Making the decision to take a year out from your studies or career is a big move, and for most people it’s a step into the unknown, taking on completely new experiences.
At Camps, we’ve helped thousands of students start their gap year journeys over the years, so we know all about the concerns, questions and trepidations about making the leap.
But we also get to hear countless stories from volunteers who return home feeling revived, inspired, empowered and ready to take on the world.
Here’s what our volunteers have to say about their gap years with us:
“Looking back on my time there since coming home has only made the experience in Ecuador and Peru seem more incredible. By volunteering in the communities, we truly got to see the whole of the country, not just the tourist’s facade. I feel inspired and excited to now live a more meaningful and full life and I can feel that I have become more confident and appreciative as a person. It’s only been a week, but I’m already dreaming of where I can volunteer and travel next.”
– Kathleen, Ecuador & Peru
“My 2 months in Kenya during my gap year were definitely some of the best months of my life! Although the work was hard at times, it was always fun – the Camps staff was just SO incredible! They supported us whenever we needed help, and were always there for us. But surely the best part about this whole trip was seeing that we were really making a difference in the communities where we worked. The people I met were amazing, the country is just incredible, and Camps really made my time there unforgettable!”
– Larissa, Kenya
“If you’re thinking if this kind of trip is for you – if you like hard work, getting deep into the real culture and life of a country, then I would not hesitate, do it! You won’t regret it! You gain new skills, meet amazing people and learn that you can live happily with only the basics. Just go with an open mind and be flexible, some times good things come from spontaneity…”
– Ellie, Ecuador & Peru
“My trip this summer was my second trip with Camps International – which just goes to show how much I loved it the first time! My experiences have changed my outlook on life and helped to shape the person I am today. I have learnt a lot about myself and about parts of the world I had never thought twice about, as well as forming friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I’m even considering trip number three!”
– Amy, Borneo
“I can honestly say my expedition to Camp Ecuador is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. It was my first time traveling which was nerve wracking but as soon as I met my leader, Paola, who throughout the 3 months became a good friend of mine, I felt totally comfortable and excited to start work. Each camp was so unique and every weekend was a different town which we could explore. I would definitely recommend Camps International as it was one of the best last minute decisions I’ve ever made.”
– Kat, Ecuador
“The month I spent at Camp Peru ended up being the best month of my life – I wish I had stayed the extra two months! I was extremely nervous as it was my first time travelling by myself – I could never have expected how welcome I would feel when I arrived. During my month in Peru, I also did the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. This was an unmissable experience – never in my wildest dreams had I thought I would be able to tick this off my bucket list. I’d recommend this trip to anyone that wants to make a difference, while having the time of their life & making lifelong friendships with like-minded people. This trip will challenge you and help you grow – it will change your perspective on life, and you will never look back.”
Or if you’re looking for more gap year and travel advice, get in touch with our expert team who can help turn your travel dreams into reality.