Teach, train and tackle your way to a sporting good time

Combine your passions for sport and travel with an athletic year abroad

How green was my year

Jobs in ecology are scarce, so using a gap year to make a head start in your chosen field makes sense, writes Amy McLellan

A vision of global peace

AFS once aided the wounded of the World Wars. Now it offers great gap years. By Caitlin Davies

Preparation for the piste

Students on the Orchards course learn all the tricks of the chalet-cooking trade, says Amy McLellan

Andrew Oswald: Employers look for more than good grades

"Should I do a gap year?" Lots of students ask this question. There is no golden rule: the right answer depends on your aim.

'I wanted to achieve something'

Emma Prest arranged her own year out in Belize, on an archaeological and conservation project

Gap Year Listings

Adventureworks

The world's your oyster

Want to save the rainforests, or just save money? The opportunities are endless, says Amy McLellan

The time of your life

A gap year is a chance to experience things that you would never see or do as a tourist. Don't miss out, urges Peter Slowe

Why the world of work is not enough for today's graduates

The traditional image of a gap year student may be an 18-year-old Hooray Henry, but the demographic of those taking years out is changing rapidly. Today's gapper is as likely to be a 20-something as a teenager, and they can come from any social background. One particular boom area is recent graduates.

Slopes of freedom

The gap year is no longer just about a bit of backpacking: energetic students are now using it to learn skiing, says Emma Haughton

My Latin adventure

Help your chicks as they fly solo

News of derring-do by children abroad worries most parents. Hold your nerve, says Anne McHardy

Celebrity gappers

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