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 well in advance, the journey can work out a lot cheaper. As for when you arrive, London is a really easy city to get around. The underground is the perfect mode of transport for those looking to see all the sites across London. You can…

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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 easy to take your emotions out on the world, claim that you’re really hard done by and wish that you could be adopted by the Beckhams. However, no matter how tough it gets, as the old saying goes – there is always someone worse off.…

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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 people seek to get more than a few nice photos out of their time off from real life. This is all about once-in-a-lifetime experiences, pushing boundaries and living life on the edge! All within the realms of safety, of course. Whether it’s a full year,…

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The Empire State Building - Mandy Thomson

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 working, but instead of working at a children’s summer camp, which many of my friends had done, I wanted to do a work placement with the Work America Programme. My dream job is to work for a magazine when I graduate, so I was looking…

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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? I had been studying Spanish for a while at school and really enjoyed it. Also, Latin American cinema inspired me to explore the continent – in particular The Motorcycle Diaries! You volunteered as a teacher in Honduras – what did that involve? I taught kids…

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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 a gap year can seem like a mammoth undertaking, especially if your bank balance hasn’t quite recovered from T in the Park yet. It’s no surprise then that a new, fully-funded international volunteering programme is proving popular with young Scots eager to do something meaningful…

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Summer with a difference

  If your college and uni holidays are looking a little bare, read on to find out how you could be having fun, travelling, learning and improving your CV all at the same time…  Packing your bags and leaving Scotland for a year sounds like a dream come true, but it’s not exactly feasible for everyone. While gap years offer fantastic experiences, they can also be pretty costly. Lots of savvy students are catching on to this, with ‘summer gap’ and short-term travel options growing in popularity. Whether you fancy doing some conservation work in Thailand or working at a…

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