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the gap-year guidebook 2014: Now published! November 28, 2013

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in the gap-year guidebook.

We are delighted to announce the publication of the gap-year guidebook 2014.

This popular guidebook is now in its 22nd year and provides information, help and advice for anyone considering taking time out to spend travelling, working, volunteering or studying at home or abroad.

The guidebook is organised into 12 chapters: Tips for Travellers; Finance; Career Breaks and Older Gappers; Travelling and Accommodation; Working Abroad; Volunteering Abroad; Learning Abroad: Sport; Working in the UK; Volunteering in the UK; and Further Study.

Our preface, written by Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, explains why gap-years are ‘back in vogue’…

“Gap-years are back in vogue with a significant increase in the number of people applying for projects reversing the downward trend of the past three years. While people of all ages now take time out and use the services of gap-year organisations, it is still those aged 18 to 24 that form over 70% of the gap-year market and of these the majority are school leavers. This is group that was most affected by the significant rise in tuition fees that was announced by the Government in 2010 and came into effect in 2012.

“Such was the scale of the increase in 2012 that teachers, career advisers and parents understandably urged students to forego their plans for a gap-year and secure their place at university by 2011. The hiatus stretched into 2012 as school leavers were undecided about whether to go to university or straight into employment. A year on and the situation is much clearer. Students are considering their options more carefully and once again their advisers are encouraging them to at least consider the benefits of taking a gap-year.”

The guidebook is supported by the www.gap-year.com website, which includes a wealth of gap-year information. It has been fully updated for 2014 and we’ll continue to do so throughout the year.

To order a copy of the gap-year guidebook 2014, then click here.

For anything else regarding the guidebook, including any feedback or enquiries, please feel free to contact the editor via jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com




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