Can you Travel and Reduce your Carbon Footprint?

Here at Gapforce we are constantly seeking ways to lessen our impact on the environment, reduce our carbon footprint and become more Eco-friendly. We are also equally determined that participants on our programs, whether they be trekking to Everest Base Camp or volunteering on a private game reserve in South Africa, contribute to a more Eco-friendly environment and make steps … Read More

Gap Year in Southern Africa

Backpacking South Africa: Where to find the most stunning scenery

Located on the southern tip of the Africa continent lies sun soaked sandy beaches; lush, craggy mountains; and remote, serene desert dunes – South Africa teems with diversity and offers astonishing opportunity for exploration and adventure. Best things to do in South Africa Safari South Africa offers one of the finest safari destinations not only on the continent but in … Read More

Backpacking in Peru: A True South American Experience

A land of ancient civilisation, vibrant colour, immersive culture and stunning landscapes, Peru is one of the world’s finest adventure travel destinations. Trekking the renowned Inca Trail to the heights of Machu Picchu should be on any explorers’ bucket list, but Peru is also home to a further 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 12 National Parks, providing ample opportunity … Read More

Expedition leader training

Know Before You Go: FAQS, Expedition Leader Training

Program: Expedition Leader Training Location: UK, Costa Rica, Panama Duration: 16 weeks   The Expedition Leader Training Course has a lot of moving parts and a huge number of important considerations, and the build-up to such an adventurous undertaking can seem daunting and fraught with uncertainty. Here we’ve put together our answers to seven of participants’ most frequently asked questions, … Read More

St Luigi’s Community Volunteering and Swimming with Seals!

Read the latest update from week 3 on our South Africa Adventure program, courtesy of Dante Tejuso! For the second week in Oudsthoorn, school was back on so the after-school activities at the centre were too. In the morning, the boys were making cement bricks by hand, clearing rubble to make space for a garden and driving to the rubbish tip to … Read More

Visiting the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is as good as they say

This week our team of travellers update us after seeing the Taj Mahal on their Nepal and India gap year adventure. 14th May My blog begins on departure from McLeodganj. We swapped what felt like our home in India for 700 km of road and 20 hours of trying to find a comfy position. The destination was Agra – possibly the … Read More

South Africa

Climbing Lions Head and Table Mountain in South Africa

Read our first update from the week 1 on ourSouth Africa Adventure program, courtesy of Shirin Schälen! On our first week in South Africa we all met each other in a hostel in Capetown. In our group there’s Eva, Juliette, Sam, Dante, Xavier, Shirin and our guide Sean. Sean decided that the best way to get to know each other is … Read More

Red eyed tree frog Costa Rica

Tales From a Jungle Survivor – by Michela Vincent

After a stressful, delayed flight to San Jose and a morning spent hanging out with my new wilderness medicine pals, the trip, for me really kicked off on our 4 hour bus ride to the Caribbean coast. The views were spectacular; I couldn’t tear my eyes from the road. The rapidly changing…

5 Reasons To Do A Ski Instructor Course On Your Gap Year

Ski Gap Year: 5 Reasons To Do A Ski Instructor Course

I had been lucky enough to go on a number of ski holidays with my family as a kid and knew from the start that skiing was my favourite thing in the world! As long as I can remember I had wanted to take a Gap Year after college, so naturally, I spent both years there thinking about nothing else but a ski season!