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    One unusual, non-stereotypical Gap Year idea, and therefore "more interesting than the average" for UCAS applications etc, is : http://www.wwoof.org.uk/how_it_works

    You do volunteer (or sometimes paid) work on an organic farm/orchard/small holding/shop etc (UK but there is also a separate 'woofers' site for Australia) in return for free board and lodging. Some of the possible ops listed here : http://www.wwoof.org.uk/civicrm/profile?reset=1&gid=12 Some ops are weekend or 1 week etc only - so you can try one out to see if you like it the idea first.
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    I have spent almost 3.5 months at 2 permaculture communities in South America on a woof-ing basis, and loved the experience - place, people, food, principles etc.

    BUT, unless you are hoping to study sustainability, farming or something like that, anyone looking at you cv/application will assume you are just a hippie. Which is very gap yah...
 
 
 
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