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When Is The Best Time To Take A Gap Year Holiday?

Updated on July 2, 2009

A gap year holiday is something you should consider if you are seriously interested in taking time out of your regular routine. You could really gain a whole lot from the experience. Many people have done this with great success so why not give it a go.

Here are 5 reasons why now could be the best time for you to take a gap year trip abroad.

Bored with life? Think About Doing Voluntary Service Abroad

Sometimes you can get stuck in a rut. You may be one of the very lucky ones who actually has a job that they love. However if you feel like doing something to change your routine, even on a short term basis, why not consider doing voluntary work in a foreign country?

You can take a gap year holiday whenever you desire
You can take a gap year holiday whenever you desire

Made redundant? Consider Doing Charity Work Abroad

If your job situation has changed through no fault of your own, this could be seen as a blessing in disguise.  Take the opportunity to do something meaningful like charity work overseas in order to get your own life into perspective.  After a good clean break from your regular routine, you could return home refreshed and ready to look for your new job.  The time out may even point you in a different direction job wise.

Take a gap year holiday with your partner
Take a gap year holiday with your partner

Want To Do Something Worthwhile? Voluntary Work Is Good For The Soul

There are so many ways that you can make a difference, either to another person or to the environment. A gap year adventure could enable you to be magnanimous with your time and knowledge. Even if you feel that this is just something to stroke your own ego, at the end of the day, others will benefit from your efforts, whatever your initial reasons for getting involved are.

Just think about all those people on the TV programme “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here”. They may like to tell us that they have chosen to be on the show in order to raise money for their specific charity but I bet you that not one of them would go freely into the jungle and eat crappy rice and beans if they were not getting paid handsomely for it or trying to improve their media profile so that they can get bigger and better TV gigs.

Don’t worry that your motives might sound selfish and self-serving. Just go out and do what you need to do. Your actions could benefit others in a really positive way.

Financially Stable? Volunteer Overseas To Work With The Less Advantaged

It is a much easier option for people to consider volunteering overseas when they know that they have money in the bank and are in a stable and secure job.  If you are able to organise a sabbatical from work, knowing that your employer is happy to keep your job open, this is a perfect situation to be in. You can take on voluntary work without worrying about your funds or what will happen when you return home from your overseas adventure.

Thinking Of Changing Your Career Path? A Gap Year Abroad Gives You Time To Think

Some people know that the career they have chosen is to not the one for them. It does not bring any kind of happiness or feeling of fulfillment. Taking a gap year abroad could be the catalyst you need to jumpstart your new career path. If you have decided that you may like to work in the voluntary sector, sign up for a 6 week placement abroad in a field of your choice and interest. If you simply need to take time out to really consider your options, go travelling as this might help to bring fresh new ideas to mind.

A gap year holiday could completely change your view on life.  You could gain an amazing insight into what you really value while helping others less fortunate that yourself. The best time to look at volunteer opportunities abroad is when you know in your heart that you need a change.  Look at the possibilities that are suitable for the type of person you are and just go for it. 


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    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @LRobbins - thanks so much for the comment and the link.

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    Laurel 8 years ago from Germany

    Great hub! I've linked to it from my Pros and Cons of Volunteer Vacations hub.

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    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @rb11 - Some organisations will charge you because they arrange everything for you. All you need to do is turn up and work. Some people want the assurance that they will be safe in a foreign country so are happy to pay for the experience.

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    rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

    did I read the ad for Peru right, not only are you volunteering your time, but you have to pay for travel, food and room too?