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Pledge to stop placing volunteers in orphanages

Pledge to stop placing volunteers in orphanages

Re-think Orphanages. The Pledge: Year Out Group members have stated their support for the following pledge which they will sign formally when they renew their membership for 2019. “Our organisation pledges that if we have not already done so, we will now inform...
A gap year in times of uncertainty

A gap year in times of uncertainty

There have been a few highs but some desperate lows over the past few years. Political turmoils, changes in the natural environment and deeply saddening events leading to the loss of life, have left everyone feeling somewhat uncertain about the future. For some, they...
Skeptical about gap years?

Skeptical about gap years?

I was always skeptical about gap years. It comes from my French education, I was taught that once you’ve started something you should doggedly carry on to the end, education being the best example because you tend to forget quite a bit in a year and lose a working...
From a gap year to the Navy

From a gap year to the Navy

Helen Taylor is now a Sub lieutenant in the Royal Navy.  Here she recounts how her gap year experience enabled her to demonstrate that she had the skills that the Navy look for in their officers. I graduated from Exeter University in 2008 and now I am a Sub-Lieutenant...
Top 5 skills learnt while volunteering

Top 5 skills learnt while volunteering

Have you ever been sat in an interview and been asked for a specific example of when you have “thought outside of the box”? Or maybe a prospective employer asked you for an example of when you had “worked with a team to overcome a challenge”?...