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South America Explore

An 8 week South American adventure combining Spanish lessons, a trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanctuary and a visit to the Galapagos! Travel along the Northern beaches of Peru and spend time at our animal sanctuary in Ecuador. Learn about South American culture with the Shuar and volunteer within the Quito community; don't miss out on the experience of a lifetime!

South America Explore Gap Year Program


Duration: 4 to 8 weeks Prices from: £2400Departures: January, April, July, September,


  • Learn Spanish and Trek Machu Picchu
  • Help rescue animals in the jungle
  • Interact with the Shuar community
  • Make a difference in the Ecuadorian community
  • Make friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Learn Spanish and explore Cuzco – Get to know the old capital of the Inca Empire: sightsee and take in the unique views! As well as being jam-packed with fun activities, you will learn Spanish so that you can interact with the community around you! Learn how to navigate quirky markets and tourist sites!

Trek to Machu Picchu and Explore the Cuzco Beaches – Trek 5-7 hours a day through the Andean landscape, past rivers and waterfalls with great views of snow-capped mountains above and stunning valleys below. Afterwards, head to the coastline of Peru and Ecuador to explore rich history and take in the views! From there, head to the beach where you can participate in various activities, or just kick back and relax.

Volunteer in the Rainforest – Participate in helping rescued animals recover so that they can return to the wild! Help the Animal Rescue Centre and interact with monkeys, Macaws, Ocelots and more! Afterwards, head deep into the forest to the Shuar Tribe where you will learn about their fascinating culture and contribute to efforts to sustain their way of life!

Participate in a Community Project – volunteer in Quinto and get to know the Ecuadorian community! From teaching and playing with children to rebuilding local schools, make a difference and make some memories with the local community.

Explore the Galapagos Islands – participate in hikes, boat trips, snorkelling, wildlife interaction and more! Swim and relax in Baltra, Santa Cruz & Isabella Islands!

What's included

  • Pre-departure briefing and support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Gapforce Leader
  • Local guides and support staff
  • Welcome and orientation briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Spanish lessons
  • All tours on itinerary
  • Project donation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency back-up
  • T-shirt

Why I chose South America

"The programme is such a unique experience because you get to combine all the best experiences of Ecuador. You get great one on one Spanish lessons to help you to really immerse yourself into the South American Culture. You get to experience the amazing South American wildlife up close at the rescue centre. The programme enables you to live in the Amazon Rainforest. And the extras include going to the Galapagos which is one of the most amazing places on earth. And the history in Quito and Peru are amazing from Beautiful colonial cities to the Ruins at Machu Picchu."

Francesca House – Hampshire, UK

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