Gap Year Program in the UK

Looking for adventure, ways to serve others and opportunities to grow in faith? Join with our teams around the world and make a difference – come on a Gap Year with World Horizons UK!

The foundations of our Gap Year:

  • Adventure: Step out and deepen your trust in God as you take on challenges, build lasting friendships and live out your faith within another culture.
  • Engaging with God: Gain a clearer understanding of God’s purposes and how you can work with Him to share your faith with those you meet.
  • Service: Get involved in serving others using your gifts and skills, and make a difference in the local community.

“I’ve developed a broader worldview and have learnt so much about who I am through going to different places and adapting to another culture. I’ve been able to grow closer to God and have seen what He is doing in Turkey.” – Wilson

Our Gap Year programme starts with eight weeks of training at our Centre for the Nations in Llanelli, South Wales where you will learn about topics such as working in a cross-cultural context, team building and Biblical principles. Through the training we want to equip you to take on challenges, develop the confidence to share your faith. and grow in serving intentionally.

As part of your training you will go on an exciting five day mission trip trekking in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, where you will gain an understanding of cultural challenges and the skills needed to adapt.

Having completed the training you will join one of our teams around the world for a six month placement. Opportunities include supporting refugees in Central Asia, working at a ballet school in South Asia, teaching English at a French school and assisting the development of a crafts business in North Africa.

The Gap Year programme is for those over the age of 18.

Gap Year Training

The Gap Year programme begins in September. During the first eight weeks of your Gap Year, you will live in a community setting at our Centre for the Nations in Llanelli, South Wales.

As you prepare for your overseas placement, you will explore subjects such as working in a cross-cultural context, team building and Biblical principles. These subjects are delivered through engaging lectures and workshops given by experienced field workers. Learn more about the Gap Year Program.

We also focus on practical preparation, placing you in the local community to serve alongside a church. This gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning and to share Christ’s love through children’s and youth work, discipleship or street outreach.

Throughout the course we encourage you to identify and reflect on your own personal development as you learn.

We aim to create an environment where you can step out of your comfort zone, overcome fears and grow in faith. We believe it is God who brings about real change in us, but we can be intentional in our own spiritual growth by spending time in prayer, reading the Word, building community and learning together.

Gap Year training continues until mid-November, and finishes with personal reviews. You will then go on a Gap Year placement immediately for six months, returning to the UK for a debrief and celebration week at the end of April. To find out more about the Gap Year Placement click here.

Gap Year Placement

The Gap Year placement is an amazing opportunity to work in a different culture.

World Horizons workers serve in over 30 countries, running a wide variety of projects and ministries. You will be joining one of our long-term teams for your six month placement. All our teams have the same focus, to reach out to the least reached, to benefit the local community and to see God’s Kingdom established. Please be aware that due to changing circumstances around the world, placement opportunities can vary from those currently listed on our website.

You will leave for your placement in mid-November, immediately after the training has finished. We endeavour through the course of your training to practically prepare you for living and working in an overseas context for the course of your six month placement.  

Previously, Gap Year trainees have been able to serve in a variety of different projects with our teams. These include supporting a refugee ministry in Turkey, assisting with a craft business in North Africa and teaching English at schools in France and South Asia. New opportunities are developing every year as situations and needs change.

Before heading home, you will return to our Centre for the Nations in Llanelli for a debrief and celebration week in late April. This is a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your fellow trainees and share your experiences. During this week you will have a personal debrief. This is to enable you to process your placement and celebrate all that God has done in and through you over the last six months.

We also suggest that those coming on our Gap Year consider going on one of our mission trips over the summer, either joining an existing Expedition or arranging a Group Project to serve with one of our teams. For more information about our Mission Trips click here.