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i-to-i provides TEFL courses, volunteering opportunities and gap year travel packages

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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