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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Too Old for a Student Exchange? Try a YFU Gap Year Program

Did you go on a student exchange in secondary school, and want to go back already? Maybe you always wanted to go on exchange and now you regret not doing it while you had the chance? Don’t worry, because there are other options!

Several YFU countries offer a ‘gap year’ or post-secondary school program, where you can travel overseas to volunteer when you’re over the age of 18. In many Western countries, students will take a year off between finishing secondary school and starting university, or a year off after finishing university, and often use this as an opportunity to work and travel. Many volunteer programs will also be great experience for future job or university applications.

If you want to travel but are too old for a student exchange program, we have a few ideas for you!

Table Mountain from the Cape Town waterfront (source)
South Africa

South Africa have a need for volunteers in many community projects, and YFU South Africa collaborate with various not-for-profit organizations around the country, who are dependent on volunteer commitments to be able to complete their work.

The different programs include projects such as animal care, working in community centers assisting with orphaned children or people affected by HIV, or working in biodiversity and conservation. These projects will provide you with a great foundation to start a career in teaching, working with young people or working on community development.

To participate in any of the volunteer projects, you need to speak fluent English, and in some cases be prepared to learn an indigenous language (usually Afrikaans), depending on the region where you work. The program cost covers medical and travel insurance, orientations with YFU, and all meals and accommodation. You will need to cover the cost of your flights to and from South Africa.

For project profiles and more information, click here. If you are interested in participating, contact the local YFU organization in your home country!

Thippasandra Main Rd, Indira Nagar (source)

YFU India is offering an opportunity to live in northern India for nine months as a teacher. You will be placed in a private school and provided with accommodation, board and a small monthly stipend. While there, you will teach for four hours a day, five days a week (including Saturday).

The candidates for teaching positions must be fluent in English, experienced in working with high school students, and able to teach French, German or Spanish at a beginner’s level, and able to teach arts (such as photography, theatre, or music).

You will be required to pay for your own travel insurance. For more information, click here or contact inbound@yfuindia.org.

These are not the only gap year programs available—many YFU countries offer short- and long-term volunteer programs, and we suggest you check out countries you are interested in through yfu.org. For more information, you can also contact the YFU organization in your home country!

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