Gap Year Programmes

Volunteering worldwide -it's not just a nice thing to do, or a holiday, it will change your worldview!

Volunteering has recently seen something of a revival in its popularity, and rightly so.  There are so many benefits to be gained from giving your time and energies to others through gap year programmes. Christian volunteering overseas makes the whole experience even more rewarding for you on many levels. Agapé has built up over the years a network of high calibre partner projects with whom we now work. Agapé staff specially select these projects, to ensure they meet good practice standards set out by a wide variety of professional standard bodies such as Comhlamh, Dochas, BSI and European Commission.

High Standards

The projects we work with around the world are all checked by Agapé to ensure their motivations, work, ethos and accommodation all adhere to the standards set. Projects for gap year programmes vary greatly in their nature, from homeless support charities, independent living facilities for the disabled, to sports and outdoor activity centres, conservation and much more.  During your gap year programmes we work closely with the project while they host our volunteers in order to ensure that both volunteer and project alike have a positive and rewarding experience.

Local Communities Benefit

All our gap year programmes, for all their differences, have one key thing in common - their focus is local community. This is important to us, and ultimately means you can have confidence in knowing that when you give your time to them as part of your gap year programme, you will be contributing to a work that will last for years to come.

Try something refreshingly New!

If you’re looking for a break from the old routine, or want to reinvigorate your career by trying something new, gap year programmes offer have some amazing projects for you. Both short term and long term options are available for your gap year. 

It's Your Choice

Our gap year programmes range from long or short career breaks, short-term breaks, gap year, retirement trips, and expeditions.  Gap year programmes will give you new insights to different cultures, learn new languages, and make some amazing new friends on your gap year travels.

Accommodation and Allowances

Where you stay during your gap year programme can have a huge impact on your ability to enjoy the experience. Gap year programme accommodation might vary from either a home stay in your own room or perhaps sharing with a friend, a volunteer house, a project base or a hostel, but somewhere you’ll be able to relax and feel welcome.

Some projects provide food; on other programmes you will be given a weekly food allowance to buy locally and cook it yourself.  Whilst on your gap year programme we also provide you with all you need - advice, training, 24/7 support, accommodation, food and most importantly the adventure of a lifetime! In some of our long-term projects you can even get a monthly allowance for your personal spending...what more could you need!

Gap year teaching

If you have a passion for teaching, or if you think you might want to branch into education in the future, then these projects will give you valuable additions for your CV! You will be equipped with training material and all the support you need.  We have so many projects all over the World that could expand your experience in a gap year teaching; these are just a few:

Join us in South Africa

Living in the heart of a Big 5 Game Reserve surrounded by rural communities in need spread over a wide area, share your knowledge, skills and experiences with young people in the Zulu heartland.  Alternatively, based in the impressive setting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, interact with and educate AIDS orphans in Orphan Day Care Centres in South Africa. Your gap year teaching work will help promote an established HIV/AIDS awareness programme, as well as having opportunities to assist with local farming.

Volunteer in Asia: Thailand or Bangladesh

In Asia, there are many different opportunities for gap year teaching living in and absorbing life in Thailand, gaining first-class teaching experience among the local population and exploring all that this enchanting country has to offer.
In Bangladesh you could spend your gap year teaching and supporting street kids. 

Spend 3 months amidst the beauty and excitement of Bangladesh, supporting street kids in a local drop-in project, assisting in the local primary schools, and helping young people from the rural communities to improve their spoken English.

Volunteer in Borneo - Medical Care and Conservation

Go on an Expedition to Borneo to spend a gap year teaching Medical Care and Conservation.  We are looking for a very unique team of skilled people for this amazing expedition deep into the rainforest areas of Sabah in Borneo. Working alongside a professional development organisation we will set out for a remote village in the heart of the jungle that is only accessible by boat.

In a surfing and community development project in Peru, your gap year teaching experience also gives you the chance to enjoy the surf!  You’ll be making a difference in this community focussed project spending your gap year teaching conservation and creative arts.

Gap Year in Ireland

In Ireland your gap year could be spent teaching rugby and basketball in a sports education project amongst children in Dublin.  Or in Cork, your gap year could be used supporting and enabling residents with and without disabilities to live as independently as possible – a very special experience!

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So...if you have a passion to get people of any age excited about learning, and you would like to use your time developing this skill and encouraging others then please take a look at all of our projects and see exactly whose lives you could be impacting during your gap year teaching - as well as your own!

Teaching Volunteer

Teaching is an immense privilege, inspiring young minds and seeing them grow can be one of the most exciting things a person can ever do. If you are already teaching, or if you are considering a career in education Agapé Adventures has a great range of teaching projects where volunteers can develop their experience and use their skills to help children around the world.

Our projects include, amongst many others joining a first class team of teaching volunteers who are working to ensure the beauty of Malta’s natural environment is maintained, and to spread the message of environmental responsibility on the island. The team focus on environmental education and marine rescue – protecting local dolphins and marine turtles with a 24hr rescue and rehabilitation service.  Or support one of the most innovative and forward thinking therapy centres around – a fantastic way to use your time and gain experience.

Big 5 Game Reserve in South Africa

In South Africa’s share your knowledge, skills and experiences with young people in the Zulu heartland of a Big 5 Game Reserve.  Or  in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, interact with and educate AIDS orphans in Orphan Day Care Centres in South Africa. Help promote an HIV/AIDS awareness programme, and help with local farming.

Teaching Volunteer in Asia

In Asia there are many opportunities for the teaching volunteer.  Live and absorb life in Thailand, gaining first-class teaching experience and exploring all that this enchanting country has to offer.  Or Bangladesh:  Street Kids Teaching/Support Work for three months in a drop-in project, assist in the local primary schools, and help young people from the rural communities to improve their spoken English.

Travel on a boat expedition to teach in the otherwise inaccessible jungles of Borneo, or volunteering in Peru where surfing can be combined with medical care and conservation and creative arts!  In India if you have some medical knowledge and experience - be it that you are studying medicine or a practicing doctor or nurse you can join as a teaching volunteer in Leprosy and Medical Support joining a dedicated team meeting the needs of those who are unable to access medical care.

Teaching Volunteer in Canada

There’s even environmental education in Canada for teaching volunteers; if you have a contagious passion for the environment and you want to inspire young minds to feel the same way, whilst enjoying the life and beauty of this amazing country, then this is the place for you!

So there you have just a few tastes of what you could do - if you have a passion to get people of any age excited about learning, and you would like to use your time developing this skill and encouraging others then please take a look at all of our projects and see exactly whose lives you could be impacting as a teaching volunteer - as well as your own!
 
Gap year youth work

If you’re over 18 & looking for something out of the ordinary why not look at gap year youth work? A year out spent working in a different way with people from different cultures is the most transforming experience imaginable for a young person and will be a great addition to your CV!

All you need to succeed

Agapé Adventures provide you with all you need - advice, training, 24/7 support, accommodation, food and most importantly the adventure of a lifetime! In some of our long-term projects you can even get a monthly allowance for your personal spending...what more could you need!

Explore the World

Gap year youth work opportunities are great ways to explore your world and use your time to help others make a difference in their communities.  Some people see Gap Years as a time simply to relax and get away from it all - but if you want more from your Gap Year and youth work interests you then you've come to the right place!   You don't have to stay in one place all year; if you wish you could choose a variety of short-term projects to explore for a few months at a time before you launch into the permanent world of work!

Many Choices

We have a wide range of Gap Year projects where you can do anything from teaching street children, assist with medical care, coach sports teams, help endangered species, support the homeless and make a difference! You’ll be making friends in diverse cultures, seeing new places and getting off the beaten track around the World.  Agapé Adventures works with gap year youth workers as individuals; we find out what interests you and what you want to gain from your Gap Year and then we help to tailor make your experience.

Valuable Work Experience

Gap Year youth work opportunities, when organised properly, can provide you with a fantastic amount of work experience which will help you greatly in your chosen career. They can also be a great way to test your vocation and see if it's really what you want to do with the rest of your life before you commit to years of study.

At Agapé Adventures we have tried and tested projects of many different ‘flavours’ and our doors are always open to talk to prospective gap year youth workers, so if you have a question or even if you have no clue what you want to do with your Gap Year then all you need to do is contact us and we can help guide you to the right youth work sector project options that suit you.

Stand out from the crowd

Gap year youth work will also give you an extra maturity and edge with employers who will appreciate that you have been using your time effectively and demonstrating a real commitment to social responsibility. Not only that, particularly in the field of conservation, employers are becoming increasingly aware that environment issues are very important and your gap year youth work experience could count towards getting the job you really want.

Develop your skills whilst having the Time of Your Life!

So if you have a passion for youth work, and doing something REALLY exiting with your gap year (other than lounging about at home playing video games in your pyjamas!), and you would like to use your time developing your skills and encouraging others then please take a look and see exactly whose lives you could be impacting as a youth worker - as well as your own! We have so many projects in so many places, there is bound to be something that really inspires you to become an indispensable youth worker at one of our projects!