Gap Year

"My XLP gap year was probably one of the best opportunities to grow that I’ve had. It was the first part of a journey in discovering what I was born to do.”  - Helen, Former Student

Experience is an exciting and dynamic gap year programme run by XLP in partnership with London churches, serving some of London’s most amazing, diverse and challenging communities. Aimed at those who are 18 or over, it is a great opportunity to serve God, make a difference to the lives of young Londoners, experience inner-city life and meet the challenge of living out your faith. 

You will receive a combination of youth work and theology training as you join XLP’s vibrant team running schools and community work in the inner-London boroughs alongside arts programmes, sports activities, an overseas trip and much more.

Experience is designed to challenge and deepen your relationship with God and with people, and many of our students regularly stay for a second year to further their experience and specialise in a particular topic. This extraordinary gap year provides an opportunity for you to put your faith into action in the most multicultural city in the world and will change your life and the lives of those young people you meet.

Click on the image to download the latest Experience prospectus.

‘Experience’ will definitely be an amazing year for you – but don’t just take our word for it…here’s what some of our past Gap year students said about it:

“Experience is more than just a gap year. It changed my life. Living in and amongst the most inspiring people I have ever met gave me an invaluable insight into true community, and the passion and drive to see genuine change in inner city London.” 
- Jazz, Former Student

“Throughout the year I experienced a very personal change in my life - God used me in so many different ways to be a blessing to my local community. I thought the teaching was really good and I was well equipped before I was to be sent out.” 
- Stuart, Former Student

 “The Experience gap year taught me so much about grace, persistence and faith. It helped me to grow spiritually and rely on God more than I’ve ever had to before. It was also a lot of fun, with no two days ever being the same.”  
- Jen, Former Student

New Student Open Days

Applications to join XLP’s ‘Experience’ Gap Year 2017-18 are open! You are welcome to come and visit us.

If you are interested, why not come to one of our Open Days? We'd love to meet you, and you'll get to meet our team, visit a project and ask any and every question you may have about spending a year with XLP.

Drop an email to Mike and Jess experience@xlp.org.uk if you are interested, even if you can't make those dates!

Apply today! 

Email us at experience@xlp.org.uk if you would like to apply!

Click here to find out more about the finance side.

Follow the gap year on Twitter and Instagram for more insight into what life looks like for a gap year student! @xlpgapyear

Watch what our students got up to on their mission trip to Romania