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Gap years in India: discover a land of wondrous variety

From the slums of Delhi to the Himalayan foothills, India has a world to offer the young gapper, writes Tim Walker

What to expect on a stagiaire in Brussels

A six-month internship in Brussels has helped Sarah Hajibagheri decide on her career path

How to cope when your offspring embark on gap years

Hilary Wilce was worried when her daughter, Katy, went on an independent gap year to Tanzania. But her fears were allayed when she paid her a visit

Working in a land down under

'The lifestyle is hard to leave, but you miss family and friends'

How to plan a working holiday in India

A journey to the subcontinent can be a daunting prospect, but help is available. reports

Charity Work: It's never too late to lend a hand

If you want to help out following a disaster overseas, or if you're in need of a constructive year out, volunteering opportunities are open to all. Kirsten Downer reports

Geraldine Peacock: Charities need more diverse trustee boards

The year of the Volunteer is drawing to its close and all the evidence is that it's been a real success - tapping into a mood and a need in society to give something back. The Commission seized on this opportunity to make a push to encourage people to become charity trustees - the people who govern the 190,000 charities in England and Wales.

How to have a real adventure

Take a train or get on a bike to experience the thrill of travel as it used to be

A year to save the world

The Asian tsunami has inspired many young people to do relief work abroad

Where in the world to go next?

The Live8 concerts helped put Africa on the itinerary of many gappers. But old favourites Australia and Thailand remain as popular as ever, says Emma Prest

Teach, train and tackle your way to a sporting good time

Combine your passions for sport and travel with an athletic year abroad

Highway to the danger zone

Some gappers do sun and surf, while others seek their thrills in the nearest war zone

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Beating around the bush

You may encounter the odd stray leopard or have to decapitate your meals, but Camp Kenya offers a great chance to put something back

What happens when a gapper goes ape

Jo Goatly spent two months working on an orangutan reserve in Borneo
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