GapForce
92% Rating
(149 Reviews)

GapForce

Gapforce is a leading provider of structured Gap Year programs and summer opportunities overseas. The wide range of global adventures includes marine conservation, wildlife protection, community volunteering & healthcare, extreme expeditions, leadership training, working holidays, internships, sport coaching, ski instructor and leadership training.

For over twenty years, Gapforce has been running safe, unique and rewarding programs to some of the world’s most exciting and exotic locations. Our overseas staff are some of the most experienced in the industry and look after you every step of the way. You have a choice of group start dates throughout the year – your adventure starts here!

Most Recent Program Reviews

Olga
Female

a journey of enlightenment

10/10

my month in Australia will leave a lasting mark on my heart eternally, the experience allowed me to learn so much about myself and my individual needs, through this experience I have also met some of the most incredibly kind-hearted people that will be friends for life. The experience has led me to question whether to do further long-term travel rather than to rush to university as I met many people who were so passionate about their work which made me question what I wanted to truly achieve in my life and to explore further options. The places we visited were unreal and I would re-do the whole experience in a heart-beat.

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Will
Male
18 years old
Nepal
University of Warwick

Nepal

9/10

Only did the nepal part, the trek was great fun and especially enjoyed the week in Pokhora. I think the volunteering in Pokhora should be extended by a week with maybe a change in location in order to really contribute more. The leaders Barney and Ryan were also exceptional.

How can this program be improved?

Change of volunteering/ add on another week.

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Quinten
Male
18 years old
The Netherlands
Other

Greatest Experience

9/10

I had a wonderful trip! I just did the nepal part, but it was amazing. We were able to see many various parts of the country. This gave me the chance to get to know different subcultures within the main culture. Of course the Everest Base Camp trek was a main part of the trip! It was beautiful to see the untouched nature. Luckily we were able to make it to Base Camp, that was an absolute highlite of the trip!! This was quite exiting because I suffered a day from altitude sickness, but thanks to the expedition leaders (who were of great help) I was able to continue! Thanks a lot GapForce for this experience of a lifetime

How can this program be improved?

The volunteering in Pokhara! I felt a bit useless at the childrens home! But please keep Pokhara in the Iternary it was the best part of the trip if you ask me. I also think the volunteering wasn't as good because it was an national holiday.

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Amazing experience in Bahamas

9/10

I took a trip to the Bahamas in January 2017 for 10 weeks for the marine conservation program, and I loved it. I met some incredible people, including the staff members, who I'm sure I'll be friends with for years. I had never been diving before so it was a bit of a risky move to jump in for 10 weeks, but I absolutely loved learning to dive, the instructors were great and were really helpful. We had two interns from the previous phase who knew everything about the program and the ins and outs of the camp. The camp was even more basic than I thought it was going to be, but I wouldn't have changed that because it made the experience better - everyone is in the same situation no matter where you're from, just be wary of frogs sitting in the toilet bowls! The camp itself is beautiful, right on the beach which stretches for miles with no other people, and the dive sites you are taken to are amazing - if you are expecting to see sharks, rays and turtles, you will not be disappointed! The showers are outside and are pretty cold, but nice on a hot day. You have to do your own laundry but that's easy! Cooking meals is great fun in teams, although trying to make a meal at the end of the week when you have all the boring ingredients left is hard. One of the few downsides is the food, because it's very basic, mostly noodles, rice and vegetables, but there are two local shops where you can get a few luxuries. The only other thing I would add is that your experience can be made better or worse by the people you experience it with; if you have bad instructors or fellow volunteers that you don't work well with then it can be really hard.

How can this program be improved?

I think that gapforce should give the camp manager a bigger budget for a wider range of food and supplies for activities like paint and sports equipment. There are a lot of things on camp that needed fixing or improving, like lights in the toilets and shower curtains.

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Roman
Male
18 years old
United states
Rutgers University

Priceless experience

10/10

Going to Australia was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life. Visiting the Blue Mountains, Whitsundays and the great barrier reef were unreal. I had a fantastic time hanging out with my group as by the end of the trip we had all become good friends. Our tour guide also did a stellar job as she was incredibly easy going and a overall pleasure to be around. I did so many things that it could not all be summed up into one review. I highly recommend doing this trip as I will never forget the experiences I had.

Program Listings

Bahamas

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In the teaming waters around Andros island Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the Island’s valuab...

Europe

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Follow in the footsteps of past Trekforce Leaders including Bruce Parry and Ed Stafford - learn key Survival, Leadership and...

Nepal

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Embark on an epic Gap Year journey through the Indian Subcontinent. Over 8 weeks you will go from the highest mountain in the...

Peru

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An 8 week South American adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanct...

South Africa

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This exciting new program crosses 4 southern African stunning countries, participating as a wildlife and community volunteer...

Spain

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Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as w...

Australia

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Join one of our groups for an action-packed 7 week tour combining travel & adventure with volunteering on Australia’s famed E...

Costa Rica

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An unforgettable jungle adventure in Costa Rica! Participate in World class training in expedition medicine and rescue with o...

Thailand

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An epic South East Asian adventure combining an introduction to Thai culture, community projects, working at our Elephant San...

Fiji

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Join our volunteer marine survey team in Fiji and you’ll soon find yourself living on a stunning South Pacific island being t...

Bahamas

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Gain valuable experience in the field of Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further...

France

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Join our team for an unforgettable ski season in Portes Du Soleil - one of the largest ski areas in the world - for the ultim...

Ghana

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Join our community volunteering placement in the friendliest nation in Africa. Our Ghana project is the perfect destination f...

Indonesia

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From the jungles of Sumatra to the beaches of Bali, this 4 to 8 week program combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan pr...

Costa Rica

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This new journey begins in the deep and dense Costa Rica rainforest with a bushcraft and rafting adventure, before joining a...