Surviving your first big summer holiday…

Going on your first holiday abroad with your friends is a rite of passage for any teenager. Usually taking place between the end of school and the start of university or college, this holiday is your last chance to let your hair down with friends and go wild before you have to concentrate on what […]

Carry on camping

This time of year makes me feel hopelessly nostalgic, in both the best and worst ways. Good in that I’ve got that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you relive a happy memory, and bad because I wish I could do it all over again but know that I can’t. Round about this time five […]

A Student Guide to London

London: the city of iconic landmarks, designer shopping and posh bars. It’s by all means not the cheapest city to visit in the UK, but we’re here to let you in on some of London’s best kept budget secrets. Travelling in London Although flying to the capital can be expensive, if you book train tickets […]

Happy holidays!

If your travel plans aren’t quite as ambitious or lengthy, what about a shorter holiday with your pals, to kick back, relax, explore and have fun? A full-on gap year isn’t for everyone, and there’s absolutely no shame in opting for a more traditional holiday with your mates. A week or two without your parents […]

Giving Back

Imagine having the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous landmarks and stunning landscapes and make a difference in someone’s life at the same time? It’s all possible with a far-flung volunteer project. When things don’t go your way, you get a bad exam result or you’ve just been dumped, it’s all too […]

Extreme Gap

Taking some time off from real life is a great option for thrill seekers. Planet Earth is packed with adrenaline-pumping activities that’ll satisfy your need for excitement, speed and height, and let you take in some of the most incredible mind-blowing sights at the same time! Action-packed gap years are becoming hugely popular, as young […]

Interning in NYC

Last year, I used my summer to go and live the life of the Gossip Girl cast, (well, as much as my student bank balance and overdraft would allow) and work in New York City. I am a Multimedia Journalism student and I loved the idea of going to the States for the summer and […]

Exploring Central America

After finishing his sixth year at Dunblane High School in 2011, Alastair Spray packed his bags and headed to Central America for a year of volunteering as an English teacher through Project Trust. The 18-year-old Aberdeen Uni student fills us in on his incredible gap year… What inspired you to take part in Project Trust? […]

Discover the world with ICS

We find out more about overseas volunteering opportunities… “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Planning […]