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The summer’s over and millions of young people across the world are back at school, back to saving for college or university and back to planning their future. Now is the time when students should start thinking about whether they want to head straight into the next phase of their education after this academic year or if they’d benefit from some time out.
While summer feels like it should be the time to relax, forget about studies and enjoy time with friends, that isn’t the reality for students who have spent the past few weeks nervously awaiting their exam results.
Everyone from US lawyers to Mark Zuckerberg have been taking Mandarin language classes, as China has emerged as a global superpower. But it’s a challenging language to get to grips with, hence the reason our AVs spend the first month of their gap year in China learning Mandarin intensively.
These kids show the lengths they go to after the school day, to seek out nature, excitement and a new experience. Let’s watch them head to the bat cave….
Our AVs teach basic English language through lessons, games, songs and art activities.
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.”