Gap Year & Volunteering

A gap year is not a year off. It’s a way to develop yourself and your skills before taking the next step in your education or career.

A gap year can make a big statement about you as a person and can help you get into certain careers.

Benefits of taking a gap year

A gap year can give you an advantage when you apply for jobs or courses.

Some of the advantages include the opportunity to:

  • think about your career plans
  • travel and experience other cultures
  • earn money to support yourself in future study
  • improve your CV by doing work experience
  • get skills you cannot learn in a classroom
  • become more mature, focussed and motivated

Useful websites

National Careers Service -  Gap year advice | National Careers Service

EDT Placements - Offering young people the opportunity to gain professional development by working in industry - Placements (age 17 & over) | EDT (

Projects AbroadThey organise life-changing volunteer projects and internships in the developing world. There is a fee - Volunteer Abroad & Internship Programs | Projects Abroad UK (

Pod VolunteerInspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world -  Volunteer Abroad | Pod Volunteer

Year Out GroupThis site is an portal site and for leading year out companies and has some good advice and range of opportunities - Gap year travel - Approved gap year providers - Gap year advice (

NHS VolunteeringNHS England » Volunteering

Charity JobsCharity Volunteer Jobs - Volunteering Jobs Near Me | CharityJob

Volunteering Gloucestershire - Over 700 volunteering opportunities from over 200 organisations there is something for everyone! - Volunteering Gloucestershire - Introduction (


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