Gap year experiences come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adventure-packed, study abroad, volunteer, or any combination of the above.
But what makes an experience worth spending your gap year on?
Whether you are a teenager about to embark on your first gap year, a parent planning for their child’s first gap year, or just someone looking for inspiration for your own experience, here are 6 experiences worth spending your gap year on:
1. Live and work abroad
If you want to learn a foreign language, explore a new culture or just find out more about yourself, then why not spend some time living and working abroad?
It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a new environment and learn something new.
This gap year option is available to all those who have the money to spare. If you are lucky enough to have some savings, it’s a great way to put that money to use.
For example, living in Europe for a year is something many teenagers dream about, but only a few will actually be able to do it.
2. Take on an epic challenge
Whether you’re into extreme sports, travelling on a shoestring or a combination of both, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in epic challenges.
These are great ways to meet new people and discover unknown places. No life experience is too big or small for gap year travel.
3. Teach English abroad
This is a great way to gain valuable experience, improve your language skills and make some money while you’re at it.
If teaching is a career path you want to pursue, consider this as an option.
Teaching English abroad is also a great way to meet locals and expand your social circle while you’re in your gap year.
4. Work with animals
If you’re an animal lover who loves getting your hands dirty, then why not spend some time working with animals?
There are lots of organisations that offer short-term volunteer opportunities where you can help look after animals in need.
It can also be a relevant experience for people who are interested in a career in animal rescue.
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5. Explore the world by bike or boat
Cycling or boating around the world is another epic challenge that allows you to explore the world and discover more about yourself along the way.
These can be done solo or with others—just make sure you have a backup plan for emergencies!
This type of gap year experience is perfect for those looking to discover new cultures and people, without the pressure of the 9-5.
6. Go backpacking
Backpacking is a great way to travel cheaply and meet lots of new people.
It’s also a good way to gain experience of the world, especially if you’re planning on working abroad after your gap year.
You can do this alone or with others—either way, it’s an unforgettable experience.
Many gap year students have been on gap year backpacking trips and have said that it was one of the best experiences of their lives.
Take a Break from School
A gap year is a great way to explore the world and gain some valuable experience. Make sure you choose a challenge that’s right for you and has a positive impact on the world.
The gap year can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and discover more about yourself.
And if you worry about travel cost or just your general gap year budget, you could save money by volunteering at a charity or taking a course.
Make sure you get the right guidance so that you can choose the perfect gap year activity for you.
The more information you have, the better. If you have questions, talk to your family or teachers.
Take some time out to do something exciting and useful—it will change your life!
Cudy Counsellors have the expertise and experience to help you find the right gap year ideas for you. Book an appointment today.