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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