Volunteering and Gap Year
Voluntary work or taking a gap year can be constructive time out - it can be a working holiday or voluntary work at home or overseas and can involve the trip of a lifetime. It’s about gaining life experience and realising there is a world of opportunity out there.
Nowadays, all sorts of people are taking volunteer experiences and ‘gaps’, doing a thousand different things, and taking time out is now seen as a positive, rather than a negative thing.
A growing number of studies show that there are real benefits to a gap year. They promote maturity as well as development of skills and decision-making. When it comes to recruitment employers’ pay particular attention to candidates who have taken a gap year. Many universities such as Harvard and Princeton in the United States encourage their students to take a break before commencing their course of study. Too many students begin their university studies without having really taken the time to know themselves and to consider their career options.
This section provides links to a number of useful websites that are helpful for those wishing to take a year out to gain some useful experience. The contents cover tips on travel, where to go, where to stay, where to get work abroad, insurance and some link to blogs from young people who have already gained this experience.