Need to raise some serious cash before you start uni? Or maybe you want to gain experience before you enter the world of work? Either way, here are the 5 best places you can work in your gap year…


We’re guessing you’ve heard of Camp America before? Well, say hello to the improved version. AmeriCamp gives you all the perks of other camps AND provides you with a pretty decent salary too. If you’re 18+, you can bag yourself over $1500 for a summer of work. They also provide you with a travel discount, meaning your flights can cost you as little as $450! You’re guaranteed the time of your life, you make tons of friends and you’ll build a host of new skills!

Rating: 7/10 (Fantastic experience, just make sure your expenses don’t rack up too much…)

group of people enjoying a festival in summer

AU Pair

If you're looking to improve or pick up a new language, this is definitely the job for you. Au pairing often involves working in a country abroad, looking after a family of children. You live in with the family and receive food and accommodation for free. With over 21 host countries to choose from, the go-to company is AuPairWorld. You can skype and chat to a range of families before you commit, leaving you feeling fully prepared and ready for a year of fun.

Rating: 5/10 (A great way to learn new languages, but can be low waged and lonely at times).


The National Citizenship Service is definitely the best UK alternative to Camp America. With opportunities across the country including London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, this is a scheme offering work over both the summer and autumn.  You’re responsible for the motivation and welfare of 15 young people, giving you the chance to build life-long skills. It involves a plethora of outdoor activities and community projects and is a fantastic way to stay active over the long summer period.

Rating: 8/10 (You'll build new skills and make tons of new friends…just be prepared to run on no sleep!)

Theme parks

This job opportunity gives you the chance to relive your childhood and earn some serious money. Disney is the market leader in this sector, with roles available in attractions, guest entry, guest services, front office, and food & beverage. Summer jobs require a minimum of two months’ work (July and August) and offer a great salary in return. Disneyland Paris is the go-to place for a theme park job since there is an opportunity to improve your French too!

Rating: 7/10 (You receive a fantastic wage but the role is pretty hands-on, with long hours)

Rep job

Want to spend your days in the sun? Being a holiday rep is the job for you. Thomson is offering students the chance to get involved with their amazing package holidays. You become a local expert in that country and have the chance to make lots of new friends. These rep jobs offer competitive salaries so are a fantastic way to save up cash before uni starts again. They’re also a great opportunity to learn a new language which looks really impressive on your CV.

Rating: 8/10 (Can be hard work but it's a very fun and very sociable job!)

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