If your child is thinking about taking some time out for a gap trip, it can be a worrying experience and with so much to organise and prepare beforehand, it can feel overwhelming. To help you make sense of it all, we have created a ‘Parents’ Guide to Gap Trips’ that ensures you have all the information you need to be able to support your child throughout their experience.

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What opportunities are available?

Search for ‘gap year opportunities’ online and there are thousands of results! It can be overwhelming to know where to start but it’s always a good idea to find out more about each of your options before you make any decisions. From overseas volunteering, to working holidays, there are a lot of different options to explore. If your child is taking a whole gap year, they could mix up these options throughout their year to get experience of different types of travel.

What are the benefits for their future?

There are several ways in which a gap year will benefit your child in the future. Not only does it allow them to learn new skills, it can help prepare them for further education. To find out what universities and careers advisors think about students taking a gap year before higher education, read our Parents’ Guide to Gap Trips.

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How do I choose a provider?

There are a lot of travel providers out there who offer many different experiences, which vary in type, quality and ethical standards. With this being a once in a lifetime opportunity you’ll want to make sure that you pick the right provider. In our guide, you will find a list of 18 questions to ask each company about the way they work in order to ensure your child is getting the most exciting and meaningful experience with the highest safety standards.

How can I support my child whilst still giving them independence?

A big part of a gap trip is the planning of it. With so much to organise, it can be overwhelming, and some things can be easily forgotten about until the last minute.  Keeping a checklist like the one in our parents’ guide can be a great way to keep tabs on what needs to be done whilst still giving your child the independence to plan most of their gap trip themselves.

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Who can I ask for advice?

Sometimes it can help to ask someone who has experience of gap trips, and here at Camps we have dedicated independent travel coordinators that can answer any questions you have. We offer free, no obligation advice about independent travel programmes that would best suit your child. You can give us a call on 01425 485390 or drop an email to gap@campsinternational.com and we’ll be happy to give you further advice.

 

To download our full 12-page Parents’ Guide to Gap Trips, click here.