Gap Years: Useful links and adviceWatch
Does anyone have any links they'd recommend?
Personally I'm a big fan of year in industry (yini).
For travel sites lonely planet is always a good place to start (wolrdguide gives some fantastic information and thorntree is great for getting advice from people who've been somewhere before you).
I've never been too impressed by http://www.gapyear.com (but then I've never taken an actual gap year ).
Feel free to add more to the thread and add any comments on usefulness/content
This is the company I am going with, and I think that the stories people have written about their experiences are superb. There is also an australian version of the website with even more stories on it, but I don't know the address off the top of my head. Enjoy
http://www.statravel.com/ Gotta love sta travel, very cheap, lots of great ideas!
wbsite offering placements for conservation, teaching as well as other stuff
the cool thing with them is u chose wen ud like to start and how long u go for!
definatly worth checking out if u want a project!
A season worker's website - I spent my gap year as a barman in a slope-side bar in the French alps. This site gives information on job types, as well as a very extensive jobs database, and a forum where you can ask pretty much any question about working a winter season.
I ended up doing something pretty different to everyone I knew (especially seeing as I got paid for working my gap year!), but it was the best 5 months of my life - it was a hard call whether to come back to uni this september, or just go back out to the snow again. Incredible fun. Some employers even provide accomodation, travel, and lift pass as part of the employment package!
www.globalvillage.com and it's other bit www.roundtheworldflights.com. It's (as the name of the latter suggests) a company dealing with round the world flight tickets. They're all Aussies based in London, but it seems to work quite well, and I got lovely flights on Virgin and Singapore Airlines with them :P.
www.bookhostels.com - again fairly self explanatory... Useful for getting reasonably cheap and OK accomodation in most places (I've tried it myself and their suggestion was fine if a little basic. But hey, you're taking gap years so you're not expecting 5* :P)