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Gap years

Hello all. Excuse me if this should be in a forum somewhere....Embarassed
My son is in his last year in lycee and all being well, that is he buckles down and does some work, he's hoping to take a year out and travel/work. I would be greatful for any wise thoughts. He's hoping to work anywhere there's skiing, mountains. Look forward to any comments xx

Posted at 5th Nov 2009 - 11:21AM   Posted by Pili Pala   Gap years Comments: 4

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Both my two have done this, although at different stages. Robyn as your son intends - between school and University. Tom, is currently on a gap year now having graduated, but wishes to continue on to post grad studies in September 2010.

Things that are important: make sure they have their Euro medical card sorted, and some student back packer travel/medical insurance too, especially as he wishes to Ski - accidents will happen and best to be prepared. Even more important to have good medical insurance if he is going Stateside.

All my kids gap year activities have been financed by themselves (yep I am a mean Mummy) but I felt it was essential that they learned the realities of life, what things cost, and how to make their money last, and budget from month to month, before they went off to Uni. This was very successful with my son, my daughter is still a bit scatterbrained about money (she chooses to be because she knows Dads a soft touch) I tried to encourage them to work, save a little, spend a little, and have lots of fun - fun doesn't mean getting completely drunk every night either - many of the kids seem to.

A backup plan is always useful, things can and will go wrong, so make sure they know how to get help wherever they are.

Heres a few links for organisations and companies that offer advise and other things for gap year students:

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Gap_year/p!eLdabbe

http://www.realgap.co.uk/

http://www.frontier.ac.uk/?gclid=CJPFv_vi850CFUtp4wod4SYuNw

http://www.gapyear.com/

http://www.gap-year.com/browse2.asp?catID=1155

http://www.gapyearjobs.co.uk/

Hope he has lots of fun!

Posted by: Zoe on 5th Nov 2009 at 11:44AM

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wow Zoe thank you for all the info, thats homework for the weekend x
By the way the wellies are still going strong Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Pili Pala on 5th Nov 2009 at 12:00PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar I don't know about sking gap years but the Rothley Trust helps fund people going on organised trips.
Raleigh International is one that we used to help. There is also one called the Project Trust that we find good but I can't find its url
The youngsters go on well organised trips, teaching English or doing all sorts of 'good' things and come back much more mature.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 5th Nov 2009 at 03:03PM

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Thank ypu Withy sounds interesting

Posted by: Pili Pala on 5th Nov 2009 at 06:06PM

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