Many students feel like a break from studies after 12 years, hence Gap Year has become a popular option for many.
The options are as follows:
- Working Gap Year
- Volunteering Gap Year
- Doing the creative, amazing thing you always wanted to do and that your matching talent will sustain
- Taking a practical/arty-something course while growing up and considering your tertiary or other training options
Volunteering can be a good way to get experience and to travel at a low cost. There are lots of volunteering opportunities available.
Staying put options
Check out your local charities, they always need people for both permanent projects and campaigns. Depending on what you want to do, you may need certifications like a Working with Children or similar. The charity will often organise this for you. Start to check with places and organisations such as:
- Local church
- Local Op-shops
- Local charities, look them up online or search e.g. Anglicare, Red Cross, St Johns Care, Vinnies, Caritas, RSPCA
Volunteering Opportunities in Australia | GoVolunteer
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Get the trip organised for you
Volunteering is big business which means there are organisations set up to send people off volunteering – and taking a fee for it. If you can afford to pay to go volunteering, they can set you up for amazing experiences. Some programs have nominal fees to get you there and insurance while other programs are quite expensive. You can find a few links below but there are many more operators.
Find a program | GVI AUS
Search GVI’s worldwide sustainable development programs and find a best fit for you based on region, program type, program focus, trip duration, or price.
Volunteer and Intern Abroad | Projects Abroad
With Projects Abroad, you can choose from hundreds of Volunteer Abroad and Intern Abroad programs in more than 30 developing countries. For all ages and skill levels.
Groups of passionate volunteers who mobilize toward positive social change.
Volunteer abroad and discover 7+ European countries for free, having your board and lodging in beautiful countryside hotels covered. Join more than 8
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