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Thinking About A Year Out?

Thinking About A Year Out?

Thinking About A Year Out?

There are two main options if you are interested in a year out:

  • Pay for an organisation to find you a project
  • Find an organisation that will support you in your volunteering

Take a look on Real Gap www.realgap.co.uk - there are a huge range of volunteering opportunities on here and there’s travel advice, stories and videos.

With Worldwide Volunteering Database you can access part of the information but to search the database you must subscribe. See www.worldwidevolunteering.org.uk for further info.

Year Out Group is a consortium of year out organisations that provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities. It is particularly good if you would like to make some money while abroad but also do something useful. See www.yearoutgroup.org for further info.

Lonely Planet is a good source of information about volunteering, what you can do, where you can go and how much it will cost, www.lonelyplanet.com/volunteer

Outreach International is a small specialist organisation that places volunteers in work abroad on humanitarian and environmental projects. The work can involve working in schools, hospitals, animals, conservation in South America, Central America and Asia. See www.outreachinternational.co.uk or call 01458 274957.

Project Trust is a well established charity that sends people out to work on educational projects in places such as China, Namibia and Peru. See www.projecttrust.org.uk

BUNAC offers a wide variety of opportunities in countries like India, Ghana, USA and Peru (see www.bunac.org.uk for further details or call 020 7251 3472). It is expensive and you would also have to pay for your flights to and from the country but there are different opportunities to choose from such as manual work or working with children.

i-to-i have hundreds of projects throughout the world (see www.i-to-i.com or call 08000 111 156). Again it is expensive but there are a variety of projects to choose from.

Interval has lots of information about volunteering and databases to help find suitable projects see www.interval.org.uk.

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. See www.vso.org.uk or call 020 8780 7500.

Benefits of a year out:

  • Earn money
  • Gain experience of another culture/ develop new skills
  • Learn another language
  • Give something back to society
  • Get some breathing space to reflect on what you want to do with your life
  • Do something different
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Enhance your personal qualities/skills
  • Enhance your CV

Disadvantages of a year out:

  • Can be expensive
  • Can be hard to return to work
  • May not fit in with your families plans
  • May lose touch with friends
  • Can be tempting to ‘drift’ and not do anything productive so it is important to plan your time out carefully