Gap Year & 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"!
Even if you don't currently think a Gap Year is what you want, exam grades, COVID-related deferrals mean that in August some A-level students find themselves suddenly wondering how to fill a year productively! There is a lot you can do to develop your soft skills in a year between school and university, so it makes sense to sign up early for alerts and have a better idea of what opportunities there are should you need them! Ideas include:
Year in Industry Scheme - https://www.etrust.org.uk/yini-vacancies
Tutoring or working in a UK school - https://yipiyap.co.uk/ and for boarding schools: www.boarding.org.uk
Improve your digital skills: www.skillsgap.tech
Volunteer - you can search the UK database of opportunities here: https://doit.life/ and this website is also good: https://reachvolunteering.org.uk/; the Worldspackers app is also recommended www.worldpackers.com
Internships are available in a wide range of disciplines from medicine and veterinary to business and journalism; find out more with these organisations: www.oysterworldwide.com , www.projects-abroad.co.uk , www.planmygapyear.co.uk
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
http://www.independentgapadvice.org/ offers advice and ideas for free
Also look up the latest "Top 100" gap year providers as researched by newspapers such as the Telegraph.
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
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.gapforce.org - opportunities for 18+ year olds
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