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.

Gap year abroad student

“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 essentially is taking time off for a period of 3 to 12 months before or after studies. A Gap Year can also be a study abroad experience avoiding interruption of school schedules. This is a time for reflection in between life stages. A gap year is not just “time out” to do nothing, but it’s “time out” to do something different. Something that’s going to help you take the life path you are supposed to be on. Even adults can take gap years, as in between jobs or career breakers.

Why should you join a Gap Year abroad project?

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Develop skills

Impress employers with an experience abroad and new skills acquired as you will be working in teams in limited resources areas.
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Gain Experience

Whether you are trying to gain relevant work experience in a particular field or explore a new field, a gap year can help you just do that.
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Expand your world views

Get blown away by seeing varied landscapes, cultures and wildlife while fostering local friendships and learn to appreciate differences and embrace similarities.
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Learn another language

Enhance your cultural experience by learning the local language and add it your CV/Resume to increase job prospects.
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Find yourself and learn what aspires you

A gap year is a great opportunity to discover what motivates you and what rocks your world. Get inspired while broadening your horizon!
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Live “La Pura Vida”

Get to know the world you live in by living the “pure life” traveling and exploring new 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 enter the workforce? Are you thinking they are not mature enough and need to experience the real world? Or perhaps, you see your child undecided and needs inspiration for the future, and you want to help them decide, but 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. At Kaya, we believe this is particularly important. That is why we match each and every one of our volunteers to a project that does not only appeal to their interests, but also to projects that will genuinely benefit from their 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. During your Gap Year, you’ll get to:

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Learn Management skills - as you will need to manage your own schedule and your own budget

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

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Explore career options - what a great way to try different types of activities

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Learn teamwork - all projects require some type of teamwork, teaching you how to work with all kind of people

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Be more culturally sensitive and develop your emotional quotient - meeting people from all over the world will broaden your horizons and help you become more understanding without even realizing it.

THE STATISTICS

Details 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 while on their Gap Year, 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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You might choose one location
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Try different field of expertise you think you may like – nutrition, health, therapy, wildlife, environmental conservation, marine conservation, education, etc…
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Go to multiple countries – 29 destinations offered
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Mix up excursions, travel, projects, internships and adventures altogether – Kaya and the local team can help you plan a trip of a lifetime!
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Go to different countries in one continent – 3 continents available
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Our programs have been vetted reliable, safe, authentic and sustainable.
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As you combine projects, take advantage of a price cut on each projects you sign up for.
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Receive our local staff support while on the ground – including an orientation on arrival.

Excited? Get Started Now!

A Gap Year is a fantastic way to go through a self-exploratory phase in between life stages. Kaya tries to be an educator who relates to participants. We interview candidates to make sure they are choosing the right placements based on their needs and desires. We can work with the parents, the students and the advisors equally to make sure the participant’s 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 projects. 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 and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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Our Multi-Country Gap Year Projects

For tried and Tested Pre-Designed Gap Year Options, you can explore the following:

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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