At a glance
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- Experience a different kind of project every two weeks!
- Do conservation work in Nepal
- Help disadvantaged communities with Public Health and Childcare Projects in Cambodia.
- Support disaster relief work by Building classrooms in Nepal.
- Explore the UNESCO temples of Angkor Wat and take a safari at Chitwan National Park.
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Is this Gap Semester in Asia right for me?
If you are 17-24 and seeking a chance to discover the world in a structured, meaningful, safe and engaging setting, you should read on. This programme is designed to allow you to explore new cultures and gain exposure to a variety of fields through hands-on experiential learning.
If you have finished high school and have passion, energy and an open mind to really find out what it’s like to live and work in other countries, this programme is perfect for you!
We explain more about Gap Semester Projects and what they involve below. While most of these projects focus on volunteering, we can facilitate internships during your Gap Semester if you need to fulfil requirements for school. Just let us know when you apply to join.
Work alongside builders, engineers and architects to assist with classroom construction. Kathmandu is still recovering from the 2015 earthquake that devastated the region. Your assistance will make a clear and visible impact in developing the local community and enabling more children to access education.
- Renovate existing classrooms
- Support the construction of new classrooms, toilets and washing facilities
- Learn how to mix cement, dig foundations and lay bricks
Enjoy a weekend trip to explore the foothills of the Himalayas. Tour the lake, visit caves and temples, David’s Fall and Peace Stupa. Watch the sunrise from Sarangkot.
Head to Chitwan National Park to begin your Conservation adventure. Stay in a small village surrounded by rice paddy fields.
- Work with conservation specialists in the community forest adjacent to Chitwan National Park
- Monitor species and conduct biodiversity surveys
- Check camera traps for Bengal Tigers
- Conduct surveys on the greater one-horned rhinoceros
- Raise awareness about ongoing conservation efforts through workshops and lessons in local schools and communities
Childcare and Education
The focus of our Childcare Project in Cambodia is to ensure that young kids learn the skills they need to thrive once they leave school. You’ll provide extra support for teachers in overcrowded and understaffed preschool and primary schools. You’ll teach through play and other creative activities.
- Create lesson plans with help from our local staff
- Support early childhood development through games, arts and crafts.
- Focus on literacy work and conversational English.
- Promote good hygiene practices and teach about nutrition
You don’t need previous experience working with kids. We’ll provide training, workshops, and resources so you’ll have everything you need.
Explore Siem Reap
Learn about the Khmer Empire by visiting the world-famous Angkor Wat and other temples in the jungle. You’ll visit floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake and have some free time to relax or explore Siem Reap.
After returning from Siem Reap you will have the opportunity to join our Public Health initiative. You’ll work alongside nurses and doctors to provide outreach visits and mobile clinics to communities that have little to no access to healthcare.
- Learn basic medical skills from our experienced staff
- Conduct health checks alongside professionals
- Teach children about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene
- Record, analyse, and report data for our Global Impact Database
Where in Cambodia and Nepal will I work?
Phnom Penh sits on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers. However, for all its growth, there remain areas of poverty and marginalization in the city. These are the communities your work will focus on supporting.
Even with Cambodia’s history of war, the city is rapidly developing to keep up with an expanding population and growing tourism industry. In some places, it can be an intriguing mix of traditional and modern life. And, around every corner, your nose will be led to some of the most delicious Cambodian food. The city also boasts a lively nightlife and a great selection of spas and restaurants.
As you walk the streets, you’ll be greeted by saffron-clad monks, chaotic traffic, and some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. You can spend time at the many Buddhist temples, sample delicious fish amok or Cambodian chicken curry, or visit one of the local markets and modern malls.
The cultural and tourist centre of Cambodia, Siem Reap retains some of its colonial French influence. With sprawling night markets and an assortment of exciting street food, Siem Reap is a great place to explore and learn more about the culture of Cambodia. From here, you’re also within easy reach of the world-famous Angkor Wat. Hundreds of ancient temples are scattered throughout the jungle and are an unforgettable sight.
You’ll spend your first 3 weeks in the bustling city of Kathmandu. Explore ancient temples and marvel at the Himalayas.
Chitwan National Park
You’ll live and work on the edge of Chitwan National Park. Surrounded by rice paddy fields, you'll experience rural life and nature.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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