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Personal Development

There are many ways to develop as an individual on a gap year or career break:

Learn some new skills – you might decide to take a course or get a qualification in something you are interested in, such as a TEFL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language),  a PADI qualification (learn to scuba dive), or become a ski or snowboard instructor.

Improve on existing skills – you may be keen to develop your understanding of a certain subject, such as taking a course in a specific language or gaining experience coaching your favourite sport.

Gain work experience – why not see what internship or work experience positions are available overseas, so you can return home with a greater understanding of your chosen career path. Alternatively you could take part in a rewarding volunteer project, or find a paid work role.

Improve your employability – you can use your time effectively during your gap year or career break, and through constructive travel you could build on key skills for your CV/resume, and develop your personal skills such as time management, organisation, awareness, and adaptability. You can also gain from improving inter-personal skills such as communication and interaction, listening, and teamwork. You will return with a deeper understanding of global issues, showing you have initiative and can adapt to any situation life throws at you.

Challenge yourself – a gap year or career break can be a time for you to stretch your limits and find out things about yourself that you might not have found out otherwise. Face your fears and test yourself, and you are bound to learn a lot. Volunteer and see if you can control a class of kids in Asia, throw yourself out of a plane high up above the beautiful New Zealand landscape, or come face to face with Great White shark on a marine conservation project in South Africa.

Shape your career – a gap year or career break adventure can be a key ingredient in making decision about your future career, as you will come back a more mature and independent individual, with a revised perspective on life, after having the freedom and time to put some thought to your prospects and where you want to aim for in life.

You may be undecided about what you want to do at university, for a career or in your next stage of life, so you can take the time before starting your next venture to refresh and compose yourself on a gap year or career break. Many universities and employers welcome the fact that individuals take time out to develop on a personal and interpersonal level.

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Testimonials
  • I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.
    Rosie Midhurst , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • ''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''
    Magalee Nahas , Medical & Health, Ghana
     
  • ''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''
    Andy Hoyle , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
    Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
    Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”
    Dale Bradley , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
    David Holmes , Sports, India
     
  • "The most amazing experience i've ever had. From the coaching to the social side, the staff and people were amazing both within the organisation and also within the schools."
    Charlotte Williams , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
    Ross Green , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."
    Rosie Wells , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "
    Sam Evans , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "This experience was unforgettable, I have met people that I will stay friends with for many years to come and completely fell in love with Argentina!"
    Jamie Henderson , Languages, Argentina
     
  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
    Melissa Cutler , Languages, Argentina
     
  • Not only did I have tons of fun I've also gained a qualification that means I can continue my travels around the world whilst getting paid to teach English!
    Helen Turner , Teaching, Argentina
     
  • This was probably the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. The organisation and staff at the school were amazing and really supported me throughout the whole process. I wish I could go back!
    Tom Mitchell , Teaching, Argentina
     
  • ''It was an ideal opportunity for me to combine travelling with my passion for sport.''
    James Hairsine , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in sports psychology, which has really helped with the psychology element of my sports studies degree.”
    Anthony Gibson , Sports, Ghana
     
  • "What a great way to get hands on experience in the field of finance and economics! I feel like I have acquired many skills that will stay with me for years to come!"
    Jenny Allen , Business & Law, Kenya
     
  • "This was such a sustainable way to support the community in Kenya, and I would love to return to continue helping out."
    Paul Taylor , Business & Law, Kenya
     
  • "I had such an amazing gap year! this project was challenging but completely worth it."
    Francesca Le Poideven , Business & Law, Kenya
     

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