Careers Service Planning a gap year abroad

It's essential that you do your research and get lots of advice well in advance of your gap year. Taking a gap year is a big investment of your time and finances so you'll want to make informed decisions.

Volunteering & unpaid project work

There are many organisations, some of whom may be charities, who can arrange a project for you abroad. Projects could be in the area of conservation, environment, community education, teaching. These projects tend to be expensive, even for a short-term project. In most cases, participants are required to contribute towards programme costs, which can be considerable, as well as paying for other costs. If you're interested in doing such a project, find out exactly how much finance you'd need - including programme costs, flights, visas, travel and health insurance and funds to support you during your time abroad, so that you can plan well in advance of your trip. Most organisations offer advice on how to fundraise.

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