Educational Expeditions & School Trips Abroad

Tailormade. Global Destinations. Over 30 Years of Experience.

Gapforce offers bespoke educational expeditions for school groups and individuals to destinations all around the world.

Since 1989 our experts have been delivering unforgettable travel experiences that are unique and safe, enabling young people to become global citizens and make a real impact on the world.


Tailor Made Itineraries

From one week to four weeks, we create bespoke itineraries which exactly meet the requirements of your group.  Our extensive network of experienced Expedition Leaders and local partners enable us to offer advanced and often unique educational program suggestions for your subject-specific school trips, your trip aims and budget.

Recognised Safety Standards

Safety is the number one priority on all Gapforce expeditions.  We cannot remove risk from overseas travel altogether but by following a clear set of processes and management systems, we aim to reduce your level of risk compared to independent travel in the same location. 

To guide us, we follow the standards set by BS8848 "Specifications for visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK". Gapforce is also a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider (AAP), and we are members of Year Out Group who set guidelines and policy for UK Gap Year providers.  

More information on the steps we take to manage risk and improve safety can be found here: Safety and Support.

Comprehensive Support

From your first contact with us, you will receive highly personalised and comprehensive support.  We know you are busy, so we are on hand to support you at every stage of the process, ensuring nothing gets overlooked.  Your Gapforce Advisor will attend a launch evening, assist with forms, provide fundraising packs, plus follow-up with regular updates and pre-departure briefings leading up to your trip.   

On expedition, you will be looked after by one of our highly trained and qualified Expedition Leaders.  Gapforce Expedition Leaders are a key element of our overall safety provision.  The majority of our Leaders have been through our rigorous four month Expedition Leader Training Course where they have been taught and assessed in areas including Mountain Leader Training, off-site safety management, water safety, Wilderness first aid, rescue training, and incident management.

30 Years Experience

Over 15,000 individuals have completed Gapforce programs. Quite simply this is all we do and what we specialise in.

We have experience of working with schools from across the UK and abroad. The engaging and meaningful experiences we were able to provide their students often brings them back to us for future trips. Feedback from past school trips can be found here and we would be happy to provide teacher references from schools we have worked with in the past.