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So the A Level results are in, but instead of heading to Uni you might be one of the lucky few, who for a multitude of reasons, is opting to take a gap year.

According to ABTA, bookings for gap year type holidays were on the up in 2016,  but these days it’s less Gap Yah and more Gap WAP (work & play) – the new gapper seeking to enhance their CV, earn some hard cash, AND travel.

Yes, that single minded, spiritual quest to find yourself is so last year, which means, if you want your year off to pay off, you’ll have to choose how and where you spend your time more wisely.

Malia Obama has popularised the WAP year stateside, her twelve month hiatus before attending Harvard University involving working with television studio The Weinstein Company, travel to Indonesia and partying at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

So what about Africa?

Maasai TribeOn this wondrous continent, you can have your cake and eat it, as even your safari will be filled with experiences which allow you to gain a whole host of transferable skills – valuable skills you can really hammer home come that all important interview. From improving your team working abilities on a white water rafting trip down the Zambezi to building cross cultural social skills on a volunteer project – the list of life learning pursuits is endless…

Get stuck in while you’re out on tour and sort your CV with one of these career topping activities:

* Book an optional half day of volunteer work with the SoftPower project in Uganda and help to paint local schools

* Mingle with the locals and visit South Africa’s townships in Cape Town

* Learn to dive on a beach and bush safari, our tours covering Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and various hip and happening sand swept hideaways on the Southern coast of Mozambique* Combat your fears through a range of adrenaline activities for example bungee jumping at the Victoria Falls or complete a challenge en route through Africa, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!

* Make a group splash on the Zambezi with a white water rafting trip

* Overland travel is participatory so throughout your tour, our longest itinerary lasting 58 days, you’ll be pitching in with cleaning, cooking and setting up camp, these duties allowing you to wax lyrical about your team working skills on your return home!

Want to give back? We offer add on volunteering opportunities in Cape Town through our partners, GVI (Global Vision International), their programmes incorporating additional educational visits to townships in south Africa’s Mother City.

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Alternatively. sign up for Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action. Held every June/July, the Livingstone based event brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active. Usually lasting over three weeks, there will be the opportunity to plant trees, grow food forests, build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, brighten up schools with eco murals, attend sustainability workshops and celebrate with live music.


With UK Government legislation now making it easier for institutions to offer two-year degrees to those who want a faster pace of learning, the WaP year is sure to become even more enticing – shorter courses, less debt and more time to play with, meaning there could be no better time to indulge in Africa.

So what are you waiting for? Search by type of tour, country, highlights, budget and tour length on our website, and find the perfect adventure to snap into your WAP year today!