The Abernethy Gap Year is designed to give you an opportunity to serve, adventure and be discipled as you live in an intentional Christian community. Join our 6-month full-time residential program to grow in faith, develop your character, practice your soft skills and gain valuable life skills – all whilst living in Christian Community in the Cairngorms. Following the 6-month program there will be the opportunity for some students to stay on for an extra 6 months, putting what you have learnt into practice in one of our centres.
Each week there will be 5 action-packed days doing a mixture of timetabled adventure, service, and discipleship. Your time will be spent serving on the hospitality team (house and kitchen); and doing outdoor activity, both with the groups that we have in and with our Gap Year Outdoor Adventure Tutor. You will also have the opportunity to go on expedition.
Every Wednesday night you will join in with the Abernethy Team Fellowship program. This is an evening where the whole team meets together to enjoy external speakers (challenging and encouraging us with scripture), worship and other activities. You will also have the opportunity to plan and deliver a couple of sessions throughout your time with us.
Sometimes our groups have an evening program which you will be involved with. This will include helping to run wide games, supervising people around the bonfire, and assisting in the delivery of a Christian message to our guests who come to Abernethy.
Each Sunday morning will be spent joining the local community by going to the village church (Abernethy Parish Church). You will then have Sunday afternoon off as free time, along with one other day in the week. (More often than not, this will be on a Saturday, unless we have a group in).
The activities that you will take part in will include: Adventure course; Archery; Canoeing; Coasteering; Gorge Walking; Hiking; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Paddleboarding; Raft building; Rock Climbing; Skiing; Team Challenges and Zip wire (to name a few).
The serving element at Abernethy will include helping in the house and the kitchen (setting up and clearing away before and after meals; serving food; cleaning the house and making beds) and delivering games and activities to guests in the evening.
Gap Year Cost
The Gap Year is a voluntary position. This means that you do not get paid, but you will get your food and accommodation (including bills) free of charge.
The Academy program starts in March and August each year. See our website for the specific dates.