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Bahamas

Bahamas Marine Conservation with Gapforce

In the teeming waters around Andros Island, Gapforce groups work with the Bahamas National Trust to survey the island's valuable reef and its inhabitants. Results will...

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Fiji

Fiji Marine Conservation with Gapforce

Join the Gapforce volunteer marine survey team in Fiji and find yourself living on a stunning South Pacific island being taught how to dive in the crystal blue Pacific Ocean. Spend...

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Wales

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 and challenging...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Marine Adventure with Gapforce

Sign up as a volunteer in Costa Rica, where you will focus on marine conservation. This program comes with full training, including PADI qualifications. You won’t just

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Southeast Asia Explorer with Gapforce

Combine adventure travel and volunteering in this awesome 8-week journey to three of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful destinations: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam! Take

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Costa Rica

Dive Instructor Training with Gapforce

Find out what it takes to lead an effective and successful Marine Dive Program in this 12-week Dive Instructor Training Course in Costa Rica! At the end of your journey,

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Thailand

Thailand Adventure with Gapforce

Bangkok & Chiang Mai- Start your adventure in the capital of Bangkok. Spend your days exploring the city and all it has to offer. After, you will visit Thailand's northern...

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Multiple Countries

Europe Tour with Gapforce

The ultimate European adventure every June and July travelling safely and comfortably between cities via train so you have the maximum time exploring. Do not miss out on

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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 a 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 & Nicaragua Expedition with Gapforce

See all that Costa RIca and Nicaragua have to offer on this unforgettable gap year adventure. From the intense and deep Costa Rican rainforest to quaint yet colorful Caribbean...

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Australia

Australia Adventure with Gapforce

This Gapforce program is an action-packed seven-week tour combining travel and adventure with volunteering on Australia's famed East Coast. Your journey begins in the awesome...

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South Africa

Africa Explorer with Gapforce

Visit four of Southern Africa's most beautiful and diverse nations in this epic adventure through South Africa,Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland! This 8 week travel and...

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Nepal

Nepal & India Adventure with Gapforce

Join Gapforce on an amazing journey through the Indian subcontinent. There will be an exotic combination of volunteering programs in two countries combined with an epic 2,000...

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Gapforce Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day 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 Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day 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 Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day 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 Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day 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 Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day 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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