Real Gap Experience

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Real Gap Experience specializes in volunteer and adventure travel opportunities for students taking a gap year or an alternative holiday. Gap year, volunteer and short-term travel opportunities are offered in over 45 countries, from 2 weeks to 2 years, in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Country specific and multi-country options are available, including Around the World trips.

Our portfolio of short and long term meaningful travel opportunities includes volunteer work, paid work abroad, community development, teaching English, sports coaching, adventure travel and skill programs.

Real Gap specialists are available to answer any questions you may have before embarking on your adventure overseas. Visit the Real Gap website for more details and start planning your gap year or adventure travel holiday today!

Programs from Real Gap Experience

Program Reviews

  • mel33442
    Age: 19-24
    united kingdom
    University of Bristol
    Would not recommend.

    I cannot emphasise how much i would NEVER recommend this group to anybody planning on travelling.

    To start off with, the night we arrived they had miscalculated the number of beds booked and did not have enough space to accommodate all the people on the group. Beds ended up being shared which is uncomfortable in small cheap accommodation and with new people. I do not expect nice dorms when travelling but i expect when paying such prices to be at least given a bed.

    This happened on quite a few occasions and I am appalled at how the tour guides handled it.

    When it came to the first day our guide was actually late and very disorganised, ruining our evening plans. This also happened when being woken up to hike the wall of China to see the sun rise. They woke us up too late because they overslept (a HUGE let down for us as we were all excited to see the beautiful view) and proceeded to lead us up a wall that was forbidden to walk up as it was unsafe and unstable.

    They allowed us to camp outside when there was a huge storm with lighting striking the ground in front of us, we had no protection.

    There was also a super-typhoon headed for china and so we had to end our trip early to head back to hong kong. They organised us to travel back to hong kong on the day the typhoon was meant to be hitting mainland china. The bus was shaking as we were being driven back and it was TOTALLY unsafe. When we arrived in hong kong they had put us all up in different rooms and some did not even have beds. They then told us to find our own rooms if we had issues with having no place to sleep. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION IN HONG KONG AT 10PM.

    The trips carried out were charged at extortionate prices in comparison to their true values and for the meals they took us out for at locals, we were ordered to pay the guides (who overcharged us and kept the remaining money for themselves).

    I was absolutely horrified by this group's organisation, concern for our safety and value for money. I do not know where half of my money went but I would never recommend this to anybody who is planning on travelling with a group.

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  • Matt
    Age: 19-24
    Sheffield, UK
    Not a bad day

    Every day is busy, tiring and fantastic. The variation day-to-day was great! Walking with lions pretty much on a daily basis was amazing. Riding elephants and getting to know them was brilliant. Sitting with little cubs was incredible. Shoveling poo and meat prep. was epic! I never wanted to leave and I would do anything to be shoveling lion poo right now just as long as I was in Zimbabwe again! Everyone is so friendly and fun; there's never a dull moment. If you're deliberating on how long to stay for I recommend you stay for the maximum amount of time.

    How could this program be improved?

    The facilities for the volunteers could be improved. Perhaps curtains that fully cover the windows in the bathrooms!

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  • TaraG
    Age: 19-24
    Cornwall, England
    University of Birmingham
    A must-do before you die for any equine enthusiast

    I had an amazing time! At 10 people we were the biggest group they had had all summer but it didn't feel like there were too many people on the project.

    The support staff were the friendliest I have ever experienced and I still keep in regular contact with them. The food that was prepared 3 times daily was food typical of the area and was so tasty, but be prepared to put a bit of weight on!

    We were kept occupied throughout the day, every day and experienced the best riding imaginable on safe, reliable Western horses suitable for all abilities.

    We had Sundays free to do whatever activities we wished and experienced Yellowstone National Park and the wild Mustangs of Cody.

    Overall I would definitely recommend this project to anybody who loves horses and I think the price reflects what you receive well.

    I am definitely going to go back in the Summer of 2013 but will be booking directly with the ranch.

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