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With Malia Obama taking a gap year before taking up her studies at the world’s leading university, it’s time for other universities to get on board with the concept.
Once you’ve made the decision to do something different for a few months or even a year, you need to decide where to go and what to do, to ensure you get the most from your time investment.
There are a number of legitimate reasons that people think a trip abroad is out of their reach, many of which can be easily overcome.
If you want something more meaningful and personal than the well-worn tourist path, you’ll have to think differently…
The view we see in the media is just one perspective.
We challenge you to watch this without smiling.
The Gap Year Controversy: Let’s challenge the way it is used, not the concept itself.
From gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to white-water rafting on the Nile and the amazing flora, fauna and people of this spectacular country, there’s much to inspire about Uganda.
Thanks to our amazing supporters, The AV Foundation will be providing funds to carry out classroom renovations over the summer.
Our summer programs depart in 100 days and to help you, we’ve put together a handy plan of action.
No drinking water. No school.
It’s so easy to take a water supply for granted when it’s consistent. But imagine if it isn’t?
How do you know when you are making a real difference? Recent AV Celia shares her thoughts on gap year voluntourism.
“The children try their hardest to learn your name and will not let go of your hand; it genuinely feels like this tiny child has been your sibling all this time and is learning just from following your actions. I just don’t want any of them to let me go.”
One of the school buildings at Kasokwe Primary School, Uganda was in an extremely poor state of repair.
“I never took a gap year in the traditional sense of a year out. Instead each summer since my A-levels and through university I have gone away on a project.”
The Ugandans you meet will change you. They will show you love and wisdom. The things you discover about yourself in Uganda will stay with you forever.
A snapshot of the AV volunteer experience in Africa. Make an impact, travel, explore, make friends, gain skills – everyone has their own story. What will yours be?
“It was a wonderful experience, and made us even more sure that we would like to pursue further opportunities like this in helping our students.”
An insight into our gap year volunteering opportunities in Asia – combine volunteer projects with travel and adventure for an unforgettable experience.
Most of all I feel my confidence, teamwork, leadership and decision making skills were greatly improved from the project I completed with AV in Uganda.