Gap years can be taken at any stage of your life – before, during or after your university studies; as a career-break or even in retirement! You don’t even need to take an entire year off – gap “months” can be just as fulfilling. The ultimate goal is a year out - with purpose.
Here at Projects Abroad, we’ve been helping volunteers organise their gap years for over 20 years. With our wealth of experience, we can provide a handy starting point and guide you as you plan an exciting year which combines travel and volunteering.
Why take a gap year?
There are a number of reasons to decide on a gap year.
- It provides a welcome break for students from the rigours of studying, or professionals from their working life.
- It’s an excellent way to develop soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, and overall people/life skills.
- Gap years can be a time of personal growth, broadening your horizons and leaving you with boosted confidence, maturity and insight.
- You have the chance to learn new skills and acquire valuable work experience.
- A gap year can make you more employable and boost your UCAS application if you’re a student.
- It’s a way to experience something completely different, whether it’s a new culture, destination or working environment.
What can I do on my gap year?
There are plenty of options when it comes to deciding what to do on a gap year – it just depends on what you want to get out of it. Volunteering, travelling, taking a short course, finding a part-time job or becoming an intern are all viable options. Depending on the amount of time you have available, you can even do a combination.
As we’ve spent many years helping volunteers from around the world - including Ireland - plan their gap years, we’ve assembled a range of different resources that will help you get started: