Gap year ideas holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

Looking to have a mix of volunteering and adventure on your gap year? Whether you want to join a volunteer project for two weeks or two months we have plenty of volunteering projects for you to choose from. Make a difference on your gap year, choose from our page of leading gap year specialist and responsible operators.
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Live steps from the beach and work on wildlife conservation, from £1460 - £5560 (4 weeks) ex flights
Thailand wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Volunteering break at a wildlife sanctuary in Thailand, from £839 (14 days) ex flights
Teach children in Cambodia
Teach disadvantaged children in Cambodia, from £495 (7 days) ex flights
Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru
Conservation in the Amazon, from £1195 (14 days) ex flights

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Community volunteering in Fiji
Volunteer on construction programs in Fiji, from £1145 - £2895 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
Care for rescued bears in tropical Cambodia, from £595 (7 days) ex flights
Kenya Community & Wildlife Volunteer Program
A unique glimpse into authentic African life, from £1595 (4 weeks) ex flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Work hands on with horses on the South African coast, from £1095 (14 days) ex flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary, from £1131 - £3588 (14 days) ex flights
Teach children English in Thailand
Travel, teach and experience Thai culture, from £1045 - £3795 (12 weeks) ex flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Work with rescued tropical animals such as monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights
Maldives community volunteering holiday
Experience authentic island life in the Maldives, from US $1600 - US $3400 (4 weeks) ex flights
Gap year expedition in Borneo
Volunteer with a community on a tropical island paradise, from £1595 (4 weeks) ex flights
Teaching in Thailand
Teach children in a rural Thai village, from £845 (14 days) ex flights
Healthcare volunteering in Thailand
A medical project that makes a real difference, from £450 (7 days) ex flights
Community project in Northern India
Teach and help with homeopathic medicine in rural India, from £380 (14 days) ex flights
Kenya Coast community volunteering project
Community volunteering and adventure on the Kenya coast, from £1645 (5 weeks) ex flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Hands on rehabilitation work in South Africa, from £945 (14 days) ex flights
Community building project in Thailand
Leave your mark in a small Thai town, from £499 (7 days) ex flights
Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
Turtle conservation and community development in Sri Lanka, from US $1600 - US $3400 (4 weeks) ex flights
Amazon Rainforest Internship in Peru
Unique jungle conservation internship in heart of the Amazon, from US $7500 (24 weeks) ex flights
Volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa
Work with rescued big cats in Africa's largest sanctuary, from £1395 (4 weeks) ex flights
Teach children in Patagonia, Chile
Teach English in the magnificent scenery of Patagonia, from £2895 (12 weeks) ex flights
Social work internship in South Africa
Social work and counselling work experience in South Africa, from £1895 (4 weeks) ex flights
Teach disadvantaged children in Quito, Ecuador
Fantastic teaching project with underprivileged children, from £650 (7 days) ex flights
Madagascar charity volunteer programme
Transform Lives in Madagascar, from £1995 (10 weeks) ex flights
Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda
Customised volunteer project impacting Uganda national park, from £995 (16 weeks) ex flights
Sports coaching in South Africa
Coach your favourite sport & inspire disadvantaged children, from £1180 (5 weeks) ex flights
Amazon and Galapagos Volunteer Program Ecuador
Amazon Adventure and Coastal Community Projects in Ecuador, from £1495 (4 weeks) ex flights

39 reviews for Gap year ideas holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Gap year ideas holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with... (more)Louise Bednarz
Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out! (more)Heather Reynolds
We were so close to the bears and keepers that you feel part of the project rather than just a short stay helper. I think we were really lucky... to have the baby bear (Lola) arrive when we were there too. (more)Anon
From £595 excluding flights
Jungle conservation & research, Peru
Memorable parts? Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great! Tips? There was a lot of walking and physical activity so it’s really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness! Local... (more)Melanie Veal
From £1095 excluding flights
Volunteer with children in Laos
Memorable parts? Meeting the people of Laos, especially the Monks and Novices, and seeing the Laotian countryside Tips? Bring plenty of books and music to keep you entertained. Local benefits? Absolutely. I really felt I had a direct contribution to the improvement of people’s lives Overall rating? It was the most formative experience I have ever had. I would urge any and all people to apply (more)Barry Dixon
From £945 - £3695 excluding flights
Madagascar charity volunteer programme
Memorable parts? Wow, where do you start? That first lemur you spot after trekking for miles through a remote forest. The warm welcome from the local people and all the kids waving to you every day. Having so many laughs each day. Meeting so many different and interesting people and feeling like you have a second family by the end of it. The sense of achievement as you see the school you're building start to take shape. The food is so good, the scenery is breathtaking, the sun rises stunning,... (more)Travis Armstrong
From £1995 excluding flights
Malawi volunteering holiday
A great experience. I got to know some local people and volunteers from different countries and I learned about animal conservation and the social/ economic situation in Malawi. (more)Steve Boud
The most memorable part of the holiday has got to be the people. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly throughout my stay. You were made to feel at home as soon as you arrived which is just what you need after a long flight and arriving in a new country! The most exciting part was riding in the local buses, you get to see the city, meet local people and really immerse yourself in Malawi! (more)Emma Daw
It was so good to get the chance to meet so many local people and the most exciting part of the whole thing for me was helping to bring in an orphaned yellow baboon who was being sold on the street, and she was later named after me! (more)Diana Fentiman
From £1131 - £3588 excluding flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this holiday as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda
The most memorable part of the holiday was being in a community without feeling like an outsider. Everyone was willing to help and also be open about their lives. I loved everything about the experience. (more)Christina Hanazawa
The most memorable parts were the women I met and worked with as a volunteer in Uganda. The women were strong, resilient, courageous, determined and inspirational. They were also welcoming of a white woman from Australia - making me feel one of them as we walked or sat in a circle to meet and explore opportunities. (more)Cheryl Phillips
Our two weeks voluntary work in Uganda flew by with so many highlights, it is impossible to name even a few. The people, their positive attitudes and their willingness to learn, the scenery and of course the gorillas. (more)Jennifer Soddy
From £995 excluding flights
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights
Summer camp in Thailand, teaching English
Memorable parts? There are so many to choose from, but the most memorable has to be when we visited the mainland to teach in a Thai school. The children were not used to foreigners and were really excited to see us, they had us signing autographs and posing for lots of photos!! The school had organised and practised dances for us which we really appreciated and enjoyed watching!! The snorkelling trip on Koh Tao was also brilliant!! Tips? The only tips I could give would be to prepare... (more)Justine Martin
From £995 excluding flights
Volunteer with children & animals in South Africa
It was AMAZING! (more)tracy ciotti
My whole time at the reserve was so incredible with thrills everyday from hurtling along dirt tracks to see elephants, watching porcupines and honey badgers battle right next to camp to the first time you lead a class by yourself. (more)Deirdre McClean
Working with all of the animals and children, and meeting wonderful people were most memorable - the whole experience was memorable and exciting. The trip well and truly exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone. (more)Thérèse Hutchins
From £460 - £3390 excluding flights
Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru
Memorable parts? Cutting a path through dense jungle to fin capybara Tips? Speak to the guys who have done it already for advice! A camera, comfy inner soles, good Headtorch, organic mosquito repellent, waterproof bags were the items I was glad I had the most! Local benefits? yes, all of the above! Overall rating? it was such an incredible experience, expect it to be really hard work but you get out what you put in. (more)William Haward
From £1195 excluding flights
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Memorable parts? The diving on Sail Rock, probably one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand Tips? This is a small village with basic amenities so be prepared to take it easy and relax as there is a lot of down time where nothing is happening. If you get bored easily then make sure you have brought things to occupy your time or better still make an effort to get out and about the island. Local benefits? Not really to the extent that I would have liked, sure spending... (more)Stan Batchelor
From £1096 excluding flights
Animal rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Tips? Local benefits? Overall rating? Poor. Not much meaningful work. It was not well organized in keeping volunteers busy. There were lots of occasions when we ran out of jobs and were told to wander around and look for things to do. Myself and my grandchildren were extremely disappointed. We had a family meeting and left early. Still a bad taste in our mouth. After staying there I felt that the fee charged was excessive. John Brown. (more)John Brown
From £945 excluding flights
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Three hours into a long, dark, sweaty walk on my first turtle survey a mighty Leatherback turtle suddenly looms into view on the beach ahead. We crouch down out of sight behind her and count the number of eggs she lays into a pit in the sand. When she’s done we tag a rear flipper for tracking purposes, take her measurements and record other data. Having covered the nest she doesn’t wait around. Hauling herself back down the beach she slips back into the ocean. We’re all... (more)Dominic Greves
From £1460 - £5560 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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