Travel, teach, and earn money by doing TEFL on your gap year

If you’re interested in travel and want to get paid for it, you should consider teaching English overseas. It’s a great way to see the world, make money and boost your CV. We talk to TEFL Org UK about what’s on offer. There are paid and voluntary positions available all over the globe; from central and South America to South East Asia and everywhere in between. Rent-free accommodation, flight reimbursement and visa sponsorship are just some of the great benefits that can accompany employment packages. You can expect to teach a range of ages and levels of ability – from children to adults, students to business executives.…

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Conservation volunteering

Caitlin Spencer – African Bushveld Conservation in Southern Africa Jetting off to a foreign country can be quite daunting. This was how Caitlin Spencer felt when she first signed up to take part in Projects Abroad’s African Bushveld Conservation Project in Southern Africa. She soon realised, though, that it was the best decision she ever made and she had the time of her life making new friends and experiencing the great outdoors and wildlife. She shares her experience of her four week African adventure with us here. What made you decide to volunteer on this project? I decided on the…

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The other side of a year abroad

Exploring new cities, chilling on the beach on days off, meeting up with foreign friends on nights out… It’s the year abroad dream: that vision we see whenever someone mentions ‘study abroad’, ‘language assistant’ or ‘exchange.’ But what’s it really like? Well, for some it isn’t all sun, sea and socialising. Source writer Laura Brown, pictured right, remembers the reality of her year abroad placement… Decisions, decisions By the time I left school, I knew what I wanted to do at uni. I’d heard so much about the magical year abroad from teachers, family and older friends that my UCAS…

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Volunteering in South Africa

Megan Baker – 2 Week Special Human Rights in South Africa Megan Baker joined one of Projects Abroad’s 2 Week Special projects in summer 2013, when she was 18 years old. Megan is now studying Law at university. The 2 Week Specials are a great way to get a taste of a career or subject you may be going on to study like medicine, dentistry or law. Joining one of the Care & Community options are also a great way to experience working in a developing country and doing something worthwhile with other young people from around the world. The…

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Spring 2013 issue online NOW!

Every year at X Factor time, when the finalists are chosen, we all think, ‘Yeah, all right. They look pretty cool as they are.’ But by the next episode, the stylists and makeup artists and hairdressers have swooped in, worked their magic, and suddenly, we admit, ‘Actually, they look properly AMAZING now.’ Well, Source has undergone an X Factor makeover all of its own. Over the last few months, we’ve been tweaking and poking and prodding and trying out some new things, and finally, we’ve come up with something that’d make Gok Wan proud. Our first issue of 2013 has…

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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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Not Going to Uni? No Problem!

Whether you’re in the middle of your standard grades, highers or maybe haven’t started exams yet, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career. The majority of students will go on to further education after they leave school but heading off to college or university isn’t for everyone, and better still, it’s perfectly fine not to! Many teenagers find themselves at a crossroads unable to decide the next stage of their lives and we understand your pain. Keep reading to discover the amazing things you could accomplish straight from school… Careers in the Media Trainee Schemes or work…

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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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