Gap Programs

Don't just travel, be transformed...

Ditch the guidebook, trade your classroom for the world, and embark on a gap adventure that will change your life.

Think epic destinations, awe-inspiring adventures, and the chance to discover who you really are.

Here are some highlights:

  • Traverse coasts, mountains, deserts, and rainforests in a single trip
  • Forge authentic connections to people and places with homestays, cookery and language lessons, plus conservation work and city tours
  • White water rafting, sand buggying, hikes, plus time to rest and recharge!

We've packed our Programs with life-enhancing experiences that will shift your perspective and leave you with the confidence to throw yourself into wherever life leads you next.

This is not just travel, this is transformation…

Choose your own adventure

If you have a specific passion or place in mind, then choose one of our six to ten week Gap Programs.

If you’ve got more time or bigger plans, combine two or more Gap Programs to cover different continents and engineer a full gap year experience.

Our itineraries are packed with the best of each destination, with some free time included to explore on your own (or with your new friends).

We'll take you to those must-see spots and hidden gems.

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Land of the Inca
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  • Price: $14,495 USD for 10 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $1,810 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 10 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
Volunteers clean a beach with sea lion on it
Take a Gap Semester Abroad in South America
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  • Price: $7,895 USD for 8 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $300 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
A group of gap semester students experience cultural immersion in a Maasai village in Tanzania, East Africa.
Take a Gap Semester Abroad in East Africa
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  • Price: $6,595 USD for 6 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $300 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 6 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
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What makes our Gap Programs so special?

They are the perfect blend of adrenaline, exploration, and meaningful connection.

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver authentic, unforgettable experiences – with safety, support, and the freedom to explore.

Each program contains our Gap Components, the DNA of our philosophy around transformational travel.

Gap Components focus on five essential aspects:

  • Adventure  — outdoor activities that boost confidence
  • Community  — make a positive impact, and develop real connection through relationships
  • Exploration  — go off grid, embrace nature, and build resilience through new experiences
  • People & Planet  — learn about global issues, local responses, and different cultures
  • Transformation  — personal growth, new skills, and self discovery

For more information, read What are Gap Components?

You may only get one gap year.

Sure, other travel opportunities will come and go but you'll never be just as you are right now — on the brink of change, and completely free.

Take the leap, and invest in yourself.

Why Projects Abroad?

With over 30 years of experience connecting people with purpose, we’re no stranger to the transformational power of travel. 

We believe for transformation to take place, your experience must be authentic. Likewise, the best experiences unfold where there is a real connection to other people, places, and the planet. And, when done well, travel benefits everyone involved

Our global network means we have two things to give you the experience, security, and connection you crave — local experts and local knowledge. 

Of course, we know the sights, and you’ll see these. But you’ll be more than a tourist. You’ll be immersed in a local culture and way of life — so you won’t just see the world, you will feel it too. 

  • Relax, we’ve got this — we handle the planning so you can focus on the fun stuff
  • Budget-friendly — honest pricing means no nasty surprises. Accommodation, activities, meals… all included
  • More than just photos — return with new friends and unlock a whole new outlook, passion and perspective on this planet you call home.

What are Gap Components

Our Gap Components are the DNA of our philosophy around transformational travel.

Each Gap Program contains our five essential components:

Adventure

Leave your comfort zone in the dust! We're talking hiking epic trails, rafting down rapids, dune buggies, and ziplining through incredible landscapes. This is more than just an adrenaline rush. These adventures are designed to build your confidence, strengthen bonds, and give you life skills that will stay with you long after you unpack your bags.

Community

Ready to make a difference? Get involved and give back to the incredible places you'll visit. Roll up your sleeves and join beach cleanups, help protect endangered forests and wildlife, or teach, build, and lend a hand in local communities. You'll learn about giving back, see the world through a whole new lens, and leave a positive footprint, wherever you tread.

Exploration

Time to go wild! Picture camping under the stars, spotting rare animals, trekking into the remote wilderness, and experiencing life in a homestay. It won't always be easy, but that's the point. These programs are designed to build your resilience and ignite your sense of adventure. You'll push your limits, ditch the digital world, and stretch yourself further than you ever thought possible.

People & Planet

Ready to go beyond sightseeing? Dive headfirst into the real issues facing our planet, learn from local experts, and immerse yourself in our vibrant communities. Get hands-on, open your heart, and experience different cultures for yourself. These programs will shake up your perspective, inspire you to act, and help you understand your own place in this awesome, interconnected world.

Transformation

This gap year is your chance to invest in yourself. Homestays, workshops, excursions… These aren't just activities — they're stepping stones to uncovering what makes you tick, and building the skills that will help you become the best version of yourself. Think boosted confidence, newfound independence, and a global mindset that'll open doors down the road.

FAQs


What's included?

The cost of your trip covers everything except your flights, visa(s), insurance, and spending money.

You'll get:

  • Picked up from the airport, and taken back again when it's time to go home
  • All internal travel such as coach, ferries, and flights
  • Three meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 support in destination(s)
  • Regular social events, excursions, and workshop activities
  • Visa support and advice
  • Full induction and orientation by experienced staff upon arrival

For a full list, read What's included in the price?


Can I do more than one Gap Program?

Yes you can!

Our Gap Programs are designed to work together, so you can do more than one. Combine trips to customise your gap year or join a global gap year experience.

Contact a Project Expert today to discuss your options.


How do I pay?

All that is needed to secure your place on any Gap Program, Gap Semester, or Global Gap Year is:

  1. Pay a $295 deposit today
  2. This deposit is taken off the final balance of payment for your trip
  3. The remaining balance is due to be paid three months before you travel

You can choose how much, and when to pay, up to three months before your start date.

This means you have complete flexibility to save up or pay in instalments at a time that suits you. 

There is no interest, no credit, and no fees. You are in total control. 

Read Payments made easy for more information.

Got questions about our Gap Programs?

Call us or email now to connect to a dedicated Project Expert who can help you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

(+1) 619 320 2424

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