Inside this guide you will find information on:
Deciding to take a gap year - the rewards, the risks, discussions with schools, universities, timing, fund raising, red tape, reassurance for parents.
Gap year placement organizations - full details of companies which arrange specialist Gap Year programs, expeditions, work experience, voluntary work, etc.
Other opportunities - hundreds of other projects available for young people taking time out including:
Accompany bush rangers in wildlife parks in Botswana Get involved in tsunami relief in Thailand or Sri Lanka Help keep children off the streets in Guatemala Learn to be a snowboard, surfing or diving instructor Crew on yachts around the Med, the Caribbean or Florida Ride the outback as a jack- or jilleroo in Australia Teach English in Europe, India, Japan or China Build walkways in the Costa Rican rainforest Study drama, art, cinema, or cookery in Italy Protect bears and loggerhead turtles in Greece
Country by country guide - covers the complete range of opportunities listed by country, to be found in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Over 100 first hand accounts from people who have taken Gap Years.
About the Author
Susan Griffith is the author of many of Vacation Work's leading books including Gap Years for Grown Ups, Work Your Way Around the World, Teaching English Abroad, and The Au Pair & Nanny's Guide to Working Abroad. Canadian-born, she currently lives in Cambridge with her family.
Table of Contents
(1) PART I - PREPARATIONS (2) Introduction (3) Planning & Preparation (4) Travel (5)
PART II - GAP YEAR PLACEMENTS (6) Specialist Gap Year Programmes (7) Expeditions (8) Work Experience (9) Volunteering (10) A Year off for North Americans (11) Paid Seasonal Jobs (12) Au Pairing (13) Courses (14) PART III - COUNTRY BY COUNTRY (15) Benelux (16) France (17) Germany (18) Greece (19) Italy (20) Russia & Eastern Europe (21) Scandinavia (22) Spain & Portugal(23) Switzerland & Austria (24) Africa (25) Asia (26) Turkey (27) The Middle East (28) Australia & New Zealand (29) Canada (30) Israel (31) Latin America (32) The Caribbean (33) The USA (34) APPENDICES