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Fancy a Gap Year Placement in a Monastery?

Looking to do something different in your gap year?
Quarr Abbey, a Roman Catholic monastery on the Isle of Wight is offering four places to gappers looking for something different.
So what will those who’re chosen be …

The Scary and Amazing Truths About Taking a Gap Year

The thought of taking a gap year – a year away from school, college or work to travel/work abroad – can seem like the most wonderful thing.
Although I firmly believe that taking a gap year …

Planning Your Gap Year & Deciding What to Do

So you’ve decided you want to take a gap year… You now have a lot of important choices to make!
You’ll need to decide when you want to take your gap year (usually before or after …

Q&A: Worried About Traveling? Common Travel Concerns

So you’ve decided you want to go traveling. You’ve bought all your gear, planned your route and read the guide books.
Despite everything seemingly going to plan, you still have a few concerns/worries about traveling.
It’s …

11 Things You Need to Know About WWOOFing

WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) has become increasingly popular in recent years as travelers look for new and exciting ways to spend their time abroad.
Elizabeth Sanberg of GoGreenTravelGreen.com recently spend 5 days on …

6 Great Gap Year Ideas

A gap year is the perfect time to do all those things you’ve always wanted to do.
But what if you know you want to do ‘something’, you’re not entirely sure what?
The people at STA Travel …

Why Taking a Gap Year Before College is Good for Students

As the school year begins to come to an end, many student will no-doubt be thinking about taking a gap year before moving on to college/university.
However, many people worry that taking a job will negatively …

How Teaching English Abroad Can Lead to a Gap Year-Like Lifestyle

Many people dream of taking a gap year abroad because of the amazing lifestyle it offers.
But what if you wanted to have a similar lifestyle permanently? And what if you want to find love …

Will Taking a Gap Year Cause You to Lose Motivation?

One of the biggest fears most parents have when their teenager tells them they want to take a gap year, is that they think they’ll lose motivation and end up avoiding work and education, whilst …

Why Gap Years Aren’t Just for Young People

As more and more young people are taking gap years straight out of college/university, it’s natural for the older generation to feel a little jealous – that they did not take (or did not have …

Gap Year Courses

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they wonder what they’re going to do next. For most people, it’s when they leave high-school, college or university.
For perhaps the last time in their life …

The Top Websites for Planning a Gap Year

Year on year it seems that gap years become more and more popular. This may be down to the fact that they allow you to experience new cultures in ways you’ve never seen before, increase …

How to Work Full-Time in Your Gap Year (Without Damaging Your Career Prospects)

Living and working abroad can be one of the best things a person can do, as it’ll require you to expand your horizons, learn new skills and to mature and become more independent as a …

A Look at the Top 5 Gap Year Jobs

Happytimeblog.co.uk has recently published a great post titled The ‘Top Five Dream Gap Year Jobs‘.
Let’s take a look at one of these ‘top 5 jobs’:
Ski Instructor in the Alps 
Being a ski instructor in the Alps has to …

Will a Gap Year Change Your Life?

If you’ve ever wondered about taking a gap year, you’ve probably asked yourself several common questions, such as “should I take a gap year?”, “why take a gap year?” and “what should I do in …

Finding Work Experience Placements During Your Gap Year

In the current economic climate where even top professionals are having trouble finding jobs, the workplace continues to become more competitive as thousands of young people graduate every year.
I you have a clear idea of …

When’s the Best Time to Take a Gap Year?

The most common times for people to take gap yeas right after you leave high-school (or college in the UK) when you’re 18 years old, or after you finish college (or university in the UK) …

Fundraising for Your Gap Year

When it comes to traveling or going away on your gap year, it seems the main obstacle that most people have is money (or a shortage of it). Most people fund their trips abroad by …

Volunteering Overseas – The Definitive Guide

Not everyone wants to have their entire gap year experience pre-determined and planned out for them (as I mentioned on this page about gap year organizations).
If you want to work abroad (doing some kind of …

The Pros and Cons of Gap Year Organizations

Organizing a gap year by yourself can be difficult and overwhelming (especially if you’ve never done it before). Oftentimes people know that they want to have a gap year, and that they want to do …

Gap Year Conservation Programs

If you’ve ever dreamt of studying the marine life in a coral reef, working in the Amazon Rainforest or observing the wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, volunteering on a gap year conservation program could be …

Gap Year Expeditions

The word ‘expedition’ is often used by gap year organizations (and charities) to refer to all kinds of overland adventure travel (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award), charity work abroad and the aiding of …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Gap Year

For most people, the time leading up to finishing school or university is incredibly confusing.
What will you do with your life? What will you do next? Will you take a gap year (and why …