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    Gap Year

    Who has already been/going to go/wants to go on a gap year?
    I really want to in 2011, but I haven't made up my mind about what I want to do.

    Any ideas?
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    Re: Gap Year

    most people who take the gap year tend to waste it and when the time comes to go to uni they're either too lazy or not ready because it's been a while since they did any work. if you're going to do something useful like an internship or if you're going to backpack (pereferably as an aid worker or something) then that's a gap year well used.

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    Re: Gap Year

    and lol Abbotsleigh girl, so what are you going to do on your gap year? find a rich old business exec and marry him? (just perpetuating the stereotype)
    Last edited by philphie; 23 Dec 2009 at 5:01 PM.

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by philphie View Post
    and lol Abbotsleigh girl, so what are you going to do on your gap year? find a rich old business exec and marry him? (just perpetuating the stereotype)
    hahahahaha. that made me laugh quite a bit (out loud)

    nah, girls at abbotsleigh who go on gaps tend to go to england to work at a boarding school. i couldn't think of anything worse, leaving school and then having to go back to a school environment again.
    i would love to do some aid work or teaching in a developing country, but my parents want me to go to a developed country seeing as it is my first travel experience by myself - so no africa, south america, middle east or india .

    so i'm thinking i want to go to the US or canada to work at a camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    hahahahaha. that made me laugh quite a bit (out loud)

    nah, girls at abbotsleigh who go on gaps tend to go to england to work at a boarding school. i couldn't think of anything worse, leaving school and then having to go back to a school environment again.
    i would love to do some aid work or teaching in a developing country, but my parents want me to go to a developed country seeing as it is my first travel experience by myself - so no africa, south america, middle east or india .

    so i'm thinking i want to go to the US or canada to work at a camp.
    well AusAid run a program called AYAD for people 18 and over. assignments are usually 6-12 months long and some you will need special skills for, you can go pretty much anywhere in east, west, and south asia, as far as Bangladesh. they pay for your visa, accom, and airfare.

    if you want to go to places like africa/south america/middle east you would have to go with private NGOs and that means $$$ but i assume you could afford it.

    if not outside Australia then there are plenty reserves in rural Australia that need help.

    working at a camp to be honest can be very disappointing, i've spent a fair amount of time in America and you can't even imagine the kind of kids you might end up getting.

    no offense, but it is a shame that so many upper class families shelter their kids like this.

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by philphie View Post
    well AusAid run a program called AYAD for people 18 and over. assignments are usually 6-12 months long and some you will need special skills for, you can go pretty much anywhere in east, west, and south asia, as far as Bangladesh. they pay for your visa, accom, and airfare.

    if you want to go to places like africa/south america/middle east you would have to go with private NGOs and that means $$$ but i assume you could afford it.

    if not outside Australia then there are plenty reserves in rural Australia that need help.

    working at a camp to be honest can be very disappointing, i've spent a fair amount of time in America and you can't even imagine the kind of kids you might end up getting.

    no offense, but it is a shame that so many upper class families shelter their kids like this.
    well i guess i can understand my parents opinions - seeing that i have been brought up on the north shore of sydney, perhaps going to a developing country might be very confronting for me and maybe after i graduate from uni when i've matured a little bit and experienced the "real world", i would be able to handle the situation better than i would have if i've just left school.
    even my parents who just recently went to india (i think delhi, taj mahal and some other touristy places) were very shocked and confronted to see the conditions that some of the people had to live in, and i guess noticing the massive gap between the rich and poor in india didn't really help much either.

    i did tell my parents that i wanted to do something that would help out people who actually needed it, so they suggested parts of asia, rural australia and the pacific islands, so i'm really looking around for something worthwhile for me to do.
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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    nah, girls at abbotsleigh who go on gaps tend to go to england to work at a boarding school. i couldn't think of anything worse, leaving school and then having to go back to a school environment again.
    im not a girl at abbotsleigh (obviously) but i did the same thing...and it actually wasnt that bad....

    but there are options through organisations where you can do community care, environmental care, outdoor ed, aid and development, teaching english in impoverished countries.... and so on....

    i recommend doing a gap year - i came back to uni and was fine going back into study BUT other people get lazy and then decide not to go to uni after doin a gap year....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peartie View Post
    im not a girl at abbotsleigh (obviously) but i did the same thing...and it actually wasnt that bad....

    but there are options through organisations where you can do community care, environmental care, outdoor ed, aid and development, teaching english in impoverished countries.... and so on....

    i recommend doing a gap year - i came back to uni and was fine going back into study BUT other people get lazy and then decide not to go to uni after doin a gap year....
    did you go through lattitude (previously called gap activity projects)?
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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    well i guess i can understand my parents opinions - seeing that i have been brought up on the north shore of sydney, perhaps going to a developing country might be very confronting for me and maybe after i graduate from uni when i've matured a little bit and experienced the "real world", i would be able to handle the situation better than i would have if i've just left school.
    even my parents who just recently went to india (i think delhi, taj mahal and some other touristy places) were very shocked and confronted to see the conditions that some of the people had to live in, and i guess noticing the massive gap between the rich and poor in india didn't really help much either.

    i did tell my parents that i wanted to do something that would help out people who actually needed it, so they suggested parts of asia, rural australia and the pacific islands, so i'm really looking around for something worthwhile for me to do.
    i don't know, throwing yourself in the deep end works pretty well, worked for me. AYAD has plenty of assignments in southeast asia and pacific islands, Vietnam is the first one i could think of. if you want to work in rural areas of Australia then i recommend this (only because it's the only one i know of)
    Lasallian Youth Ministry :: Programme Details

    and i don't really see the problem of being confronted by such realities like that unless you're some kind of social elitist or something (not to say that you are, again perpetuating north shore stereotypes)

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by philphie View Post
    i don't know, throwing yourself in the deep end works pretty well, worked for me. AYAD has plenty of assignments in southeast asia and pacific islands, Vietnam is the first one i could think of. if you want to work in rural areas of Australia then i recommend this (only because it's the only one i know of)
    Lasallian Youth Ministry :: Programme Details

    and i don't really see the problem of being confronted by such realities like that unless you're some kind of social elitist or something (not to say that you are, again perpetuating north shore stereotypes)
    thanks for that, i'll look through it in more detail later on.

    well i don't think this would happen to you, but i totally freak out just reading newspaper articles and seeing pictures in my geography text book. the extent of my explorations include accidentally stumbling upon the "bad" neighbourhood of LA (the mcdonalds restaurant there had to have bars/screens between the customers and the counter due to the cases of crime and robbery) and walking through the park in tokyo where all the homeless people in their tents and boxes live. i do really want to help out the people who really need it, but i'm not sure if my gap year is the right time to do that, i'll have so many opportunities later on throughout my life when i've had more life experience. maybe then i won't freak out by pictures in my text book.
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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    did you go through lattitude (previously called gap activity projects)?
    indeed i did

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peartie View Post
    indeed i did
    that's the company i would like to go with, only problem is the amount of money you have to pay just to go with them.
    out of curiousity, what school did you go to in england? i have a few friends who are going up north to work at a boarding school next year.
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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    that's the company i would like to go with, only problem is the amount of money you have to pay just to go with them.
    out of curiousity, what school did you go to in england? i have a few friends who are going up north to work at a boarding school next year.
    well like i said AYAD is a fully funded program so you won't have to pay for a single thing and your safety is probaby much better with them since they are a government organisation. most of their intakes are for graduates so after you're done with uni AYAD should be the first thing you look at.

    remember, free:
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    or if you really want to start helping people right away, go on St Vincent's Night PAtrol in the city. basically it's just providing catering services to sydney's homeless community and just having talk with them. i use to volunteer here a lot during school, on school nights as well. you'll be working with adult volunteers so they'll look out for you if anything goes wrong (nothing will go wrong though) and plus the homeless guys are all very decent, good manners, nice, some are also very smart, good to talk to. patrols run every night but you get rostered so you might only do it once a month, ask if your school participates in it, a lot do. when i did it i did it through my own means which meant i could pretty much work any night i wanted when the numbers were down so that was most days.

    if you do go on this, the city like this looks absolutely amazing. one thing that will blow you're mind if you decide to go on full rounds is when you stop at the Mtthew Talbot hostel, opposite the entrance is a large brick wall, and on each is the signature of almost every hjomeless person in sydney. it's absolutely beautiful

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    hahahahaha. that made me laugh quite a bit (out loud)

    nah, girls at abbotsleigh who go on gaps tend to go to england to work at a boarding school. i couldn't think of anything worse, leaving school and then having to go back to a school environment again.
    i would love to do some aid work or teaching in a developing country, but my parents want me to go to a developed country seeing as it is my first travel experience by myself - so no africa, south america, middle east or india .

    so i'm thinking i want to go to the US or canada to work at a camp.
    The whole middle England boarding school thing is endemic in all private schools. After spending 6-12 years in such a protected and (usually) conservative environment, why would you immediately want to dive back into it upon acquisition of freedom? I don't understand my peers.

    From my skimming of the thread it looks like you're very keen on going to the developing world and helping out, which sounds amazing, however I'll still contribute my idea.

    Which is couchsurfing. CouchSurfing - Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch At A Time
    You may already know about it, it's been called "facebook with a purpose", where you basically go sleep on randoms' couches, or beds, etc. I am buying my flights on Wednesday for a round-the-world trip where I'll spend a large chunk of my time doing exactly that. Me and friends did it in Sydney in October (I'm from tassie) and it was amazing, instead of waddling along the tourist track doing the tourist things with the other tourists you delve straight into local life. We got invited to a USYD house party and got told off amazing zine and art festivals and little bookshops and we cooked for them and played board games into the wee hours and shared stories and its so amazing.

    Rant and a half.
    Sleeping Around is suggested reading. About a guy who did a round the world trip Couchsurfing. Its V funny.

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    lol only a guy from Tazzy would have so much fun playing board games into the late hours at i'm guessing 8pm?

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    that's the company i would like to go with, only problem is the amount of money you have to pay just to go with them.
    out of curiousity, what school did you go to in england? i have a few friends who are going up north to work at a boarding school next year.
    i was down in the southwest of england...

    It wasnt that much you had to pay them - the majority of the costs were plane, insurance, visa, police check and accommodation for the orientation.

    Its a good time

    and yes you can go with AYAD but as has been said they want graduates with specific skill sets, meaning you will still have to finish university, and have skill sets in certain areas to go....

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by philphie View Post
    lol only a guy from Tazzy would have so much fun playing board games into the late hours at i'm guessing 8pm?
    How about you just ignore my entire post and say something not useful/funny at all.

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    haha i'm just having fun mate. i've already given my 2 cents to the OP.

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    Sorry i was having sex with my 1st cousin and didn't read your post properly.

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    lol that's the spirit

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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by yoddle View Post
    The whole middle England boarding school thing is endemic in all private schools. After spending 6-12 years in such a protected and (usually) conservative environment, why would you immediately want to dive back into it upon acquisition of freedom? I don't understand my peers.

    From my skimming of the thread it looks like you're very keen on going to the developing world and helping out, which sounds amazing, however I'll still contribute my idea.

    Which is couchsurfing. CouchSurfing - Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch At A Time
    You may already know about it, it's been called "facebook with a purpose", where you basically go sleep on randoms' couches, or beds, etc. I am buying my flights on Wednesday for a round-the-world trip where I'll spend a large chunk of my time doing exactly that. Me and friends did it in Sydney in October (I'm from tassie) and it was amazing, instead of waddling along the tourist track doing the tourist things with the other tourists you delve straight into local life. We got invited to a USYD house party and got told off amazing zine and art festivals and little bookshops and we cooked for them and played board games into the wee hours and shared stories and its so amazing.

    Rant and a half.
    Sleeping Around is suggested reading. About a guy who did a round the world trip Couchsurfing. Its V funny.
    That sounds like an awesome idea!
    Wouldn't it be quite unsettling if you're going to be staying with people that you've never actually met in person?
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    Re: Gap Year

    Gap years are not good if you don't have some definite plans for it. In my case it's more than a year, I'm not studying coz I have some settlement issues. The things are not going well here.
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    Re: Gap Year

    Quote Originally Posted by nhoustonrocks View Post
    That sounds like an awesome idea!
    Wouldn't it be quite unsettling if you're going to be staying with people that you've never actually met in person?
    Probably. But if I wanted to be 'settled' i would have gone straight to uni. The whole point is adventure! Although yeah it is a bit scary, what if the people are really awkward or annoying? Also my sense of humour does NOT translate into any language, i have discovered.

    It's booked! Argh. 5 and a half months in Europe and then two and a half weeks in San Francisco/N.W. United States. So excited but also shitscared that i won't have enough money despite money saved on accommodation.

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    A gap year can be such a rewarding experience, particularly if you use your time to complete an internship in a field that you're interested in working in, or volunteer overseas!

    Have you seen our website, www.schooliesandbeyond.com before? A lot of people are interested in taking time off and having a gap year before university/college, and we've booked some fantastic adventures for people this year (everything from teaching English in Cambodia to attending the Oktoberfest in Germany and skiing in Europe!), so if you would ever like to discuss YOUR goals, feel free to contact us!


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