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Volunteer gap year options abroad

Gap years are the ideal option for those who wish to defer university, or who don’t get the required results.

A Projects Abroad conservation volunteer plants native tree species with a staff member in Barra Honda National Park

SUSSEX – August 16th – A-level Results Day is almost upon us, which means that students will be making their final decisions on their post-school plans. For those who do not achieve the required results, and do not wish to take up an offer through clearing, a gap year may be the ideal option – time off to reevaluate their future path without making any hasty decisions.

But gap years aren’t just for those who may not perform as well as they like in their final results – some may wish to take a break from studying, and defer university for a year. Whatever the reason, there are a multitude of benefits to taking a gap year.

“Many people write off gap years as a waste of time,” says Beth Evans, Deputy Director of UK Marketing. “However, provided you use the time constructively, they can be an excellent way to achieve personal growth and development.”

Taking a year out – with purpose – can help teenagers develop important soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and overall people skills. Furthermore, they can be a time of personal growth, broadening one’s horizons and leaving you with boosted confidence, maturity and insight.

Those choosing to take a gap year may find themselves interning, working, travelling, or volunteering – or a combination thereof. Indeed, gap years allow you to learn new skills and acquire valuable work experience, in turn making you more employable and boosting your UCAS application.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, a gap year is a way to experience something completely different, whether it is a new culture, destination or working environment.

Projects Abroad have been helping students organise their gap years for over twenty years, with a wide range of different volunteering options in over 30 destinations around the world. Depending on a volunteer’s requirements, we will match them to a placement that suits their needs and interests.

“The main aim of my trip was to gain as much hands on experience as possible before applying to university to study Medicine. The placement and experience I gained through my hospital placement has really helped improve my CV and also in my application to study medicine in the UK,” says Kieran Dash, a former volunteer on a Medicine placement in Tanzania.

Volunteers looking to gain work experience, for example, will be best suited to a Medicine & Healthcare, Law & Human Rights or Journalism project, while those seeking a traditional volunteer placement will enjoy one of the numerous Care, Teaching or Building projects. There is also the option of the exciting 27-week Global Gap Year programme, designed for gap year students seeking far-ranging international experience that spans three continents, five countries, and twelve different volunteer opportunities.

For more information on post-clearing gap year options please visit

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography lecturer, as a programme for students to travel and work while taking a break from full-time study. The programme started in Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programmes with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States

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