Gap Year Travel Ideas & Opportunities

Get more information on all our types of gap year opportunities

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Why take a Gap Year?

A Gap Year is more than just a holiday. It gives you the opportunity to learn new skills for your future employment, and experience a totally new culture whilst having an unforgettable experience with lots of new friends. Although it might sound daunting, it's really exciting and has plenty of benefits! It's important to plan it all properly to get the most out of it. Enter BUNAC. 

Spending some time travelling abroad is also the perfect way to decide whether you would like to move straight into a job or get applying for university after your gap year. It is also ideal if you are looking to gain some real-life employment experience following on from your time at university.

Gap Years benefit your career. FACT.

We recently asked university representatives, careers advisors and our alumni network to assess how important work, intern and volunteer programmes are for school and university leavers. The results? They love them! Check out our blog to see the results.

Here's why we think you should be taking a gap year and why is it so great!

  • Great talking point at job interviews
  • Learn lots of transferable skills 
  • Make amazing friendships with people from all around the world 
  • Opportunity to get off the beaten track and be more than just a tourist

Download our Gap Year Guide for more information on all our types of gap year opportunities and take a look at some more of our gap year ideas for inspiration below:

Working Holidays

Work in Australia

Best for...

  • The highest minimum wage in the world
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Fun in the sun

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Work in New Zealand

Best for...
  • Adrenaline junkies
  • Majestic scenery
  • Lord of the Rings lovers

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Work in Canada

Best for...

  • Skiing
  • Road trips galore 
  • Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 Destination for 2017

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Work in Japan

Best for... 

  • An alternative gap year experience
  • A cultural and foodie heaven
  • Opportunity to learn Japanese

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Intern and Work Combo Australia

Best for...

  • Combining career experience with Aussie landscapes 
  • Relaxing on beaut beaches on days off 
  • Insane road trips

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Intern and Work Combo New Zealand

Best for...

  • Combining career experience with Kiwi sights
  • Adrenaline junkies jumping into adventure sports
  • Hiking mountains with stunning views

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Intern and Work Combo Canada

Best for...

  • Colourful, multi-cultural cities full of spirit and architecture 
  • Food from all over the world 
  • Get involved in wicked winter sports!

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    Professional Internships Abroad 

    Intern Australia

    Best for...
    • Motivated individuals looking to get career experience
    • Weekend travel
    • #InstagramGoals

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    Intern Canada

    Best for...

    • Enticing cities
    • Enhancing your employability
    • Tailor made for you

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    Intern New Zealand

    Best for...
    • Motivated individuals looking to gain career experience
    • Adventurers and thrill-seekers at heart!
    • Beautiful views for days - the ultimate wanderlust destination

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    Intern and Work Combo Australia

    Best for...
    • Motivated individuals looking to get career experience
    • Weekend travel
    • #InstagramGoals

    Read More

    Intern and Work Combo Canada

    Best for...

    • Enticing cities
    • Enhancing your employability
    • Tailor made for you

    Read More

    Intern and Work Combo New Zealand

    Best for...
    • Motivated individuals looking to gain career experience
    • Adventurers and thrill-seekers at heart!
    • Beautiful views for days - the ultimate wanderlust destination

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      Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

      TEFL China

      Best for... 

      • Great networking opportunities
      • Thriving cities buzzing with markets

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      TEFL Vietnam

      Best for... 

      • Delicious, cheap street food 
      • Cultural cities full of history 
      • Great social atmosphere

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      TEFL Thailand

      Best for... 

      • A super social atmosphere
      • Beautiful beaches on days off

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        Gap Year Volunteering

        Sports Coach in South Africa

        Best for...

        • Working with kids
        • Sports lovers
        • Becoming part of the local community 

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        Volunteer in Borneo

        Best for...
        • Animal lovers
        • Travelling whilst making a difference
        • Awesome activities 

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        Volunteer in Nepal

        Best for…
        • Working in childcare, construction, teaching
        • Living with the locals
        • Making a real difference 

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          Gap year questions

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          Say hi to Steve. With a head full of wanderlust, he quit his job in the UK to move to Canada on BUNAC's Work Canada programme. Prepare to be inspired. 

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          Have your parents got a question?

          Established in 1962, we have over half a century of experience with providing working travel adventures worldwide. But, we also know that parents need ease of mind. Find out all the information about us and our contact details here. 

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