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Bahamas

Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

In the teaming waters around Andros island Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the Island's valuable reef and its inhabitants. Our results help...

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Fiji

Fiji Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Join our volunteer marine survey team in Fiji and you'll soon find yourself living on a stunning South Pacific island being taught how to dive in the crystal blue Pacific...

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Belize

Expedition Leader Course with Gapforce

Follow in the footsteps of past Trekforce Leaders including Bruce Parry and Ed Stafford - learn key Survival, Leadership and Management skills on this amazing & challenging...

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Thailand

Thailand Volunteer and Explore

Elephant Volunteer - This unforgettable experience of being able to spend time and bond with the elephants, whilst they’re in their natural habitat is something truly unique....

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Medical Volunteer

Volunteer at an English-speaking coastal clinic in Costa Rica with Gapforce. Gapforce staff will meet volunteers at San Jose International Airport and transfer them to a

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Multiple Countries

Europe Tour

Berlin  Amsterdam  London  Prague and more... Don't travel alone, join our fun group every July and August to explore Europe with our UK leader. Gapforce Europe

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Ghana

Ghana Journalism Internship with Gapforce

Gain a valuable insight into the journalism and media industry through work experience at newspapers, TV centres, and radio stations in Ghana. This is a great internship...

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Ghana

Ghana Law Placement with Gapforce

Gain a valuable insight into Ghana's law system which is broken into three main elements of governance, just as in most democratic countries, consisting of the Judiciary,...

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Indonesia

Bali Road Trip with Gapforce

Explore Bali through a 4 week road trip to discover one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world. Visit temples, learn new art techniques...

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Bahamas

Marine Scientist Training with Gapforce

Gain valuable experience in the field of Marine Conservation, either as a way into the industry or as a platform for further studies. Based on our Marine Research Station...

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France

Ski instructor Courses with Gapforce

Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of Val d' Isere, the Mecca of European Snowsports, Skiforce is based in the only ski school in Val D'Isere...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast with Gapforce

Trek across Costa Rica on an award-winning Trekforce Jungle Training course from Gapforce. The training covers survival skills, creating a camp in the jungle, first aid,

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Australia

Australia

An action-packed 7-week tour combining travel & adventure with volunteering on Australia’s famed East Coast. Your journey begins in the awesome city of Sydney before heading...

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South Africa

South Africa Wildlife volunteer

Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa! Your adventure starts with an action-packed week introducing you...

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Gapforce Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Summer on Andros

i had the most amazing experience on this conservation trip to Andros! everyday held something knew and we were kept busy doing various activities that were the opposite to boring, the diving especially was unbelievable and learning about the island and all the fish was really interesting. it was also nice to get away from all the luxury and experience living in beautiful remoteness. All i can say is that my time was not at all long enough!

Program: Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Bahamas 2015

This trip is utterly faultless. I have never been the company of such amazing people doing things that I love. The staff on the phase were brilliant with a huge font of knowledge about the oceans and environment surrounding us. The equipment we used was top of the range, and I felt safe when in the water. The sea life that I was so lucky to see was amazing, from Caribbean reefs sharks to Loggerhead turtles, the Bahamas had it all. Andros, being such a remote island, had a create sense of community, with locals being friendly and generous with their possessions. The social life was great with 'Timmy's bar' being a 30 second walk from the house. We also went to such events like the Islands regatta which was a great way of embracing the culture that Andros so strongly expressed. The living conditions were great taking into account the remoteness of the Island. If you like rice and noodles this trip is the one for you. Overall I had the best 5 weeks and couldn't have asked for better people to spend it with.

Program: Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

An encounter with a Caribbean Reef Shark

It was afternoon by the time the second group set out to go diving. The sun was shining, and see sparkled in the afternoon sunlight. It was hot and humid, and clouds were lining the horizon. We kitted up and loaded everything into the motorboat, and as we undid ourselves from the boje, four very excited volunteers were lying on the front deck. As we approached the dive site (I believe it was Aladdin's) the wind was tousling our hair and a sudden feeling of happiness erupted in everyone. A smile spread across my face as I felt a deep inner enjoyment and content. The sea was calm so we threw in our BCDs and hopped in with our fins and masks to put everything on in the water. As everyone swam to each other Chloe gave the signal and we slowly descended. You felt almost as if you were floating, weightless. The warm water encased you as you started swimming with only board shorts and a rash vest. As we rounded up around Chloe we all got our dive slates out and began the coral point out. Everyone seemed very confident after the last lecture in the morning and some hours to practice. Chloe showed her amazement and joyfulness by giving us energetic thumbs up ever time we identified a given coral correctly. Like this half an hour drifted by seamlessly. I was just watching Chloe when I saw her eyes focus on something in the distance. I swivel around and am astonished to see a Caribbean Reef Shark swimming by silently. You could see the awe stricken faces of all volunteers, and the coral point out was momentarily forgotten as we all watched with wonder this amazing creature of the ocean. As it started to swim away we went after it in hot pursuit until it disappeared in the distance and blended in with the turquoise blue of the warm water. As we ascended to the the safety stop Theo and Lukas were finally able to fool around, they played around by snatching Chloe's fins and taking off her boots. This ended up being a mad chase in circles until the three minutes were over and we were able to surface. As we inflated our BCDs we all erupted in laughter and Chloe had big smile on her face when she said: "You guys were awesome. You knew your corals inside out, and that dive really made my day!" We finished up that great dive with jumps off the boat and a swim around before we headed back home to camp.

Program: Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Hand over the next Bahama-Mama

What a thrill to live feeling so free from what we deem reality and be part of the conservation for our sea. Leaving behind a world of luxury and learnin that protection of our earth is key. I felt so lucky have had amazing people by my side that encouraged all to leap forward with a positive stride. Thank you james chloe and sam for being the best team in all the land!!

Program: Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Truly Incredible

I cannot find any thing negative to say about this program, from the amazing location, incredible diving and wonderful staff members the two months I had the pleasure to spend on the island of Andros was easily the best two months of my life. What the camp lacks in luxury it more than makes up for in location and being surrounded by amazing people and having amazing experiences daily means any missed creature comforts are very quickly forgotten. The diving, the main attraction to the course, is beautiful, being surrounded every dive by exquisite fish and crazy corals is breath taking at first, however after lectures on fish and corals it soon amps up the experience ten fold being able to ID what you are sharing the warm, clear water with. Overall it was an unforgettable experience that I cannot recommend any more to any body considering it, do it, you won't regret it.

Program: Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

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