How to spend a gap year summer on a limited budget?

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I am currently enduring a period of interrupted study until September and have been living at home and working a boring retail job since October. I live at home in a really isolated village, don't drive and have no friends nearby and as such I am going crazy with boredom. I want to do something exciting this summer but I don't have much money to travel etc. I have taken a peek at work abroad schemes but moast require a fee which I can't afford. What is a good way to break the boredom and do something different for your gap year when you don't have a whole lot of money?

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I am currently enduring a period of interrupted study until September and have been living at home and working a boring retail job since October. I live at home in a really isolated village, don't drive and have no friends nearby and as such I am going crazy with boredom. I want to do something exciting this summer but I don't have much money to travel etc. I have taken a peek at work abroad schemes but moast require a fee which I can't afford. What is a good way to break the boredom and do something different for your gap year when you don't have a whole lot of money?

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If you have time and money, you could enrol on courses such as first aid, cooking, babysitting, certified nursing assistant or EMT (paramedic) training courses.

You could also volunteer locally.

If you really desire to travel abroad and think it may be possible to do so, you can try to find relatively more affordable gap year or volunteer abroad programs. It may be easier to get on certain volunteer abroad programs if you have previous related experience.

https://www.goabroad.com/articles/ga...-year-programs
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/ga...-year-programs
https://www.podvolunteer.org/
https://www.vsointernational.org/volunteering
https://www.volunteerforever.com/art...isingVolunteer
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/ga...-year-programs
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/ga.../free-gap-year

If feasible time- and money-wise, you can also apply to online certificates or degree programs and study during your gap year. Some universities may offer online certificates or degrees. University of the People (https://www.uopeople.edu/) offers online degrees at a more affordable price.
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I am currently enduring a period of interrupted study until September and have been living at home and working a boring retail job since October. I live at home in a really isolated village, don't drive and have no friends nearby and as such I am going crazy with boredom. I want to do something exciting this summer but I don't have much money to travel etc. I have taken a peek at work abroad schemes but moast require a fee which I can't afford. What is a good way to break the boredom and do something different for your gap year when you don't have a whole lot of money?

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I know of a scheme where you work as an auoair in China for 6months or a year and you teach the kids english, you get paid (obvs), you get free Chinese language lessons. It's a great cultural experience and you don't need to pay any money. (a friend of mine is going to do it and she doesn't stop talking about it).
If you're interested I can find out more.
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There are so many options but I guess it coms down to where you want to go/do. These links should help you find something:
Summer travel ideas
Gap year ideas
Summer jobs
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