Even Olympic athletes find time to go on gap years. Jennifer Pinches from the 2012 Team GB gymnastic team, who reached the finals of the competition, has just returned from volunteering in Ecuador with Camps International.
Get off Facebook, turn off your mobile phone, and try a gap year in one of these off-the-beaten-track remote locations...
With its fascinating culture, diverse wildlife and exotic climate, Ecuador is the perfect destination for an adventure-packed gap year. Indeed, the South American country has long drawn in those seeking active holidays and, when you consider all the things there are to see and do, it's not hard to understand why.
So, you’ve decided you want to go on gap year, but you’re a bit confused. There are so many gap year companies out there who want to help your organise your perfect gap year, that you don’t know which one to choose. That’s where we come in to help. Each week at mapthegap.co.uk, we’ll be focusing on a different gap year or volunteer company and giving you the info to help make that all important decision just that little bit easier. This week we’ll be looking at Outreach International.
If you are keen to do more than just backpack on your gap year, you may want to consider joining a voluntary project as part of your travels. Ecuador is an excellent choice if you are seeking a project that is rewarding, adventurous and fun.
Each week at mapthegap.co.uk, we’ve been focusing on a different gap year company, to give you the low down on what they offer and places they go to. This week we’re focusing on Gapforce.
If you're considering embarking on adventure travel in South America, you might be caught up with planning all the exciting things you're going to see and do. To really make the most of your time out there, consider learning Spanish at the same time - after all, being familiar with the native language can only improve your trip.
If you're a gap year traveller planning where to go on a round-the-world trip, you really should consider the many and varied attractions of Galapagos Island tour packages.
A gap year is a great time to learn a new skill. Ok so you’ve just finished school or university, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop learning. And what better way could there be than combining travel with learning?
Nowhere else on earth can you find so much natural diversity in such a small place. With a landmass of 272,000 square kilometres, Ecuador is South America’s second smallest country but includes a baffling array of landscapes and creatures.
Once a month the moon shines brighter than any other day, casting a sheet of white light over the land in one of the most beautiful natural phenomena on earth. Traditionally associated with tales of werewolves and mystical tales...
When it comes to a gap year adventure, sometimes the best idea isn’t to plan too much. Whether you’re taking time out of work for a month, have just finished school or university, or are there for the long-haul, you’ll be overwhelmed by everything.
When you think of Latin America, what springs to mind straight away? The Amazon Jungle, Andes, and mega-cities like Rio de Janeiro perhaps? This vast and varied continent is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, most fascinating indigenous cultures, and vibrant lifestyles. From the vibrant Buenos Aires to the grand Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, you are guaranteed to remember your time here.
Many people would argue that English drives the world today. From businessmen in the Middle East to hoteliers in Asia, (and let’s not forget beach bums from around the world who want to use English to flirt with tourists!) everyone wants to learn this international language of currency. And you know what that means? This desire to learn the lingo has given rise to huge demand for English teachers worldwide!
Gap-year students or career-break travellers looking for a different type of adventure should consider an overseas volunteer work placement, as Projects Aboard has just added two new destinations to its growing portfolio.
Canadian tour specialist Goway tours is promising to deliver the holiday of a lifetime, when you book an extended career break to Peru. The 20-day itinerary has a maximum group size of 20 and the total price has been frozen for 2011.