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Planning a gap year

To get the most out of your gap year, you need to decide what you want from it and then work out how you can achieve all those things.

For example, if you need to earn some money for uni but want to experience living abroad, find something that incorporates the two, like working in a bar in Ibiza.

Gap year ideas

There are so many things you could do in a gap year, the list is endless.
However, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Work a ski season in the Alps as a chef, ski instructor, bartender, waiter or pot washer. Work from December to April.
  • Teach English to children in a foreign country. Work during academic terms, which may vary.
  • Work with kids on a summer camp in the US. Work from July- August
  • Au-pair for a family in Europe or America. Work periods vary.
  • Get work experience on a national newspaper in Togo, West Africa. Work periods vary.
  • Volunteer and build a school or well in India. Work depends on the organisation involved.
  • Work on a Kibbutz in Israel. Work all year round.
  • Fruit-picking on a farm in New Zealand or Australia. Working seasons vary.
  • Hop on a plane for an around-the-world trip of a lifetime. You can do this any time, but remember that June-August is winter in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Get a job at home- rent is free and you can save up for uni. You could arrange the work to fit around you.
  • Work on the Mediterranean coast as a tour rep, bar tender, waiter, chamber maid, hotel receptionist or scuba diving instructor. Work from May to August.

More information about gap years

Gap year organisations can sort you out with a volunteering opportunity. Try the following:

 Gap year tips

Always try to go with a reputable company. If you’ve never heard of the organisation, try to speak to people who’ve travelled abroad with them.

  • For information about agencies that hire staff to work abroad, visit your local library or check out the following:

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