Taking a gap year

Students take Gap Years for a variety of reasons – to see something of the world, to take a break from education, to improve their grades or perhaps to pick up some work experience.

There are many ways of spending a gap year, including:

  • Working to save money for university
  • Getting some valuable work experience, either paid or voluntary
  • Travelling or working abroad
  • Taking  part in an organised gap year trip

For students considering taking part in an organised gap year, a good starting point is to take a look at the website www.yearoutgroup.org since member organisations have to abide by a code of practice and should therefore be reputable.

Students should consider the following questions when approaching gap year organisations:

  • Who can take part and how are candidates selected?
  • Who will benefit from the activity?
  • How exactly would time be spent?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What do you know about the organisation providing the gap year experience? 

For more information, see the gap year check list.

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