Gap Years: Useful links and advice

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Always a handy place to start

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
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www.gap.org.uk
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!
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www.thepodsite.co.uk

ace, i recommend them

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http://www.teaching-abroad.co.uk

wbsite offering placements for conservation, teaching as well as other stuff
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(Original post by butterflew)
www.thepodsite.co.uk

ace, i recommend them
hey!

i mite be going with PoD for my gap year project starting in april.... hasnt been finalised yet tho....what do u know about the organisation? Have u been with them before?
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(Original post by Louise_1988)
http://www.teaching-abroad.co.uk

wbsite offering placements for conservation, teaching as well as other stuff
yea these guys are excellent, im going to india with them to work in a hospital and my mates using them to go to ghana to work in an orphanage.
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!
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http://www.yearoutgroup.org/organisations.htm

Nice big list of organisations doing gap-year projects
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I just found this site (which I'll sift through later):


http://www.payaway.co.uk/atlantika.shtml

Only recently decided to scrap uni plans for next year, reapply and take a gap year, quite a scary prospect but I'm really looking forward to it!
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I don't want to be self promoting here, but I thought I might put up a link to my interrailing site. Most useful bits are probably the "route and ticket planning" and "your journey" section - the rest is just about my journey and some pictures I took which might inspire you and show you the scope you have.

http://raileurope.tripod.com/index.html
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Bit of a weak link, but if you need to contact foreign countries to sort your gap year try www.cell-comm.co.uk - offers cheap international calls and free nokia unlocking
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www.madventurer.com
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www.absoluteafrica.com

fantastic tours from nairobi to cape town with amazing activities, was the hoghlight of my year. they do a number of tours to different countries varying in length.
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www.natives.co.uk

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!
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Ok, here's a few more for travel that I've just mentioned elsewhere and notice are lacking on this bit.

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)
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(Original post by butterflew)
www.thepodsite.co.uk

ace, i recommend them

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I'm going to Peru with them in April! Can't wait. they seem very relaxed but organised.
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www.findagap.com ,this is by far the best site I have come across... includes everything from cheap travel, accomodation, insurance to a massive database of Gap Year Jobs and Placements.
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For anyone interested in gaining experience in international development/ relief I recommend the following links

Engineers against poverty and aidworkers and then there is always BUNAC
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For those people interested in volunteering in South America
there is a directory of free and low-cost volunteer opportunities here:

www.volunteersouthamerica.net

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http://www.globalchoices.co.uk/

i came across this one - has anyone been with this company?
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