Gap Year

A gap year is typically known as a sabbatical year that is usually taken by students after high school. The aim of taking a gap year is to provide students to discover themselves and decide what type of education and career pathway they wish to pursue. A gap year is a way of getting students to step out of their comfort zones away from their familiar surroundings into a new environment.

We're looking for keen, compassionate matrics and recent graduates with great English and Maths marks to join the YearBeyond volunteer programme. In addition to the work you'll be doing to support learners in schools, as a volunteer you'll be building your personal profile and setting yourself up for success in the long term.

Matrics who are tempted to take a year off after their school careers – whether it is because they feel they just need a break, or because they don’t yet know if or what they want to study – should think twice about their decision, an education expert says.


Q&A with expert reveals details of working as an au pair. Are you interested in taking a gap year? Whether you’ve just finished school and need some time-out to decide what to do, or if you’ve been working for a while and need a change, au pairing overseas is a viable career choice.

Numerous Cape Town-based not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) have received a boost of youthful energy and expertise, thanks to 17 student volunteers who travelled all the way from the United States to make a difference in under-resourced communities.


Unsure of what to do with your life? The Young Minds Entrepreneurship Programme is ideal for school leavers, current students and even graduates.


Are you nearing the end of your school career? Are you unsure about what to do after you finish the biggest phase of your young life thus far? Do you know that you want to make a success of your life, but don't know WHAT or HOW you want to do this?


Lalela Project seeks to recruit Volunteers to assist its facilitators, based in Cape Town.


Scalabrini has a variety of volunteering opportunities available.


Cheetah Outreach welcomes part-time and full-time volunteers who like the outdoors and the big cats.


Are you great in Maths and English? Year Beyond Programme is seeking compassionate matriculants or recent Graduates to help uplift the youth by volunteering their time.


Have you Heard of a Company Called Chilli Adventures? Sounds a Bit Strange. Why not find out more about this Travelling Initiative.

Eco Odyssey is offering an experience of a life time. For those who are looking for the opportunity to take a gap year while also gaining experience in a field that interests them there is the Eco Africa Experience. This is a gap year focused on conservation and wildlife and offers a 7-month course at Nakavango Conservation Centre in the Standley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve in Zimbabawe that is said to be full of game.

Have you ever considered taking a year off after school to 'find' or discover your self a bit more? Maybe you have been racking your brain as what exactly you should do during your gap year. Volunteering is a credible and enriching experience that allows you to make a real difference to less privileged people's lives, while discovering and learning a lot about yourself at the same time. Let us introduce you to Action Volunteers Africa: (AVA), a post-school enrichment programme placing South African school-leaving students into structured 6-12 month volunteer learnerships in a variety of NGOs and other service organisations throughout the country.