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Where To Go

Choosing a Gap Year Destination

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So you have decided to look for gap work and take a year out travelling and seeing some of the world while you work. The only trouble is where do you go? The expression “the world is your oyster” has never been so true!

...are you screaming … help!?

Well, help is at hand. To help you focus your attention and to help narrow down your thinking to choose the perfect destination for you, we have come up with a series of simple questions that will aid with targeting your research to be more focused.

If you are more interested at this point on what work you want to do then visit our what to do pages.

1. Why do you want to go on a gap year and do gap work?

The most important question will be the one that brought you to this website in the first place and looks at why you want to take a gap year. If a gap year has been playing on your mind, why is this? Do you want to explore a specific part of the world? Do you want to take a break from the UK and experience some other climate? Whatever your reasoning you must have a basic idea of where you would like to go from thinking about a gap year in the first place.

2. What sort of job do you want?

For some people often the question of where you want to go on gap year is driven by the type of work you want to do. Have you longed for volunteer work? Do you want to work with animals in Africa or conservation in New Zealand? Have a think about the type of work that you will not only enjoy but the one that will gain you the most experience from. Have a think about your future career are there any gap work opportunities that will help you get there?

3. Do you want to live in the city or be more rural?

Have a think about the type of person you are and what you like. Do you like the hustle and bustle of city life or do you prefer life to be quieter? There are so many gap work opportunities out there from working in busy cities such as Sydney and New York to more rural gap year destinations in places like Ghana in Africa and Cambodia in Asia.

4. Do you want to learn a new language?

If you want to gain yet another skill on your gap work then have you considered or want to learn another language? If you think that you want the challenge of going to a non-English speaking country and learn the language or but some pre-existing language skills to good use then consider places in Europe or Canada.

5. Do you like flying?

Consider internal flights. This may seem an odd question for someone who wants to travel but you will be surprised by the amount of people who actual don’t like flying. Flying is a means to an end but of you don’t like flying then maybe a long haul destination such as New Zealand or Australia isn’t for you and you should look closer to home and take a year out somewhere in Europe.

Now that you have narrowed down your research take a look at the countries that are now at the forefront of your mind regarding where you would like to undertake gap work by visiting our gap year destinations section.