Gap 360

Gap 360


Gap years (and shorter trips) for Americans - we think it's about time. Whether you are pre-college, post-college, in between semesters or in between jobs, First Abroad offers a gap trip that fits your individual style, schedule and budget. Work in Australia. Party in Thailand. Backpack in Bali. Volunteer in South Africa. Explore Europe. Over 150 trips available in over 50 countries. What's your gap?



Yes, I recommend this program

The support, encouragement, love and care that I received was incredible throughout the 4 weeks. I am very grateful to my teachers, course coordinator and my fellow trainees for their immense faith in me. These 4 weeks were the best days of my life. I feel I am a better teacher today and a better person. The hands on experience as a teacher is something I cannot articulate in words. I was groomed as a teacher and the constructive feedback was so helpful at every step. Prague is a diamond among the pearls. Thresholds is a diamond among all the institutions.

What would you improve about this program?
The best program ever!
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Yes, I recommend this program

I traveled all over the nation with south Amerixan journey. I met a ton of interesting people and had a chance to work on my Spanish and Portuguese. The beautiful scenery and amazing architecture I witnessed all made the trip well with the expense. I saw mountains and jungles and had a ridiculous amount of fun! Do not miss out on this program. You will indefinitely regret it for the rest of your life

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Yes, I recommend this program

My first week in Sydney was amazing the trip was so good and worth the money we paid, my favourite part of the trip was Port Stevens.

I am now in Surfers Paradise and have an apartment I am also working doing appointment setting for Marketing managers so am getting on really well!

We would not have managed that first week without all of the stuff that was done for us before we even arrived it was so helpful and it put me at ease alot.

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Yes, I recommend this program

The Absolute Oz Jobs perfectly set me up for my time in Australia. From start to finish I was well looked after. An incredibly fun first week included sand boarding, a rainforest beach camp and a city tour before being given comprehensive support to help me find work. I highly recommend this to all!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I learned so much about India and its culture by doing this wonderful program. The program helps you to the fullest and I believe it was one of the best ways to see India. I would love to go through this program again and see more of the Southern part of India. One month was great but not really long enough. I loved working with the communities and feeling as part of it. They are so appreciative and love that you love to help them and their children. The food , people, facts, culture, all where amazing!

What would you improve about this program?
The safety at night was a concern of mine once. But that was about it. They listened and responded the best they could. The pick up at the airport could had been more organized.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Olivia Volpe


What position do you hold at First Abroad? What led you to join their team?

I work as a Trip Expert with First Abroad, which means that I am here to help travelers find their best possible gap trip! I found out about First Abroad on a whim, but after hearing about their amazing trips and overall goals as a company, it seemed like the perfect match for my wanderlust spirit.

What are you most excited about, both in terms of your role and for First Abroad as a whole?

I get really excited when I can make someone's travel dreams a reality. There's a certain excitement that comes with traveling abroad and matching people with the right adventure means making that excitement a reality. I think First Abroad is going to bring gap years to Americans in a way that has never been done before. Americans are ready to take on the world and we're here to help them do it.

What makes First Abroad's program most unique and special?

The programs at First Abroad are for everyone! There's no strict application process on most of our programs because our main goal is to get people traveling abroad. Also, while we welcome anyone aged 18+, our programs are a great fit for post college aged people who aren't looking to hit corporate America quite yet, or may need a break if they already have.

If you could wake up tomorrow and go on any of First Abroad's trips tomorrow which one would you pick?

Absolute Oz, hands down. I am very happy with my position at First Abroad, but I'm one of the lucky ones. If I had a chance to go work and play in Australia for a year, I'd be crazy not to take it. Plus, we include an intro week in Sydney on this trip, which sounds like an amazing time in itself.

What advice do you have for someone who's considering their first trip abroad?

I think my best piece of advice is to always follow your gut, and pack light! By that I mean take the time to choose the destination and trip that are right for you. Putting in the work before you leave will mean you'll have that much more time for fun stuff once you're there! And as for that second bit, the lighter you pack the easier it is for you to go anywhere at a moment's notice!