• The Language Gap

    Building the perfect Gap Year

  • The Perfect Gap Year

    Gap Years are an exciting chance to take a break from study, to travel the world, expand your CV, learn a language and experience the world of work. Schools, universities and parents have mixed feelings about students taking time out, and The Language Gap is here to prove that it’s time really well spent.


    It can all go to waste if you don’t have support, knowledge and careful planning. Explaining a hole in your CV where you didn’t really achieve anything or gain any real experience is tricky. It’s also a terrible waste of a one off experience. Sadly, too many gap years turn out this way.


    The Language Gap offers a unique service to help you get the most from your Gap Year, designing and creating an experience with your passions and desire to learn a language at its heart.

  • How it works

    In a free consultation, I get to know you and find out what you love. If you want to go ahead, I create a unique experience for you to live, learn, work and play in your chosen location abroad.


    I work with accredited language schools and local contacts to take the risk and uncertainty out of the planning process, ensuring that your Language Gap will be unlike any other.

  • What's the outcome?

    You’ll have an amazing time doing something valuable and fun in your chosen location.


    Future employers and universities will be impressed by the resourceful and inventive way you have maximised this brilliant opportunity. You’ll feel hugely accomplished at what you’ve achieved during your time away.


    At the end of the year, you return with a CV to die for, new friends, indelible memories, improved language skills and stories to envy, and an amazing Instagram feed.

  • How about a short visit?

    The Language Gap organises brilliant intensive language learning experiences abroad. You'll have an amazing time learning a language and enjoying yourself.

    Exam revision courses, homestays, summer camps: I'll find the right one for you.

  • About Emily Lusty

    I am a teacher of Spanish and French with an interest in all languages.


    I grew up in the UK, and have lived in Ecuador, Spain, the Cayman Islands and Australia. I have travelled in the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Australasia.


    My passion is bringing foreign language learning on location to everyone. I have been organising educational trips and tours for students for over 20 years.

  • Fees

    I charge an hourly fee, so the cost varies, depending on the complexity of the trip and the proposed itinerary.


    This starts at £150 for the complete Language Gap service.


    Following our initial meeting, I provide a detailed quote.

    I work with your budget to find the perfect experience.

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  • Testimonials

    Happy Language Gappers

    William, 17, French & Vet work experience, Nr Nice

    Emily Lusty at The Language Gap is an absolute genius. For a small fee, she found three incredible options for a stay in France for my 17-year old son. It was difficult to choose just one, but we did, and he came home thinking in French - hurrah! She takes time to really find out about the client and their wants and needs; you don’t need to commit to paying her fee until she’s talked you through everything. Brilliant! I don’t think anything would be beyond her capabilities.

    Louis, 16, Intensive Spanish, homestay & watersports, Valencia

    The Language Gap arranged a wonderful two weeks in Valencia for our 16-year-old son. We discussed a few different and equally interesting options before deciding this would be the best place for him. He stayed with a really friendly Spanish family and went to school each morning. He also went on an different trip every afternoon. He loved his time and made some great new friends and said he'd love to go back. Thank you Emily!

    Nathan, 19, TEFL, French & Volunteering, France & Senegal

    To those who are on the fence on the decision on whether or not to embark on a Gap Year, DO IT! From learning French in Montpellier to teaching English in Brittany and volunteer work in Senegal, it was all so amazing. I learnt so much from each experience and a huge thanks to The Language Gap for an amazing experience.

    Jade, 20, Intensive Spanish and homestay, Seville​

    Emily is like the fairy godmother every language students needs on their year abroad. She made my year possible, against all odds and in the face of a world wide pandemic. She is incredibly helpful and reliable and just at the other end of the phone for anything you need with regards to an array of different countries.

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    Legal Information & Terms of Use
    The Language Gap is a consulting agency for language educational visits overseas. This legal information constitutes the terms of use.
    1. The Language Gap provides contact details and language and activity course information for institutions and organizations around the world. The Language Gap is a resource for individuals to find out information for the purpose of spending time overseas learning a language and taking part in activities, working or volunteering.
    2. The Language Gap does not validate or endorse any listings or positions; it acts as advisory and consultant for individuals. The Language Gap is not responsible for the admission or hiring practice of any programme provider or employer.
    3. The Language Gap bears no responsibility for the outcome of any programme or position. All users should read through information about prospective programmes, institutions, and organisations thoroughly before applying and participating. Users are encouraged to request all information directly from the programme provider, ask questions, gather information, and research before leaving home. Participants are also encouraged to research programmes directly by reading reviews by past participants and checking all information carefully
    4. The Language Gap may earn a commission if a client makes a booking through a programme provider. Not all providers offer commission. The Language Gap ’is independent and is in no way influenced by any of these commissions or commercial initiatives. Suggestions are made in the best interests of the client and according to the information given in the initial questionnaire and consultation.
    5. There are inherent risks to international travel. International travellers should consider safety, Foreign Office advice and personal health before committing to any type of international travel. The Language Gap is not responsible for risks related to international travel, including but not limited to: international law, local custom, transportation risk, employment risk, sexual, racial and ethnic preference and/or discrimination of international providers or listing agents and organisations.
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    The Language Gap holds your personal data in order to personalise and organise your time abroad. Maintaining your trust and confidence is a high priority.  In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018 we require your consent to store and share this information when and where relevant.
    We take every precaution to ensure that all paper and electronic information is kept securely stored.
    Personal & Sensitive personal data is stored securely in lockable cabinets or on a password protected database.  Information is destroyed once it is no longer relevant.  The information we hold on file is:-
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    Booking details with Language Schools
    Health conditions which may affect your travel needs
    Passport details for overseas travel
    Payment records 
    Your information may be shared with the following:-
    Language Schools and teachers
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