Thinking about a GAP Year?


After the busyness and stress of A-levels or of your college course the idea of a gap year before starting university or starting work is an appealing one. Whilst travelling or working abroad on a year out can be appealing, we would really encourage you to consider a Christian gap year. It’s amazing to be able to set aside a year for God for him to do something amazing in you and through you. There are loads of great Christian organisations around offering a wide variety of options and adventures.

We interviewed a few people who have recently done gap years about their year and what happened. Hopefully this will inspire you and may give you some ideas of what to do.


Paul’s year With XLP Experience

Experience is an exciting and dynamic year long programme run by XLP in partnership with local churches, serving some of London’s most diverse, challenging and inspirational communities. We spoke to Paul to find out how his year went.



Dean’s year with the Pais Movement

The Pais Movement is an international missions organisation with a free gap year that trains young adults all over the world in youth and schools work using a unique approach to mission, discipleship and Bible study. This gap year comes with high quality training, accommodation and meals. In addition, each apprentice has a mentor, works with a team, and is placed in a supportive church environment. We caught up with Dean to chat about his gap year with Pais.



Eilidh’s year with OM

At OM we want to bring Good News to the poor, to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. We have 3,500 workers representing over 113 nations in more than 110 countries making up vibrant communities of Jesus followers working among the least reached. We offer GAP Year opportunities from three months to over a year.