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More news on the gap-year guidebook 2012 October 12, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Uncategorized.
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Oliver Mosse won our photo competition and made his way onto the front cover!

As we eagerly await the release of the latest edition of our gap-year guidebook, I thought I’d reveal a few pieces of the featured editorial.

Phil Murray, director of GapAdvice.org, writes the preface and muses, ‘(a) gap-year at any time of life is very special… It may not be for a year – it could be for a month… Even if your motive is just to travel, to see other cultures, to ‘get away’, you will return a more rounded person.’

Included as well, is the opinion of Prof Alastair Hudson from Queen Mary’s School of Law, who explains why universities do look at time away positively. ‘Students who have experienced the world of work or who have done something genuinely challenging return to their studies with a new outlook.’

Raleigh are a leading charity provider of expeditions and volunteer projects abroad, and they’ve used their entry to really stress the importance of extensive research. ‘There are lots of organisations that you can volunteer abroad with but you need to find the right one for you.’ (Having had a near-disaster during my gap-year, I can really vouch for such sentiments).

An increasingly-popular prospect is that of becoming an au pair or a nanny overseas. Childcare International specialise in such placements across Europe,Australia,New Zealand,Canada and theUnited States of America. ‘No matter where your host family lives’, assures the company, ‘you can feel comfortable that organisers will be on hand to help you settle in, provide orientation and introduce you to new international friends whilst assisting with all aspects of your stay.’ This level of support is essential, especially when in a position of responsibility.

And lastly (for now), our friends at the National Union of Students express the huge benefits  – ‘(a)t the risk of sounding like a cliché’ – of volunteering, reaffirming the process as ‘a rewarding and useful way to gain some real world experience.’

So, whether you want a structured gap-year, or quite the opposite, the gap-year guide book is an essential tool, renowned for its useful, informative and unbiased advice. I have to say, I wish I’d consulted the guide before I went away; it’s even lightweight enough to carry around in your bulging backpack.

Anyone who would like to submit a sample of writing, detailing tales of their own gap-year, please do. Examples will be chosen to add to our website, and then considered also, for the 2013 edition. Much loved too, are your beautiful photographs. Feel free to send them in via email, or indeed, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For release November 2012

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