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Gap year stories

Below are the latest Gap Year Stories. Use the pagination to view older ones or the left hand navigation to view stories by continent.

Stories from the front-line - Sophie (with AV)

I may only be a few weeks into my teaching placement, but it has already become apparent how absolutely vital education is in this part of the world. Around 80% of the children at my school are from ethnic minorities, either Burmese refugees or members of the hill tribes. This ... [ Read more... ]

ICS Football for Hope with Lattitude

Volunteer: Thenneh ContehAge: 23Lives: East Kilbride, Glasgow Lattitude Global Volunteering Case year old Thenneh Conteh, from Glasgow, followed in her motherís footsteps by volunteering overseas when she took up an ICS placement with Lattitude in early 2014. Thenneh travelled to Ghana where she supported the Football for Hope ... [ Read more... ]

Explore your career options whilst travelling- Frontier

Not sure what to study? Explore your career options whilst travellingDo you feel pressured to start a degree but are not sure what you want to study? Frontierís many volunteer projects offer a great insight into different job fields. Why not try your potential as a teacher with one of ... [ Read more... ]

Journalism Placement helped my career Projects Abroad

How a Gap Year Journalism Placement with Projects Abroad Helped my Career By Craig Ferriman A gap year was never for me, I thought! Following a poor performance in my AS levels, it became apparent that I would be better off applying to university after my A level results were ... [ Read more... ]

Advantageous AV-from Gap year to Employment

Advantageous AV† January 2009 I was privileged enough to embark on one of AVís 16 week projects,in my case, in Malawi. This was, without a doubt, a landmark period in my life todate. Plunging myself into a group of almost thirty strangers, in an alien country faraway from my comparatively ... [ Read more... ]

Alex Deif -Becoming a ski-instructor with Peakleaders

††For many people, taking a ski or snowboard instructor course is often about filling the time in between the end of School and beginning of University with something worthwhile and fun. The idea of qualifying as an instructor and spending a winter season in a ski resort has become a ... [ Read more... ]

Making the most of your year-out-Chloe's story

†Making the most of your year out After a hard year of studying and A-Level exams, I decided what I needed more than anything else, was a rest from education. University had always been part of my plan, but it could wait. As one of the younger students in my ... [ Read more... ]

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad Evangelina Fozard joined a Care Project at a Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal through Year Our Group founder member Projects Abroad in December 2013. Volunteering in another country was an experience I will never forget. Up until then I felt ... [ Read more... ]

Care & Conservation Volunteering with Projects Abroad

Hugo Legenne joined a 2 Week Special Care & Conservation Project in Costa Rica arranged with Year Out Group founder member Projects Abroad in summer 2013. Hugo has also now applied to join Projects Abroad again in Ghana in summer 2014. My experience in Costa Rica was a wonderful ... [ Read more... ]

An African Bush Adventure with The Leap

Julia Froud (19), South Africa Horse Safari Leaper April 2013Thank you to everyone at the leap who gave me the opportunity to have some of the best weeks of my life in South Africa. It's almost been a year since I left SA but only yesterday did I share a ... [ Read more... ]

Himalayan Adventure with African and Asia Venture (AV)

I decided to travel to India during the summer of last year. It seemed such an exciting place to visit, so different from the UK, and through an organisation called AV (Africa and Asia Venture) I found a project online, teaching in the North East of the country. Up ... [ Read more... ]

Sports coaching and teaching in a Nepal with PoD

Chloe spent her university holiday travelling in Nepal and decided to spend 2 weeks volunteering with PoD in Pokhara. Volunteers are part of the PoD team in Nepal helping to provide additional support to orphans and street children.†Volunteers can teach sports lessons at the local schools and help improve health, ... [ Read more... ]

Sports coaching in Ghana- Volunteering with PoD

Aaron spent time volunteering with PoD in Ghana coaching sport; he is already planning his next PoD volunteer project! He helped to set up the village football team.Sport coaching projects in Ghana allows volunteers to share their love of sport with children in a rural African village through sports lessons ... [ Read more... ]

Lucys Canadian Ski Course Success

I went to Banff in 2013, for twelve weeks and I can safely say that it was the best experience of my life so far. Before the course, I was doing my A Levels and applying for university. I applied for a deferred place, so that if I got in, ... [ Read more... ]

Frontier South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail

Hannah Banks enjoyed a 10 week adventure trail in Cambodia that included a four week teaching placement organised by FrontierExcitedly I left England behind and headed straight for Bangkok; after meeting the rest of the trail we embarked upon a three week venture around Thailand: visiting the historical and cultural ... [ Read more... ]

A Scot in Sri Lanka

Jamie Snedden is on a one year teaching placement in Sri Lanka arranged with Project Trust.† He arrived in September 2012 and this blog describes how he's faring at the halfway stage.February began with my first visit from family. Having failed twice to reach Sri Lanka- once due to the ... [ Read more... ]

Teaching, photography and volleyball in India

Kym Anderson (19) was a Particip8 volunteer in India, 2011/12. She is now the Finance and Fundraising intern at Project Trust, but took some time out of her day job to share her thoughts on her volunteering experience. I volunteered in Sevalaya in India, which is a big project based ... [ Read more... ]

Wildlife Conservation Research in South Africa with PoD

Polly volunteered at the Big 5 Wildlife Conservation in South Africa and experienced amazing encounters with Africa's famous Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. She lived on a private game reserve and received a 1 week bush craft training course."I went on the project as I'm studying ... [ Read more... ]

Volunteering: Orphanage & Community Projects - Cambodia

Julie worked in the orphanage and community projects such as rural village schools whilst living in a rural Cambodian town with breathtaking scenery and mysterious temples."I really enjoyed my time at the project, getting to know the children at the orphanage; they were all so lovely and wanted to spend ... [ Read more... ]

Volunteering with children in Pokhara, Nepal with PoD

Lizzie volunteered in Nepal at a Child Care centre and street children's centre in Pokhara, Nepal earlier this year."I had a wonderful time with PoD in Nepal and would highly recommend it to anyone. You really get to see the benefit of the work you do and bringing happiness and ... [ Read more... ]

A Team Volunteer Placement in Venezuela

These blogs were written by George Dabby (18, below) who is currently on his gap year with The Leap in Venezuela. He is completing a 10 week Team volunteer placement which combines community, marine conservation and reforestation projects with adventurous mountaineering and Spanish. Week 1Hola from Venezuela!Iīm George and ... [ Read more... ]

Art History Gap Year Course in Italy

Whilst planning my gap year, I toyed with the idea of travelling alone around Italy for copious amounts of time. My main purpose being to visit the art I had learned about and loved whilst studying A Level Art History.When hearing about Art History Abroad, I was absolutely fascinated with ... [ Read more... ]

Blue Ventures - Madagascar

I decided to take a gap year because after spending 14 years educating myself I felt that I deserved some time off!† I spent some time in my final year of school deciding what I wanted to do. It wasn't easy, so I ended up writing down a few criteria: ... [ Read more... ]

Underwater adventure - Marine Conservation in Thailand

Alexandra volunteered with PoD in Thailand during her University summer break."My time spent at the Marine Conservation Project on Koh Tao was one of the most amazing and influential experiences of my life. After completing 2 years of university I was still very unsure as to what I really wanted ... [ Read more... ]

Himalayan volunteering experience in Nepal

Brogan joined the PoD team in Nepal during her holiday from university and volunteered at a street children centre, orphanage and child care centre with PoD in Nepal. Since returning from Nepal Brogan has continued to fundraise to help support the projects she volunteered with in Nepal through the PoD ... [ Read more... ]

Volunteering with rescued elephants and animals

Beth volunteered at the Thailand Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue Centre. "My time in Thailand at the Wildlife Rescue Centre was the best experience of my life. Everything from my pre-departure contact with PoD, through to my time while I was at the centre was really well organised. The centre ... [ Read more... ]

Life After Gap Year

Olivia McAlpine BA (Hons) MSc MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor at Strutt & Parker LLP and most importantly a Leaper in 2005.At the moment I work at Strutt & Parker as a chartered surveyor working in commercial property. Not at all what I was gearing up for when I went ... [ Read more... ]

Ethical Adventure Trail - Central America

Mirlah Thornley recently finished Frontier's Central America Ethical Adventure Trail. She describes trip highlights, (un)typical days, future plans and essential backpack items! We think it's safe to say that Mirlah had a good time.Into the Wild: Why did you choose the Central America Ethical Adventure Trail and what placement did ... [ Read more... ]

Marine and Wildlife Conservation - Madagascar

Volunteer Rachael Castle relates her experiences of double Madagascar stint on Frontier's Marine Conservation & Diving and the Wildlife Conservation Adventure projects .Into the Wild: What was the favourite part of your trip?Rachael: Learning about and seeing all the different animals and fish, especially the geckos, they're really cute.Into ... [ Read more... ]

Nonstop: Become a ski instructor as part of a gap year

Between school and university Natasha Black took a gap year that spanned three continents. As well as taking a cookery course in Ireland and travelling around New Zealand, she spent a winter season in western Canada training to become a ski instructor. To follow is her story from an ... [ Read more... ]

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