Costa Rica placed on the Red List – What does this mean?

What does its inclusion on the Red list mean for travel to Costa Rica? In a turbulent year for international travel, Costa Rica has been a beacon of hope for many intrepid travellers and travel providers alike. With a small population of 5 million people, Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” lifestyle offers plenty of opportunity to get active in the great … Read More

Gapforce Gap Year programs

Covid-19: FAQs

As restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of  Covid-19 are gradually imposed again in the UK, many countries around the world are still dealing with the worst of the pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on all our lives, and for us and our customers this has been most clearly felt in the inability to travel … Read More

Gapforce

Covid-19 Update

As the lockdown in the UK remains, and the Foreign Office continues to advise against all non-essential travel, the Gapforce office remains closed, with a core team continuing to work from home. Many doctors have started to use Covid medical vehicles to be able to visit their patients in their homes and provide them with the necessary help that they will … Read More

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

Coronavirus FAQs – update 9th March 2020

What is the Coronavirus You will no doubt have seen a lot of coverage recently about the novel coronavirus. The new strain of the virus which emerged in Wuhan, China, in January is being called COVID-19 and as this is a new strain of the virus there is not much known about it and therefore the World Health Organisation, governments, … Read More

Coronavirus update for travellers

Many of you booked or planning to travel this year will no doubt have concerns about the Coronavirus and how it may affect your travel. The purpose of this letter is to update you on how Gapforce is responding to the situation.   First of all, as of today there is no impact on any of our planned trips. However, … 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

Thinking of working while traveling in Australia?

Thinking of working while traveling in Australia? Every year millions of tourists make the trip to Australia and discover the meaning of, “Aussie life”. Some come to take a break from school, others may be intrigued by Australian culture. But it’s no doubt that staying in Australia long term has become high on traveler’s agendas. Prolonged stay means finding work … Read More

Volunteering projects with Elephants in Thailand

Why you should say no to riding Elephants in Thailand! Elephant sanctuaries provide a vital home and refuge centre through proper care for elephants in desperate need. Developing and maintaining an animal sanctuary requires extensive knowledge about the life of elephants. But it is also just as important to understand what these elephants have endured in captivity. Animals living here … Read More

Stepping Off the Beaten Path

So, you are thinking about a gap year… Today, this longstanding British tradition is gaining momentum in the US, with Malia Obama’s decision to take a gap year opening new conversations on direction of education and how to best empower young people to become global citizens. Questions such as these have led to a new era of encouraged college deferrals … Read More