Gap Year ideas

If you’re planning a gap year, it could increase your chances of gaining a place at your chosen university or landing your dream job. Here are some gap year ideas to enrich your life experience …

Teaching
Teaching English as a Foreign Language, also known as TEFL, is a fantastic way to test yourself while also feeling rewarded for your efforts helping others. It requires patience and creativity as well as improving your ability to interact in groups and one-to-one.

Teaching has always been seen as one of the most satisfying careers and doing this on a year abroad is a fantastic way to improve your CV while still being able to travel. This is a fantastic idea if you are concerned about cash flow.

Volunteering
Charitable trips are always going to be looked at in a positive light and the options are endless. The Raleigh International website provides tonnes of information on what exactly volunteering entails.

It is a great way to help poor communities or contribute environmentally and still benefit from the experience yourself, from gaining a deeper understanding of a culture to getting to see areas that are well off the usual tourist routes.

It’s important to remember that volunteering will usually cost money and be unpaid so it’s important to research your options and maybe work first to be able to afford the trip.

Challenge
Adrenaline junkies should consider focusing their energy into achieving something special, from climbing a mountain to cycling a country. Whatever challenge you take on, it shows commitment, dedication and great perseverance to complete these kinds of expeditions. Remember these types of trip require funding and most importantly, training.

Don’t forget to pack your gap year insurance!
You can purchase great value gap year insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a 2-month trip in Asia, will cost you just £18.04* – a small price to pay to really enjoy your gap year all the more!

* Premium £18.04 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 36 taking out a ‘Standard’ Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in Asia. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (December 2010) and are subject to change.