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Taking a Gap Year: The Essential Guide to Taking a Year Out [Paperback]

Susan Griffith


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2 Aug 2005 Taking a Gap Year
People approaching the end of their time at high school or college are in the fortunate position of being able to contemplate taking a year off before going on to the next phase of their lives. "Taking a Gap Year is the definitive handbook for all those students who want to make the most of a year off before or after their college course. Topics covered include:
>Making the decision to take a Gap Year
>The rewards and risks of a year out
>Discussing the idea with careers advisors and employers
>Whether to arrange your own Gap Year or to use an agency
Author Susan Griffith includes all the necessary information on the specialist Gap Year programs available, the enormous range of jobs that can be found by travellers worldwide and the possibilities for voluntary work around the world, joining an expedition, gaining some new skill or qualification, or simply taking the opportunity to travel. An important feature of the book is the section on the preparations to make, covering:
>How to raise funds
>Inoculations and other health precautions to take
>Advice on taking out insurance
>The paperwork you may need, from passports and work permits to student union cards
>What to take--and what to leave behind
>How to take or transfer money.
The book includes a country-by-country guide to Gap Year opportunities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, Israel, and Latin America, including information on work permits and other red tape as well as specialist addresses for finding work. The text is vividly illustrated with first hand stories and case histories from Gap Year travelers to show readers what they can expect from their yearoff.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Vacation - Work; 4th Revised edition edition (2 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185458328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854583284
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,808,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you want to work as an au pair in the Netherlands, with disadvantaged children in Romania, teach English in Japan or pick avocados in Israel, "Taking a Gap Year" is the book you need. Recommended."
--Overseas Jobs Express

"Recommended reading."
--"The Guardian"

"If you're advising anyone to consider further reading on this increasingly popular subject then you won't go far wrong with this."
--"Euro Express Magazine"

From the Inside Flap

Taking a Gap Year

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE
GUIDE TO TAKING A YEAR OUT

DECIDING TO TAKE A GAP YEAR
The Rewards â€" the risks â€" discussions with schools and universities â€" timing â€" fund raising â€" red tape â€" reassurance for parents

GAP YEAR PLACEMENT ORGANISATIONS
Full details of companies which arrange specialist Gap Year programmes â€" expeditions â€" work experience â€" voluntary work etc.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Includes hundreds of other projects for young people taking time out.
- Accompany bush rangers in wildlife parks in Botswana
- Get involved in tsunami relief in Thailand or Sri Lanka
- Help keep children off the streets in Guetemala
- Learn to be a snowboard, surfing or diving instructor
- Crew on yachts around the med, the Caribbean or Florida
- Ride the outback as a jack- or jilleroo in Australia
- Teach English in Europe, India, Japan or China
- Build walkways in the Costa Rican rainforest
- Study drama, art, cinema or cookery in Italy
- Protect bears and loggerhead turtles in Greece

COUNTRY BY COUNTRY GUIDE
Covers the complete range of opportunities, listed by country, to be found in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
PLUS:
Over 100 first hand accounts from people who have taken Gap Years


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Euro-focus 22 May 2007
By Kay L. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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Written from a European focus. That means still useful and inspirational to a U.S. inquirer, but might leave out info needed by U.S. citizen in terms of availability of certain opportunities.
3.0 out of 5 stars could do without 3 Feb 2013
By catherine resplandy - Published on Amazon.com
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Out dated, not enough details, mainly for English students after A levels.
Full of truism such as "a year to think to mature and to take charge ?!!"
I was not any wiser than after having read some articles on the web about summer jobs abroad. It is a good idea to publish about different possibilities for a gap year. This 'tool' needs to be more refine.
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