What Our Clients Say

  • What an outstanding ten days we had in Tanzania. From the moment we arrived in Arusha to the moment we left everything was exceptionally well planned and executed. The organisation put into place by Gapforce was exemplary; every activity was well thought out. Having two Gapforce staff members on the ground in Tanzania was superb because they were familiar with local customs and the language. Furthermore, they were more than willing to change arrangements at the last minute and accommodate our requests. The staff in the London office were a dream to deal with – always approachable, easy to communicate with and highly accommodating. The activities organised for us were of a wide range and suited the needs and requests of everyone. From walking transects, to the Maasai cultural experience, visiting the orphanage and the three days of safaris, everything was meticulously planned. I would certainly recommend Gapforce to anyone planning to visit beautiful Tanzania.

    Cheltenham Ladies College (Tanzania) IM, Head of Biology
  • This Belize expedition was exciting, unique, awesome and life changing.

    George Watson’s College (Belize) CG, Head of Biology
  • Morocco was fantastic. Thanks so much for all the help and support given by Gapforce in the lead up to the trip, as well as the leadership given by Madoc and the support of Vicky when we were out there. The students had an amazing time and are buzzing about it still.

    Larkmead School (Morocco) WS, Head of Geography
  • Ecuador was absolutely amazing, I can't tell you how much it meant to us all.

    Derby Grammar School (Ecuador) AS, Senior Teacher
  • We have just returned from our school trip to Ecuador and wanted to write to let you know what a fantastic experience we had. The pupils gained so much from all aspects of the itinerary and they have literally raved about it all the way home – that’s 30 hours of non-stop talking from some of them! Thanks again and we look forward to working with you in the future.

    Bryn Hafren School (Ecuador) AJ, Teacher
  • The expedition was excellent. Ben was a great leader, full of enthusiasm, and the project in Ba Kelalan was exactly what we were looking for: both remote and meaningful

    Royal Grammar School Newcastle (Malaysia) GD, Teacher
  • I would like to thank Gapforce for coordinating an amazing trip to India together with Miss Allen. The experience was truly wonderful and memories will stay with me forever! I particularly enjoyed volunteering at the monastery and hope this fantastic and enriching opportunity will be available to other groups from Ardingly College in the future. For me, another highlight included visiting the famous Taj Mahal.  In addition, experiencing teaching in the Tibetan school was fascinating and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to help teach children less fortunate than me. From what I saw, they all seemed extremely eager to learn and I hope that help from volunteers is enriching for them too. The experience makes it extremely evident how lucky we are to live the lives that we do. Special thanks should also go to our expedition leader, Sean, for being very caring and making sure everyone had a great time. Thank you for an amazing trip, Sean! You were truly an extraordinary leader and cared for us all throughout the trip - an amazing start to your Gapforce career and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. I honestly hope that the opportunity to visit India and experience things similar to us will be available to future year groups.

    Ardingly College (North India) HS, Student
  • Immediately after the end of the school term, a group of sixteen pupils and two teachers from Rugby set off on the long anticipated India trip. Landing in Delhi, we were thrown in at the deep end, immediately noticing the heat of the capital and, having checked in, heading into the city to see the Qutub Minar and the India gate. This was a culture shock for a number of us; we were suddenly noticeable and were not used to this, but it was interesting nonetheless. The following day we undertook a five hour coach trip to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, amongst other things. The Taj Mahal was magical; it was a monument which we had seen depicted in the media since very early childhood, and to all of a sudden be walking towards it was a slightly surreal experience. The sight of the Indian white marble against the setting sun was glorious. We also took a tour of Agra fort in the early morning, from which one can see the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and more of Shah Jahan's architecture with its characteristic white marble structures. Next we returned to the capital to prepare for our flight to Dharamsala, where the bulk of our trip was spent. Dharamsala is found in the foothills of the Himalayas near the borders with Pakistan and Tibet. The deeply Buddhist Tibet has been occupied by the Communist Party in China since the 1950s and as a result of said occupation many refugees have fled their homeland to settle in India, particularly in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, where the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama is currently also in exile. We were to work on several projects in McLeod Ganj: helping in an animal care centre, providing help to nurses giving care to the Tibetan population, and leading conversational English classes at the local Tibet charity basic education school, which teaches English to refugees, many of whom were Buddhist monks who fled the oppression in their homeland. It was incredible to speak to these refugees and hear the often deeply moving stories of their escape from Tibet and new life in India. What we were not aware of, however, was that we were to be given an opportunity to have an audience with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama himself. This was by far the most incredible experience of the trip; we were told that we would spend around fifteen minutes in audience with the revered spiritual leader, yet we were subsequently given ninety: it seemed that the very chatty man could continue talking forever, and we would gladly have listened for longer too; His Holiness touched on almost every subject of human existence and yet we were left with a feeling that we had only scratched the surface of his wisdom, and yet he managed to simultaneously be humorous and light hearted at times. To say that this was an unforgettable experience seems clichéd, yet I can find no words to describe it otherwise, and while this may be a symptom of my mediocre writing skills, it is certainly not an overstatement to say so. Whilst in Dharamsala we also travelled to the beautiful Tso Pema to discover more about the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, and attended cooking classes to learn to cook momos (Tibetan dumplings) and traditional Indian food. We also heard a deeply moving speech from the leader of the India chapter of the Students for a Free Tibet movement, which is an organisation set up to question the Chinese government’s human rights violations in Tibet and with the goal of achieving autonomy or complete independence for the country. I hope that the group's subsequent plans to return to England and participate in such movements endure long enough to come to fruition to aid the people of Tibet. At the time of writing we are spending our final evening in Delhi and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are sorry to leave: the trip has shown us so much of a culture completely removed from our own, and we have spoken to some wonderfully resilient individuals. Even apart from the Dalai Lama I think we could learn from the refugee population of McLeod Ganj, who are far less materialistic than us and able to remain optimistic through great hardship, which I do not see as much of in the more developed western world we live in. This has been a wonderful trip for all of us, and I must extend my thanks to our teachers: Miss Marks, Mr McLean, and lastly Stephan, our Gapforce leader. I quote: “we would probably do anything if Stephan told us to do it, he's so trustworthy.” Thanks for a magical trip.

    Rugby School (North India) OU, Student
  • “What an outstanding ten days we had in Tanzania. From the moment we arrived in Arusha to the moment we left everything was exceptionally well planned and executed. The organisation put into place by Gapforce was exemplary; every activity was well thought out. I would certainly recommend Gapforce to anyone planning to visit beautiful Tanzania.”

    Cheltenham Ladies College (Tanzania) IM, Head of Biology
  • I particularly enjoyed volunteering at the Monastery and hope this fantastic and enriching opportunity will be available to other groups from Ardingly College in the future. For me, another highlight included visiting the famous Taj Mahal and teaching in the Tibetan school was fascinating and I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to help teach children that are less fortunate than myself.

    Ardingly College (North India) HS, Student