• 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, India 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.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    If you are travelling abroad this summer, allow plenty of time for the right documentation to arrive and to prepare yourself for the trip. Preparation is everything, and The Language Gap will help you with all of this if you get stuck. Check the following: Your passport must be valid for at...
    Annie & Tabby (19 & 18) have led the way for a new Language Gap experience in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. They have written a fantastic guest article to give a real flavour of their time in the city.: "Our five weeks of volunteering in a Ho Chi Minh kindergarten have been a fun and rewarding...
    N.B. Travel and pricing information correct on 6th April 2021 With increasing numbers of students desperate to improve their language skills and make themselves useful, we have found three more exciting programmes for Language Gappers who would like to hone their Spanish and build careers and...
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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.

  • Get in touch

    I'll get right back to you

    Westcliff on Sea, Essex
    +44 7929 003012