Unusual destinations for a working gap year

It can be very tempting to spend your gap year lazing about or doing what just about everyone else does: backpacking through Europe, travelling to Thailand or exploring the outback of Australia. The trick is really to think outside the box.

The truth is that the world is huge and there are so many opportunities available for your gap year. So choose something unusual. Choose something different. Choose something that will leave you with an experience and memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

Taking some time out after university can open your world up to so many more possibilities, including professional opportunities. In fact, there are many job opportunities in gap year destinations that you may find enriching and exhilarating.


Many people head to Thailand to attend a full moon party and spend their days surfing and sunning on their gap year. While that certainly sounds like a lovely holiday, why not put your time to good use? In Thailand, you may be interested in volunteering at the Elephant Care Project, which focuses on the care of elephants that have been rescued from the tourism, entertainment, and logging industries. In your work there, you’ll make banana balls for the elephants – filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and any medication the animals might need.


Mexico is a popular destination for a holiday, but often overlooked for a gap year. Those interested in community support and the environment may be interested in heading over to the Pacific coast of the country to participate in the rubbish dump community project. It may not sound appealing at first, but this opportunity will allow you to work directly with families and children, tutoring them in English, aiding in vocational training, food distribution, and administration.


Argentina is a great place to spend your gap year, not only because of the Andes Mountains and beaches, but also because of the great humanitarian opportunities available. Work alongside nutritionists, paediatricians, social workers, and nurses at the children’s hospital in Mendoza in an effort to put an end to infantile malnutrition. When you’re not helping the professionals, you’ll be able to provide your services to the care team and help support children in their recovery.


The Middle East is often the last destination you might consider for your gap year, but economies in places such as Kuwait are growing in both prominence and wealth. Aside from being an interesting cultural and travel experience, spending your gap year in Kuwait may be a good way to get into the investment sector and begin a career in finance. However, there are also numerous other opportunities in which you might work in a hospital, teach English, or even help build homes. If interested in learning more about Kuwait, click https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06KUWAIT437_a.html to find out more.

Your gap year should be an experience to remember and help you build confidence, knowledge, and appreciation for other cultures, in preparation for not only your future career but also the rest of your life. Why spend your time doing something that everyone else does? Use this time to do something wonderful and memorable.


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