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Gap News SCHOOL’S OUT


SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST


Prospective gappers get a course in survival


Lots of work and play…


New research conducted by the National Co- ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) has found that university student volunteers are increasingly the bedrock of Britain’s festivals, and arts and science festivals. Two-thirds of festival organisers surveyed work with universities and more than half (56%) are given access to university premises free of charge. For 60% of festival-organisers the benefi t of working with a university


International Science Festival, Edinburgh


includes access to a wide range of expert speakers and artists, and for the majority (69%), the primary benefi t is access to human resource in the form of unpaid student volunteers. Most students report a high level of satisfaction with their participation, with 92% of students surveyed saying that they would volunteer again and 75% believe that the skills and experience they got from volunteering will benefi t them in their future careers.


South Africa is top destination for structured gap year


South Africa has topped the list for the fourth year in a row as the most popular destination for structured gap year


Gappers in South Africa


programmes according to research carried out by the Year Out Group, the association of leading gap year organisations. While Thailand’s popularity dropped due to the security situation in 2009, it recovered its place in the Top 10 once conditions returned to normal. Ecuador is the only South American country to feature in the list and India has gained ground. Cost is the main factor in determining the


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location of a gap year, particularly with the cost of fl ights and the impact of additional taxes on fl ying, says the Year Out Group. The number of students


planning gap years has fallen due to the rush to gain a university spot before fees go up in 2012. UCAS information has shown that less than 6,000 students are deferring their place at university for 2011, down drastically from 2010 when close to 16,000 deferred.


A new course designed to prepare British students for the physical demands of their fi rst overseas, or gap year trip, has been launched in Scotland. The Camp, located in southwest Scotland, provides a special preparation course to equip young people with the skills and mindset they will need to survive adventurous gap year travel. The fi rst week-long programme, held in the fi rst week of September 2011, saw participants receive training from ex- Special Forces on topics such as survival, fi rst aid, self-defence, geography, law and religion and local customs, www.thecamp. co.uk


There’s nothing like learning skills for life


OF THE WEEK Gap year students


STATISTICS have fallen by more than


Mini gap year breaks have risen


10,000. UCAS Autumn 2011 FirstEleven 7 ✏


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