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Gap year adventures across the world

Guest post by Peter Smith

Gap year options are growing year on year, with students finding work abroad a great way to stand out from the crowd when writing CVs for universities and employers. With companies like Real Gap offering gap year travel and career break options in around 35 different countries, there are many different locations to consider. For those still unsure of what might suit them best, here are some ideas to get you started.

Safari Adventures and Community Work

Sheldrick Wildlife Fund, Nairobi, Kenya

One of the most popular destinations is a gap year in Kenya and with good reason. In Kenya, travellers will learn about the local wildlife and rainforests, dive for underwater views of coral reefs and explore mountain paths, including climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro. Adventure holidays will take you on safaris, over to the Rift Valley and Malindi Marine National Park. Not to mention the chance to visit some of the cafes and clubs in Nairobi. However, if you’re looking to expand your CV, then why not opt for volunteer work in Kenya? Volunteer options in this area include wildlife conservation, helping disadvantaged young people, assisting with medical agencies, and working alongside local tribes. Combining travel with volunteering work benefits both the intrepid adventurer and the host country, with community projects helping to advance economic growth, develop awareness and establish intercultural communications.

Learn a New Language

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Alternatively, you may choose to head to Guatemala or Cusco to learn Spanish in a local language school. Once in the area, visitors can enjoy and explore Central America whilst improving their confidence in speaking a foreign language. This immersive approach to learning a language is far easier than learning in a classroom, helping travellers to expand their vocabulary by communicating with locals. With Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail all within your reach this is learning on a much more exotic scale not to mention an adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Build and Construct

For those who want to get their hands dirty, there are also opportunities to get involved in small and large scale community projects. On this type of gap year break, visitors can help construct crucial builds that will improve the quality of life for many local people. A popular destination for this type of holiday, Thailand provides a great many options, with volunteers helping to build and renovate crucial facilities that benefit both young and old. With this rewarding scheme, volunteers are able to learn new crafts while developing and enhancing their interpersonal and social skills. Many go on to enjoy more volunteer holidays abroad, others re-visit to help create and restore more facilities.

Whilst these are just three examples of where to go and what you can do how to be involved, there are many more options to choose from, including paid work, round the world trips, and sports and activity breaks. Explore the possibilities and start planning one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures you could hope to experience.

Peter Smith is a keen traveller and writer with an eye for good offers and deals. A regular contributor for travel blogs, his work is focused on the latest trends for trips abroad, including Real Gap and volunteer work.

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