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Thinking of doing some gap travel around the world and taking your gap year abroad? Or, maybe you want to volunteer some time to a worthy cause.
Taking a gapyear and volunteering can do wonders for your life experiences, skills, and even your CV. How to gap travel round the world depends on your interests and your budget.
Whether you decide to get involved with gap year programs, find gap year jobs abroad, become a gapyear volunteer, or you simply just want to travel for 12 months, it can be a great way of getting experience in new environments before going to university, or living away from home.
And, it can even rejuvenate someone who is in the midst of their career and is a little burnt out.
Also known as a deferred year, bridging year, career break, or sabbatical, many people take a gap year abroad before starting university or a new career. But it can be taken at any time really.
Potential employers will see that you’ve spent time broadening your horizons and learning some new skills.
If you spend a year volunteering for an industry or organisation you would like to get into in the future, potential employers will see that you are dedicated to advancing your career.
And even if you want to return to college or university, taking your gap year in between shows you are committed to your education and you may find that you approach learning in a different way.
Many people spend their time doing gap travel or taking gap tours, others working, and it’s possible to combine these into an international working holiday. And a popular option for gap year students is to Volunteer Abroad.
While it’s been a common and popular rite of passage in Australia and the UK for decades, a gap year abroad or at home is now starting to gain significant steam in America.
A growing number of high school seniors are either burnt out, not quite ready for college yet, or they need to explore a few interests and learn more about themselves before deciding what to study.
Taking a gap year does not mean a student is destined to remain degree-less forever. It’s been researched that taking a gap year can actually make you more focused and ready for the rest of your academic life.
Even Harvard, arguably the most competitive university in the United States, believes so much in a gapyear that they encourage every student they admit to consider a year off before matriculation.
And Princeton has announced a new program called the “bridge year” that will allow newly admitted students to spend a year performing public service abroad before beginning their freshman year. So fear not parents!
Also has volunteering/teaching placements in Africa, South and Central America, SE Asia and China.
There are organizations world wide who offer people of all ages the chance to volunteer abroad.
Volunteering during your gapyear gives you great immersion and a whole new perspective into a another countries culture, and would undoubtedly look good on any CV.
One of our favorite ways to spend a long time in a destination and to gap travel is to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). We, Caz and Craig, both had the good fortune to teach English overseas, spending 6 months living and teaching in Bangkok.
For all the information and resources you need on gap year teaching abroad, see our Teach English Overseas page.
Do you have a Bachelor of Teaching degree from K-12? Designated by the U.S. Department of State as an Exchange Visitor Program, the VIF Program brings international teachers to the USA to expose American students to other cultures.
Caz has participated twice in this program teaching in Raleigh-North Carolina, and it’s a great way to live and work in America on a J1 visa. Learn more here.
For gap travel in Australia, if you’re from a Commonwealth country or one that otherwise qualifies, the Australia Working Holiday Visa is a great way to spend up to 12 months living and traveling around Australia.
This is a very popular thing to do for young travelers and students from the UK in particular, as working in Oz gives them an opportunity to experience life, gain new skills, and to travel in the rest of the southern hemisphere.
To see if you qualify and for all the information you need on this visa, see our Working Holiday Australia Visa page.
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