From London, a city that seamlessly blends the old world with the seductively modern, to the York countryside, England is a must see for any traveler and a great destination for taking a gap year. While England is not an ideal country for sun-tanners or surfers (the weather can be rather dreary) its influential cultural history makes it a prime location for those looking to gain a fuller understanding of how our modern world developed. England gave rise to artistic and scientific revelations that will never be forgotten, and seeing them first hand is an experience of a lifetime!


Volunteer opportunities include working with children, the disabled, the homeless and troubled families. Volunteers can also wander through England’s pastures, contemplate Stonehenge, and visit the parliament. Volunteer projects happen all around the island and volunteers can choose to be placed in a quaint, village, or in the buzz of London town. Working in such a diverse community and culture will expose volunteers to a rich recipe of experiences. Volunteers will experience excellent training that will benefit any career they pursue. Programs generally run between 6 and 12 months but each program is unique, so search through volunteer providers and find the best match for you.


England has always been a popular tourist destination. Due to its rich history, diverse culture, and exciting current events (such as the London Olympics) England is now, more than ever, a premier destination for students looking to intern abroad. Internships can be found in a variety of fields such as business, economics, communications, and politics. Interning in London will gain you respect, earn unmatched experiences not accessible back home, and have meaningful contacts for life. A letter of recommendation and listing an international internship make interning in London all the more worthwhile.

Cost of Living in England

Living in England, particularly London, is very expensive when compared to many places in the World. While the strength of the pound has decreased in recent years, it’s still around 1.6 times stronger than the U.S. Dollar. A single room in London can cost as much as 650 pounds. That’s roughly $1040. The cost of living will of course depend on the situation (and tastes!) of each individual, but you should still plan effectively. It’s important to be aware of the costs you will be facing as a traveler, but don’t let it put you off! Plan carefully and think about cost-saving strategies. The cost of living in England shouldn't be too overwhelming if you are willing to make small sacrifices. While in England, look for shared housing and utilize the excellent public transport networks. You can also avoid excess fees from your bank by opening a UK Bank Account.

Culture and Etiquette in England

Politeness is highly valued. Always say "please" and "thank you" and "sorry". Touching is usually kept to a minimum and the English tend to keep a 2-3 feet distance while speaking. In a business environment, touching is very minimal and personal space should be respected much more than in a family setting. At a first meeting, both men and women generally shake hands. Work opportunities for women are varied and available, yet women still make less money on average. The English value being well dressed and nicely groomed. Make sure that you’re prompt and ready to go, the term “time is money” is taken seriously in England.

England has stood as a beacon of democracy and a bastion of ideological freedom, and yet has maintained its ancient traditions. In a single day, a visitor can see the ancient ruins of an aqueduct, a medieval castle, and the Charles Darwin exhibit. England has a rich history of renaissance art and, of course, was home to the most influential writer in literature, William Shakespeare. The English are proud of their rich history of storytellers and social thinkers.

England, a first world country, has strong health and safety regulations. The water is safe to drink and restaurants must adhere to strong health codes. Vaccinations are readily available, but England does not have widespread cases of disease to worry about.

Gap Year Programs in England

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Art History Abroad
Art History Abroad | The Autumn European Gap Semester Program
Multiple Countries
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EF Gap Year
EF Gap Year: Customizable 25-Week Program in Multiple Destinations
Multiple Countries
9.56 •9 reviews

Eager to become more worldly and prepared for college in just 25 weeks...

Global Work & Travel
Working Holiday in the UK | The Ultimate Gateway to Travel Europe
9 •2 reviews

Imagine, there’s a long weekend coming up. What are you doing? Maybe a...

Verto Education
Verto Education Semester Abroad With College Credit
Multiple Countries
8.95 •22 reviews

Verto was designed to give you the gap year experience while earning...

Dream Careers
London Internships | Dream Careers
9.88 •17 reviews

Dream Careers offers an all-inclusive internship programs in London...

Scotia Personnel
Hospitality Gap Year Experience in England
10 •4 reviews

This is the program for people with experience in hotels, restaurants...

The Intern Group
Gap Year Internships in Europe with The Intern Group
Multiple Countries

The Intern Group is the leading provider of international internships...

Art History Abroad
Art History Abroad | The UK Programme

Starting college in the spring or taking a Gap Year? Why not kick...

Art History Abroad
AHA Arts and Culture Festival

The AHA Arts and Culture Festival is a gathering of fewer than 25...

Canadians: Summer Camp Jobs during your Gap Year in the UK
Multiple Countries

Canadians aged 18 - 30 can experience living and working in the UK on...

Campus Oxford
Campus Oxford - Oxford Gap Year

Our Campus Oxford Gap Year is a unique opportunity to spend a year or...

Oxford International Study Centre
Gap Year Programmes in the UK with OISC

A Gap Year (or Semester) is a valuable opportunity for students before...

Latitude International Education
Latitude International: Au Pair in the UK

Travel to England on an au pair program and participate in cultural...

KiwiOz Nannies London
Au Pair, Live-in Nanny or Daily Nanny in LONDON with KiwiOz Nannies

Are you a caring, fun person who loves the outdoors, travelling and...

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