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A gap year (taking a year out/ a year off/ ...)  between school or college and higher education or a job can be a very exciting, challenging and valuable opportunity. You can be a volonteer abroad, do some work experience to build up your skills, discover new cultures...

Taking a gap year out can look good on a CV. Some employers may appreciate that you have spent some time overseas (to improve a language, your education, learn new skills, share your knowledge...)

 

 


Which gap year type are you ?

This article from the Independent tries to give an answer , poiting out four different profiles : the volunteer, the hippy, the sportsman, the careerist  : http://www.independent.co.uk/student/gap-year/which-gap-year-type-are-you-890694.html 


Several organisations help young adults to plan their gap years


YOP - Yea Out Group gather together 35 organisation offering a choice of location and activity overseas 

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/

 

VSO : http://www.vso.org.uk/

Gap-Year.com : 
http://www.gap-year.com

Platform 2 
is for young adults between 18 and 25, who have (or are eligible to have) a UK passport and are resident in the UK and who would like to be volonteers to visit  a developping country and get involved with global issues of justice and poverty. Interested people will have a training day before their trip overseas ( 10 weeks in India, Nepal, Ghana, South Africa or Peru)  http://www.myplatform2.com/

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  Gap year dangers:
- http://www.projects-abroad.co.uk/gap-year-dangers/
- Top travel tips http://www.carolinesrainbowfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=48

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Read  these different points of view...

- Claudia's experience with platform2 (dec 2009) : http://www.myplatform2.com/the-wave

- Timesonline : How to stay safe on a gap year http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/holiday_type/gap_travel/article6537978.ece

- The  GuardianStudent gap year studies (2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/aug/22/student-gap-year-case-studies

- The Independent's article about platform2 (Jan 22nd 2009) : http://www.independent.co.uk/student/gap-year/a-unique-platform-1513136.html

- Tom Griffiths, founder of Gapyear.com (The Independent, Aug 11th 2008): http://www.independent.co.uk/student/gap-year/gap-year-how-to-make-yourself-stand-out-890656.html

- Reuters : Are gap-year do-gooders wasting their time? (Aug 2007)  http://www.alertnet.org/db/blogs/40453/2007/07/15-170930-1.htm

- The Guardian : Gap year danger fears (2004) : http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2004/sep/05/travelnews.gapyears.students


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