With the start of a new school year thrust upon us, those of us transferring to colleges or universities may find ourselves considering taking a year out. But can anyone blame us? We’ve been in education since the age of five, so why wouldn’t we want a break?
Ultimately, however, the question comes down to whether to simply take a year out or whether to do something else for that year. We’ve decided to pull out our gap year checklists and look into the best locations for a student gap year.
For those of you traveling for the first time, and potentially alone, Australia can prove to be one of the best locations to choose for your gap year. Australia offers all of the comforts of home while giving you the adventure you’re looking for. From the East to the West coast, there is plenty to do and see – so much so that you could spend the entire year exploring the country and still not get to see everything that’s there to see.
The best thing about it is that there’s no language barrier to worry about and with plenty of youth hostels, activities, and tours to try, the whole country is perfect for backpackers or those on a low budget. This means that there will be plenty of chances to get a twelve-month working visa for those in the 18 to 31 age range who wants to get a temporary job there!
When people mention the words “gap year,” the most common thing that goes to people’s mind is spending the year in Africa, and for good reason. One of the biggest perks of taking a gap year in Africa is simply that there are so many packages and organized tours to choose from.
Ghana is one of the hotspots for this kind of experience. Choosing it as your destination means you have the option to help build schools, assist animal conservation, and more. There’s something for every interest here and you can get packages that include flights, food, accommodation, insurance, and training, to name just a few. All of these can be had for a fixed price, meaning you don’t have to worry as much about watching your money during your gap year.
For the artists among you or for those just interested in the history of some of the most beautiful cities in the world, Italy can be the perfect place to visit on your gap year. Whether you want to consider a package deal to include a guide and tutor for an art history tour or you just want to jump on a plane and backpack your way from Milan to Catanzaro, Italy is the place to be.
It can provide a whole wealth of knowledge and experiences to remember. From the romantic beauty of Venice to the stunning artwork in Florence as well as into the history-rich streets of Rome, you can be sure that there’s something interesting to discover in every locale.
Ecuador is another location filled with possibilities for adventure in your gap year. With placements ranging from sea-turtle conservation to working with homeless children, this well-esteemed location won’t only give you the experience of a lifetime, but can give you the opportunity to make a huge difference to the lives of local families and more.
It’s also one of the lowest cost places to live in if you’re looking to stay anywhere in Latin America for your gap year. Beyond the standard placements, you’ll also have the opportunity to do lots of climbing and trekking for that sense of adventure!