary. This is a great way to save money and these positions are very popular with Australian, New Zealanders and South Africans. Gap year internships in the United Kingdom are popular with international students.

The UK is home to thousands of local and well established international companies who hire interns throughout the year. This is a great way to spend your gap year productively whilst gaining hands on experience and boosting your future career. 

Some more options include applying to volunteer in the United Kingdom - there are lots of charities and worthwhile organisations which need assistance. This is a great way to do something benefical and meet kind likeminded people. Although unpaid it is something which will open up new opportunities and allow you to give back.

If you would like to improve your learning then you might want to consider studying in the UK. There are lots of highly rated colleges, universities and schools throughout the country which offer courses during summer and other times of the year. You could take a degree or a flexible part time course. If you are not a native English speaker you might want to book an English language course in the UK

All nationalities can book a tour in the UK as long as you are eligible for a tourist visa. You will usually need to be aged 17+ and you can enquire and make a booking through our website today. For busy times of the year like summer you will need to book well in advance to secure a place.