GAP YEAR ABROAD

Whether you are in between schools, finished with school or looking to take a career break, doing a gap year can be a good option to discover yourself, live a special adventure and boost your CV/resume.

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“Just do it! Volunteering is an amazing experience and an opportunity not to be missed. ”

Stacey Wolfe | Swaziland Volunteer

What is a Gap Year?

A gap year is taking time off for a period of 3 to 12 months, before or after studies, in between jobs or as a career break. A gap year is not just “time out” to do nothing, but it’s “time out” to do something different and create reflection in between stages of life. Many find that it is a journey that helps guide you to the right life path for yourself. 

Why should you join a Gap Year project?

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Develop skills

Impress employers with new skills acquired by working in teams in limited resources areas.

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Gain Experience

Gain relevant work experience in a particular field or explore a new field.

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Expand your world views

Get blown away by landscapes and wildlife you’ve never seen before, while fostering local friendships by learning to appreciate cultural similarities and differences.

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Learn another language

Enhance your cultural experience by learning the local language, then add this skill to your CV/Resume to increase job prospects.

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Find yourself and learn what inspires you

Broaden your horizons to discover motivations and interests you never knew you had!

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Live “La Pura Vida”

Get to know the world by living the “pure life” of exploring and giving back to cultures while building memories that will last a lifetime!

PARENTS RESOURCE

Are you concerned that your child is not ready to go to college or to enter the workforce? Are you thinking they aren’t yet mature enough and need to experience more of the world? Or perhaps, your child is undecided and needs inspiration for the future? Either way, you surely want to help, but maybe you’re not sure how?

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GAP YEAR ADVISORS

As an advisor or schools counsellor, you’ll be searching for gap year adventures that are suitable for your gap year candidate. Let Kaya help. We match each and every one of our volunteers to a project that not only appeal to their interests, but also will genuinely benefit from their specific skill set and participation.

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GAP YEAR TESTIMONIAL

Jessica White
"After researching different companies, Kaya seemed to fit what I wanted to do the most". She has gained a sense of "Renewed lust for life, and appreciating everything we have. How the simplest things can make you happy. People with nothing can be happy and live life to the fullest just as much as richer people". ...
Jessica White
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Gap Year Benefits

There are many personal and professional benefits to doing a gap year. You’ll get to:

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Learn management skills by managing your own schedule and budget

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Expand your personal & professional network by meeting like-minded individuals, field experts and local friends

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Explore career options by engaging in different types of activities

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Learn teamwork by working with people from around the world

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By meeting and working with people from all over the world, you will become culturally sensitive and more understanding without even realizing it

THE STATISTICS

Details about what our respondents cited as their most significant influences when deciding to take a gap year. (2015 National Alumni Survey which was undertaken by Nina Hoe, PhD, in collaboration with the Institute for Survey Research, Temple University, and the AGA Research Committee).

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The following chart details the most significant experiences respondents had while on their gap year:

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The following chart details the most significant outcomes reported from gap year participants, broken down by color based on Personal, Global Engagement, Career & College:

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How can Kaya help you do a gap year?

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With our wide range of country options- 29 destinations offered.

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By vetting our programs to ensure their reliability, safety, authenticity and sustainability.

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By offering different fields of expertise for you to work in like – nutrition, health, therapy, wildlife, environmental conservation, marine conservation, education, etc.

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By helping you combine projects to take advantage of price cuts on each project you sign up for.

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Our local teams help you mix excursions, travel, projects, and internships to plan your trip of a lifetime.

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Our local support staff will receive you, provide orientation upon your arrival, and be available to you throughout your stay.

Excited? Get Started Now!

A gap year is a fantastic way to undergo self-exploratoration in between stages of life. Kaya relates to participants by interviewing each candidate individually to make sure they are choosing the right placements based on their needs and desires. We can work with parents, students and advisors alike to make sure the participants’ gap year expectations are met.

CONTACT OUR ADVISORS
For a tailored gap year that can include coursework, volunteering, interning or independent studies, call 0161 870 6212 or email us at info@kayavolunteer.com

APPLY ONLINE
Apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen gap year project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps. Apply now

GET PREPARED
When you’ve been accepted onto your project, we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.

HAVE A QUESTION?

We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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Our Multi-Country Gap Year Projects

Explore the following tried and tested pre-designed gap year options:

Semester Study Abroad and Service in Peru
Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Cusco, Peru.
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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
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Gap Year: Wildlife Volunteering in Africa
Have a fantastic adventure during your Gap Year: and participate in Wildlife Volunteering in Africa placements, observing and helping lions, chimpanzees and dolphins in their habitats
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Gap Year: Round the World On a Budget
Build interesting volunteering experiences to your itinerary, and meet like-minded new friends and get to know a country before venturing off on your travels
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Gap Year: Environmental Conservation in Latin America
Use your gap year to explore some of the world’s most unchartered rain-forests and coastlines in Latin America on our environmental conservation project.
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Gap Year: Community Volunteering in Asia
Grab the opportunity during your gap year travels and spend some of your time volunteering on a range of fascinating community projects in India, Thailand and the Philippines.
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African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour
Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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