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Gap Year & Vacation Work

Take time out to earn, learn, gain work experience and/or travel. There are a large number of opportunities available each year in the UK and abroad.

Students who have taken a Gap Year may develop increased confidence, self-reliance, maturity and adaptability - precisely those qualities which employers value.

An entire industry has grown up around the Gap Year, and there are many websites and resources devoted to the subject. Do weigh up the pros and cons!

Useful links

  • Backpacker Advice - tips for gap year on budget travelling and backpacking
  • BUNAC - teaching and other work in Australia, Canada, USA and other destinations
  • Camp America - well established company providing summer opportunities in the USA
  • Camp Leaders - cultural exchange and summer camp opportunities in the USA
  • Cross Cultural Solutions - volunteering services in communities abroad
  • Directgov - information to help you prepare for volunteering abroad and gap year travel
  • Smaller Earth - work and travel, volunteering and internships across the world

Please note that the University of Bedfordshire does not recommend or endorse any specific projects.

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