Gap Years & Holiday Activities

TAKING A GAP YEAR...

  • Can improve your CV and give you something engaging to discuss at interview

  • Help you get a better perspective on who you are, your life, and what you want to do next

  • Will take you out of your comfort zone and build life experience you can't get in a classroom

  • Means you return refreshed and ready for the next step

Many opportunities are suitable for holidays - don't be put off by the words "Gap Year"!

General Information

Many websites such as UCAS.com and prospects.ac.uk have sections on Gap Years.  Also look at:  

www.yearoutgroup.org - good general introduction with links to 35+ member organisations

www.gapyear.com - an interactive magazine, providing information, advice, message boards, blogs and journals

Also look up the latest "Top 100" gap year providers as researched by newspapers such as the Telegraph.

UK Opportunities

www.summerjobs.co.uk - guide to summer employment and vacation work

www.etrust.org.uk/yini-vacancies - the Year in Industry (YINI) scheme offers paid placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics

www.timebank.org.uk - voluntary work opportunities in the UK with links to organisations that offer opportunities for young people

 

Worldwide Opportunities

www.anyworkanywhere.com - A great place to start looking; in excess of 30,000 jobs have been advertised on the website

www.workingabroad.com - an international networking service for volunteers and travellers

www.projecttrust.org.uk - volunteer to work for a year in another country.

 

www.volunteerlatinamerica.com - affordable volunteer work plus schools to learn Spanish in Central and South America

The following organisations have been recommended by pupils I have taught:

www.frontier.ac.uk - over 300 opportunities for Gap Years or shorter activity/volunteering breaks

www.culsansgaptravel.co.uk - amazing conservation projects in Africa

www.sportlived.co.uk - lots of great opportunities downunder

www.skilegap.com - worldwide opportunities for ski enthusiasts