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Gap Year Volunteer
A Guide to Making It a Year to Remember
US$ 7.99 (+ tax)
There have never been so many opportunities on every continent - how do you find the one that's right for you and have experiences that you'll remember forever/tell your grandkids about? This guide will help you find a way to make a difference while exploring new cultures during your gap year.
Summersdale Publishers Ltd.; October 2006
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Whatever age you are, whatever level of experience you have, whatever stage you’re at in your education or career, you have something to offer and something to learn about yourself and the world around you. If you’re taking time out and want to contribute, you could find yourself building houses in Cambodia, saving turtles in Costa Rica or teaching English to a class of eager kids in South Africa. The chances are, you’ll never see the world – or yourself – the same way again. But an important aspect of organising your gap year volunteer placement is preparation. No matter what you want to do, you need to plan ahead in order to make the most of all your opportunities. Give yourself plenty of time to look into volunteering possibilities, and you will have more options and choices as well as adequate time to raise the necessary funds and organise the million and one details that are involved in making this temporary change in your life. The earlier you start, the more relaxed you will be and the more you will enjoy the whole process. Whether you’re a ‘gapper’ or a ‘career breaker’ you will have questions about what you can do to help others and really make a difference. It is an important decision and you need to fully understand every aspect of what’s ahead of you. We’ve endeavoured to raise many of the most important questions here in order to set you on the right track. Remember, the key to making the most of your gap year is to be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve and what you expect. Don’t do something because all your friends are doing it or because you think it’ll look impressive on your CV. Find something that you can put your heart into and you’ll receive a lot more in return.
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