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The Amsterdam Experience explore the famous city

gap year highlights voluntary & paid work abroad

inter-railing from Oslo to Paris backpacking through italy [on a budget]

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PROJECT TRUST

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Name: Caitriona Hometown: Ratoath, Co. Meath, Ireland Destination: Uganda Project type: Care Work

What were your impressions of your destination? I loved Uganda. The people are so friendly, the landscape is so diverse and beautiful, and there is so much to see & do in your spare time... climb a mountain, go gorilla treking, whitewater rafting, visit the national parks; the list is endless!

make the most of your gap year. he famous gap year. 365 whole days where you get the chance to show your parents you can be independent after all those years, before flying the nest and entering the fascinating world of university. What better way to spend this time than travelling abroad and working for a charity?

As there are so many different programmes out there, we have selected a couple of our favourite charities to give you an insight into the typical voluntary work of a student. From working with animals at a conservation programme in Africa, to helping out at an orphanage and teaching English in Thailand, there is something to suit everyone.

Project Trust was founded in 1967, and has been successfully changing the lives of volunteers and communities ever since. The project sends school leavers overseas for volunteer placements in Africa, Asia and America, and allows you to experience life as a valued member of a local community. The projects are long term, typically lasting between eight and ten months, which allows for a completely intimate experience with your chosen country and its community, as well as time to appreciate the complete cycle of the seasons.

Lattitude have 40 years experience in global volunteering, and have supported nearly 40, 000 young volunteers around the world.

What was your accommodation like? Did you feel comfortable and welcome at all times? Accommodation was basic. Be prepared to wake up with a lizard in your bed and cockroaches under it! Wash from a basin of cold water outside and cook on charcoal. It takes nearly two hours to make a cup of tea but it’s worth it!

A huge variety of programmes are available as everyone is after a different experience; where you go and how long for is completely down to you.

Were you happy with the organisation and the staff that were responsible for you during your stay? Couldn’t put a bad word out there about Project Trust. They selected us, trained us, and debriefed us when we came home. I made amazing friends with the other volunteers, and PT is there if you need them but doesn’t interfere with your everyday work.

Stay closer to home and explore Europe, or venture across to the other side of the globe. The vision: a world where all young people contribute to a more dynamic, caring and tolerant society as responsible global citizens.

Do you feel that you got value for money on the project? I raised around 6,500 euro before I went and spent the most amazing year of my life in East Africa. It was an unbelievable experience which no amount of money can buy. Would you recommend the project to others? Yes

Name: Kate Hometown: Surrey Destination: Ecuador Project type: Teaching English and working in an orphanage

What were your impressions of your destination? A beautiful country, friendly people. The most wonderful place on earth! Was the work interesting and challenging? I loved teaching even though it was challenging as I felt I was really making a difference, as it was a poor school. And working in the orphanage was demanding but I loved each one of the children, and was heartbroken when I had to leave! What was your accommodation like? Did you feel comfortable and welcome at all times? I stayed with a family (organised by my gap year company) and they took me in and treated me just like family. I really got on amazingly and I know I will go back to see them as they feel like family to me now. Were you happy with the organisation and the staff that were responsible for you during your stay? Yes, 100%. They were organised and I felt safe and that the company knew what they were doing. Do you feel that you got value for money on the project? Definitely as the company is a charity so cost a lot less than other companies, and all my food and accommodation was included. Would you recommend the project to others? Yes (www.gapyearreview.co.uk)

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You’ll be faced with new challenges every day and learn skills that will stay with you for life. Explore different cultures, meet extraordinary people, and most importantly; change lives.

There are 1000’s of charities and programmes that specialise in overseas voluntary work for students, in destinations all over the world.

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Was the work interesting and challenging? There was NEVER a dull moment. So many opportunities to start new projects, paint murals on walls, build a playground, plant a vegetable garden as well as teaching, playing and having fun with the kids who are always smiling.

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