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Gap Years for Older People



Many older people are choosing to take a gap year or time out of their career, or even going on an overseas adventure. Whether you are in your 30s/40s and looking for a career break or 50s/60s when you are retired. The organisations on this page will be able to help more mature travellers or people with families find great things to do on their gap year, and make it a more organised experience. Travelling with a young family may seem like a daunting task, but if you are able to organise the free time and the financials, it can be a wonderful way to bond as a family and to travel to new places, experience new cultures and meet new people.

If you are an older single person or retired couple, you will probably want to combine the backpacker experience with a bit of comfort, so a volunteering trip to Africa working with communities or conservation could be combined with a trek around New Zealand or some relaxing on a beach in Malaysia - sounds fantastic! The companies on this page are great ways to start planning your gap year for grown ups, so start browsing now.



 
 

Companies that can help older people find gap year work

 

African Conservation Experience

African Conservation provide all ages with the opportunity to work alongside experienced zoologists, conservationists, wildlife vets and reserve managers In southern Africa.

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Outreach International

Outreach International

Volunteer to work in an ethical and responsible volunteer project, with the full support of Outreach International. Outreach offer a personal service to help volunteers find the placement where they can offer the most and enjoy a rich cultural and personal experience throughout.

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Kaya Responsible Travel

Kaya Responsible Travel

Over 150 projects across 27 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to volunteer or intern from two weeks to six months in the fields of: wildlife and environmental conservation, medical and health, community projects, NGO and business development, sports, teaching and education.

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The Leap

The Leap

Voted Best Gap Year Company by the Sunday Times. Volunteering, Internships, Summer Gap and Equine placements across Africa, South America and Asia. All programmes contain their unique mix of projects, locations and challenges.

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Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad

Fantastic volunteer and internship opportunities for 16 – 75 year olds. Projects run in 28 countries and include Teaching, Care, Community, Sports, Medicine, Conservation, Law and Human Rights and Journalism placements.

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Grand American Adventures

Grand American Adventures

Choose from the finest small group adventures across North, Central and South America. With over 40 unique itineraries, you’re guarantee the perfect balance of nature, culture and adventure.

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Raleigh International

Raleigh International

Join a Raleigh expedition and experience an adventure you’ll never forget. Hike through incredible landscapes and work with rural communities. Join us in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania. Our expeditions aren’t holidays. They’re challenging and life-changing. If you’ve got the motivation and dedication to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

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Frontier

Frontier

Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.

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Oasis Overland

Oasis Overland

Overland adventure travel ranging from 8 day trips to 38 week expeditions in Africa, South America, Central Asia and the Middle East.Life-changing trips to some of the most inspirational places in the world!

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