What is a gap experience, and when can I take one?
A gap year is a great opportunity to take some time out to think about what you want to do, It gives you a chance to have some exciting adventures out in the world,
You can have a gap experience at the end of high school, or university, or with Go Kiwi Go you can take your gap experience any time you like. Perhaps you decide to leave school before the end of the year, or maybe you want to work for a few months and then go away in April or June, or some other time. With Go Kiwi Go, you take your gap experience when it suits you.
We have gap experiences from two weeks upwards, so there's something for everyone. You might want to take a year off, or you might only want two months, or a few weeks, it's up to you.
At Go Kiwi Go, we're very experienced in working with young people travelling. We understand the challenges of immersing in a culture, which are different from being a tourist. Part of every Go Kiwi Go experience is working with our ICL (Intercultural Learning) Coordinator, who provides support and learning before, during and after your trip.
Check out the short video at the bottom of this page, of Hedi's gap experience in Costa Rica.
How long can I go for?
Go Kiwi Go has experiences that range from two weeks to six months and everything in between, and if you find you're having a really great time, then you can extend your programme.
We have destinations around the world, with programmes in 15 countries, from six regions click here for more information.
Why travel with Go Kiwi Go?
Go Kiwi Go is a division of AFS, New Zealand's longest running student exchange programme, We've been doing exchanges since 1947, so we know what we're doing. We have a wrap around service, with partners in all of our destinations. We beleive that through travel people gain a richer understanding of others and themselves, and a gap experience with Go Kiwi Go is a fantastic and safe way to discover the world, expand your horizons and challenge yourself. We support you before, during and after your experience and with over 70 years experience, you know you're in safe hands!
Additionally, as part of our gap year experiences we provide an educational learning journey, so not only are you actively participating in your gap year, but we work with you to complete a Global Competence Certification, a valuable addition to your CV. For more information on the value of global competence, click here.
Why should you volunteer?
At Go Kiwi Go, we like to think of volunteering as an exchange, you give your time, your energy, your ideas, and your fees, but you also receive; doing something tangible like building, taking samples, helping educate, or any of the other great opportunities we have, which enable people and communities to reach their potential. You might ask why people pay to volunteer, for more detailed information, click here. At the end of the day, each individual person needs to make a decision that suits them. We believe the volunteer fee ensures the work volunteers do isn’t a burden on the local community, and that the community really benefits from the volunteers help and expertise. It also ensures that volunteers get the best experience with wrap around services, and that they come away feeling like they’ve really made a difference…..because they have!
So, what now?
Well have a look around the website, and see what projects we have and where you can go. Then give Rhiannon a call, she's our Outbound Operations Coordinator (takes care of people heading away) and have a chat about what you're thinking of doing.
Rhiannon is from Wales, and is herself is an experienced traveller, and she'll be able to answer any questions you have, and will guide you through next steps. Just call 0800 600 300 or text "Please call me about a gap experience with GKG'" to 022 639 0560, and we'll call you back, or alternatively fill in the form below.
And take our fun Go Kiwi Go Gap Year Quiz, it will help you figure out what sort of trip might suit you!! Just click here.