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The excitement of a gap year will soon pall if you are not financially prepared

Bridging the gap: Why a gap year may improve you and your career

There should be more to a gap year than mountain trekking or volunteering

i-to-i - best for animal conservation, but pretty good at other gap year activities too!
i-to-i provides TEFL courses, volunteering opportunities and gap year travel packages

Top five gap year organisations

If our ultimate gap year listings guide is too much for you, we've picked out the cream of the crop to bring you five of the best gap year organisations out there, whether you're looking for some adventure, community volunteering opportunities, or the chance to kick back and relax.

Australia is a popular destination for people taking a gap year

Gap year: ultimate listings guide

Not sure what to do on your gap year? Check out our listings guide for inspiration.

Gap years should be an unforgettable experience

Take time out after your exams to see more of the world and learn valuable new skills

The excitement of a gap year will soon pall if you are not financially prepared

Crucial steps to mind the gap-year obstacles

People taking 12 months off to travel before starting further education must plan carefully to avoid going into debt

Top 10 tips for planning your gap year

Each year, approximately 230,000 young people in the UK plan their gap year. If you haven’t travelled abroad for a substantial amount of  time it can be a daunting task.

Gap year guide: 'A fantastic place to visit'

It is less frequented by gappers than other parts of the world, but East Africa has much to offer, says Zoe Flood

A unique platform

The Government-funded volunteer programme Platform2 sends UK youths to developing countries in South America and Africa - fancy applying for the trip of a lifetime?

Any volunteers?

Let’s face it, being a volunteer isn’t always seen as the most glamorous thing to do in your spare time – or, perhaps, during your gap year – but there are students out there making it an award-winning extra-curricular activity.

Into the wild

Starting your degree in January gives you an extra three months for an exciting stopgap. Amy McLellan runs through the options

Gap year: volunteering advice

How do you get the most out of a gap year if your heart is set on volunteering? Anne Giacomantonio gets advice from an expert

Gap year: discover the Latin spirit

From Machu Picchu to Montevideo, a host of wonders awaits in South America, says Sophie Morris

Gap year: off into the unknown

High-profile tragedies have made parents wary, but well-planned gap years are worth the risk, says Laura Jones

Which gap year type are you?

Gappers might be charitable volunteers, nostalgic hippies, sports enthusiasts or even career-minded business types with one eye on their CV. Andy Sharman takes a light hearted look at those seeking a world of adventure

South-east Asia: the gapper's paradise

Cheap, safe and vibrant, South-east Asia is the premier choice for the budget traveller, says Kate Thomas
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