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How to Choose Gap Work

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It is important to know what you want to do on your gap year out to ensure that you get the most enriching experience and achieve all the personal goals that you want on your year out. So, the age old question that is asked by people interested in taking a gap year is “what should I do”?!

A gap year should be looked upon as the opportunity to experience the world and life in a different country. It is a valuable opportunity to explore different cultures and see some places that you may not go to on your average holiday. It is important to remember that the travelling you do now may be the only chance you have to do so and therefore you should make the most of it.

Areas to consider when deciding what gap work

It is important to think carefully about what you want to do on your gap year. The type of experience you choose may have a bearing on your future life and career, so have a think about what type of gap work would give you a sense of achievement.

If you are finding it hard to narrow down the list of options available to you then take a look at the following questions as they may be able to help you focus on what you really want to do:

  • What interests you and what type of person are you?
    • If you are energetic, active and enjoy the great outdoors then you should consider an adventurous gap year and look at gap work in places like Canada where you can work on ski resorts or in Australia where you can scuba dive daily in the Great Barrier Reef. However, if you are interested in conservation, look at gap work in New Zealand or if you want to help communities look at opportunities in Kenya or Vietnam.

  • What are your finances like?
    • When taking a gap year and looking for gap work you have to consider your own finances. This will have a bearing on whether you want to take paid work on your year out or are happy to look at one of the many volunteering opportunities that are available.

  • Do you want to learn new skills?
    • Have a think about what new skills you want to learn and develop. For example, there are many gap work opportunities where you can teach and this may be something that you want to develop for the future.

Finally, don’t forget that once you have decided on you what you want to do you need to consider how much time you are going to commit to the gap work.

Once you have narrowed down you options on what you want to do, you may be wondering where can you go to do this type of work – if so, then visit our where to go pages to help you decide.