Why Choose Gapforce?

At Gapforce, we are proud to offer unrivalled experience in structured gap year programs, volunteer projects and extreme expeditions. Founded in 1989, the Gapforce family takes great pride in organising unique, exciting gap year and overseas volunteer projects that enable young people to become global citizens and make a real impact on the world.

What Makes Us Different

There are a number of organisations that offer programs abroad, and here’s what sets us apart. We feel these are important to consider when making such an important decision and starting your adventure.

  • Our overseas gap year projects are run by UK-trained leaders. Trained from the top down, our leaders are prepared and knowledgeable on our destinations.
  • Our UK-trained leaders are well-researched and our local programs are vetted for sustainability and longevity.
  • Supported and safe.
Marcus Watts

Marcus Watts


“I set up Gapforce to enable young people to become global citizens. You will make a positive impact on your world, while also heading off the beaten path. Our UK trained leaders run unique Gapforce only programs. We aim to offer you programs that are safer than independent travel, so you can join our groups to travel further and experience more.

Feedback from the many students suggests that they gain maturity, confidence and a depth of character. They also feel they have actually made a difference on our volunteering projects and made lifelong friends.

Marcus Watts, Founder and Owner of Gapforce

Marcus Watts has been at the forefront of Gap year safety. He has been an active member of the Youth Explorers Trust, a member of the Year Out Group, the UK regulator and elected Chair of the Year Out Group. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, for services to exploration.


Some of the biggest adventure names have been involved in our programs.

  • Bruce Parry (BBC TV "The Tribe" & "Amazon") was a Gapforce Expedition Leader for over 6 years.
  • Ben Fogle (TV Presenter) filmed "Extreme Dreams" reality TV series on our projects.
  • Jack Osborne (MTV "The Osborne’s") filmed "Adrenalin Junkie" on our programs. In addition we have had the BritishRoyal Family member and over 15,000 student participants.


Safety is the number 1 priority on all Gapforce programs. Our programs are basic, potentially hazardous and should not be considered a conventional holiday, however with over twenty years’ experience we aim to reduce your level of risk compared to independent travel.

To guide us, we have been independently inspected to BSI8848 “Specifications for visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK and now self regulate. We are also members of YearOut Group, who set guidelines and policy for UK Gap providers, Marcus was Chair for 7 years of the Membership and Safety Committee overseeing members safety.We are a Professional Association of Dive Instructors Education Centre and aDuke of Edinburgh Award Centre.

Financial Bonding

All bookings paid by your credit card are typically protected, check with your individual card company.

In addition we are a bonded travel operator. Call us for your full policy details, but here is a summary:

In accordance with The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992 all passengers booking with Gapforce (London) Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.

This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through HCCI International Insurance Company PLC.

Gapforce (London ) Ltd: 05876382 The Greenforce Foundation Charity: 1138690