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Brits ‘too busy’ to volunteer abroad

Brits ‘too busy’ to volunteer abroad

A straw poll* conducted by leading international volunteering company Projects Abroad, has found that the main barrier holding Brits back from volunteering abroad is the required investment in time.

‘Sea’ in Thai New Year with Gap Adventures

To celebrate the Songkran Festival - the Thai New Year, celebrated on 13-15 April with one long water fight - Gap Adventures is offering a 10% discount on four of its Thai sailing trips.

'Keep Calm & Carry On' at Saloufest

'Keep Calm & Carry On' at Saloufest

It’s time to shake off those winter blues as the highlight of every university sports team’s year is about to take place! English and Irish university students will be heading to Salou on the Costa Dorada in Spain for the biggest & best university sports festival available.

Hostel Hero app gets a power-up!

Hostel Hero, the iPhone app that allows independent travellers and backpackers to book budget accommodation worldwide using their mobile device, has gained new superpowers thanks to an exciting new partnership with the online budget accommodation specialist, HostelBookers.

Make Cuba your home from homestay

Starting from 1 March, Gap Adventures' homestay programme will give and affordable and authentic way to experience Cuba.

Gap year travel wins recognition from UK employers

New independent research* commissioned by leading international volunteering company Projects Abroad, has found that 60 per cent of business managers believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for interview.

Vacate for Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day gets more commercial each year, those without that special someone in their life are probably starting to feel that Iran have got it spot on by banning the whole day altogether.

Follow in the footsteps of Man to Mantas

Follow in the footsteps of Man to Mantas

Follow in Martin Clunes footsteps to Ecuador and come face to face with some fascinating marine life.

Back from the brink of extinction

Gap Adventures has applauded the historic agreement made at the meeting of the UN Convention on Biodiversity to help halt the mass extinction of species.

Volunteering aboard attracts thousands of young Brits

Recent research from Projects Abroad has shown that last summer they sent over 5,000 volunteers overseas to work on a voluntary project as part of a gap year. In the UK 41 per cent of these were pre-university students and 18 per cent were undergraduates. In total 78 per cent of the total volunteers were between the ages of 16 and 24.

Climb it like Cotton

Climb it like Cotton

The world's largest independently-owned adventure tour operator applauds Fearne Cotton, Alexandra Burke, Denise Van Outen and friends for completing the Inca Trail and raising the profile of Peru.

Mind the gap as students take a year out

Sales of backpacker insurance were more than eight times higher in August than during the same month last year as frustration over university places prompted potential students to take a year out, new figures from Virgin Money Travel Insurance show.

Recession drives spike in gap years and sabbaticals

Britain has seen a 14-fold rise in the number of people taking gap years, sabbaticals and other lifestyle breaks since the 1970s, including a remarkable spike since the recession began in 2008.

Gap year travellers urged to plug personal safety gap

With many students currently planning a year out, intrepid gap year travellers are being urged to take basic travel safety precautions before they travel and while they are away.

A gap year with a difference

A gap year with a difference

With competition for university places and graduate jobs greater than ever, differentiating yourself from the others is becoming increasingly important.