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Not sure if taking some time out before or after university is right for you? We’ve been running award winning gap year programmes since 2002, so we totally understand how you’re feeling.

The phrase itself is confusing as you certainly don’t need to take a whole year out to embark on a life changing journey. We run gap year programmes from 2 weeks to 3 months, so if you decide that taking a year off from your studies isn’t for you, you can head off during your breaks from college or Uni.

Take a look at our thoughts on why taking some time away from the grind of traditional education can be so beneficial to your personal development.

Give yourself some space and slow down the pace.

You’ve been in a whirlwind of exam stress, parties and part time jobs, not to mention working out where you’re headed next. A gap year will be a well earned break, giving you opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and make your application to college, university or chose career even stronger.

This is your prime.

When else are you going to be young, full of energy and enthusiasm with no worries, responsibilities or mortgage payments. The answer is never, so live in the now and make it count.

See the bigger picture.

It’s easy to get caught up and think that you and your group of friends are the center of the universe. As such, any small disagreement may seem like the end of the world. However, if you’ve travelled, been out there and seen the world, you’ll understand there are more pressing issues for humanity than not getting over 50 likes on insta or missing a 21st birthday party.

Push yourself out of your comfort zone.

There’s no doubt that on your Gap Year you’ll be forced into integrating with new people and getting comfortable in new places. Step out of your bubble and push your boundaries. A Gap Year is a great confidence builder. Suddenly that next interview won’t seem so daunting when you know you conquered sleeping in a hammock in the jungle, summiting Kilimanjaro or diving with sharks in the Galapagos.

Be a more interesting person.

Through travelling to far flung corners of the globe you’ll have a whole bank of engaging stories to tell new work colleagues or friends at uni. You’ll be the person people will want to chat to, as long as you don’t make them feel like they totally wasted their own gap year that is.

Build a stand out CV.

Thinking that your bar work or supermarket job isn’t setting your CV on fire? Do something about it. A gap year volunteer programme with Camps International will show potential employers or universities that you are a well rounded, mature and hard working candidate, a real team player. Imagine the scenario – you have one job candidate that spent two months partying in Thailand on their gap year and another that spent two months living with rural communities in Peru building new classrooms and trekking to Machu Picchu on theirs. Who is going to stand out as the more mature, conscientious, well rounded person for the job?

Grow your friendship circle.

Meet people from all over the world, share stories, views and experiences, their perspectives with enrich yours. Plus, you’ll have places to stay all over the world when you are looking to embark on your next adventure.

Become a global citizen.

We are 100% integrated within real communities so you’ll be part of their culture not on the edge of it. You’ll trade stories, ideas, customs, beliefs and wisdom with people completely different to you.

It’s your world, go check it out!

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