GapForce

GapForce

About

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!

Founded
1989
Headquarters

3rd Floor, Chester House,
Fulham Green
London
SW6 3JA
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Mandi
10/10

This trip exceeded my expectations more than I could’ve imagined. If you have any doubts about a trip like this, look past them and sign up anyway! It is so incredible, and you will have the time of your life. Southeast Asia is absolutely breathtaking, it will feel surreal to see the landscapes you’ll encounter, like you’re in a movie. I was unsure about traveling with a group of people I’d never met, but I ended up making connections with people that I hope will last a lifetime. This trip has changed me immensely, and made me more sure of myself both as a traveler and in my day to day life. The only bad thing that will come out of this trip is when you have to go home! I made some of the best memories in my life on this amazing trip, and it gave me a better perspective on my goals and who I want to be. Don’t let uncertainty or fear keep you from experiencing this life changing adventure. And when you get there, give the trip your all. Make the most of every day there, go explore, take hikes, wake up early some days and stay up late to see how the city changes when the sun goes down. Fully immerse yourself in wherever you are, and I promise you’ll have the best time. Don’t forget to journal, or at least take some time to reflect to yourself and take a moment to appreciate where you are. You’ll want to remember how you felt when you get home. To sum it all up even though it’s hard to put how great this trip is into words: do it. Thailand is incredible, Gapforce is incredible, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to look forward to!

How can this program be improved?
Some items on the itinerary could be changed or made optional, such as less time in Kanchanaburi or more planned activities there. Also the kit list could use an update, I packed a lot of camping items and such that I didn’t need.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
9/10

This was an incredible trip for me, and allowed me to experience lots of things that I’ve never had the opportunity or confidence to do before. The expedition leader Tom was very useful to have around, and having him made my first travelling experience much less stressful, especially as my Spanish is terrible. He did an amazing job of dealing with challenging and changing local and group circumstances and really made the experience what it was.
The diving instruction I received at Oceans Unlimited was unparalleled, and has provided me skills and qualifications I hope to continue using for years.
I would absolutely recommend this trip, especially to anyone looking for an authentic experience of Costa Rica and travelling.

How can this program be improved?
There were some small communication issues with the uk based team to begin with, however with some perseverance on my part they were very useful and accommodating
Yes, I recommend this program
Luna
10/10

I loved my time in the Bahamas, it was a lot of fun but also really educating.. you learn about the environment, the ocean but also a lot about life in general, and yourself too! You’ll find friends for life and you will experience a time you’ll never forget.. great diving, great staff, feels like family. Camp is pretty basic but when you’re there you realise that you don’t need more in life then what you’ll have there. Besides the diving there are many cool day trips for weekends but also a day off per week so you can explore on your own or just hang out and chill with new friends..

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tristen
10/10

I've learned much more on this 6 week trip about myself and the world then I did in four years of higher education. This trip has showed me alot about myself and what really makes me happy. I am already planning my second trip because of how amazing this one was. This trip gave enough freedom to where I would feel comfortable traveling by myself, but the structure it did have made it less stressful for a first time traveler. The volunteer groups made me so excited to get out and try to help the community some more. The experiences and lessons from them are indescribable! I really can not see myself traveling without finding at least one volunteer program. really couldn't reccomend this trip enough! The sights and learning experience will be something you carry with you forever. If you do decide to come on this trip the biggest thing I could advise is to always say yes with a smile! Take risks and put yourself in positions you wouldnt normally put yourself in. Say yes to hikes even if you do not do it at home. Say yes to getting a little messy and learning a new task. You learn so much about yourself and what you really can do when putting yourself in those situations. If you dont you will miss out on some golden opportunities. The leaders are very helpful and amazing people. They will help make you feel as comfortable as you can in those new situations, so just know you are never alone. There are too many amazing memories to really pick one favorite. Some being all the laughs and experiences shared with the people I can now call some of my best friends. I think one memory that does stand out would building a house in just three days. To see what our group was capable of when working together and even the things I noticed about just myself were unexplainable. To finally hand it over to the family and see just how much this act had changed their lives. The feeling is something that could never be beat. Please to all who are thinking about doing this program say yes! Go for it and I promise you you will never forget it.

How can this program be improved?
An updated kitlist from the office. Did not use alot of stuff on the kitlist which was apparently an old list. It also would have been nice to have more contact with the leaders before hand because there were questions the office would try to answer that could have been better answered by the leader.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Morgan
9/10

Had a great time with my instructor and met some interesting people, I believe the communication between Gapforce and my instructor could have been better and I did feel like I somewhat missed out on one aspect of my diving because not all parties were made aware of me already having my open water (which Gapforce was made aware) and being scheduled to get my open water as opposed to my advanced open water

How can this program be improved?
Better communication between Gapforce and instructors. My instructor Tom Poulter however did an excellent job with the provisions provided to him and personally I feel we got on quite well
Yes, I recommend this program

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