Projects Abroad Prepares for the Global Gap Class of 2014-15
High School Graduates Eager to Travel Abroad Join Voluntary Service Projects in Developing Countries
NEW YORK – June 11, 2014 – Each year, increasing numbers of high school graduates across North America are choosing to postpone their college careers and participate in a gap year experience. A gap year gives students the space and freedom for personal growth and developing their interests, and volunteering is a popular option for those looking to make their year more worthwhile. The Global Gap program, run by international volunteer organization Projects Abroad, offers high school graduates an immersive international experience spanning three continents, five countries, and twelve different service opportunities.
During their months of service work, students dedicate their time and energy to supporting meaningful projects while they increase their awareness of the world. Projects Abroad offers a range of projects for Global Gap volunteers to participate in, so students can explore new fields and expand their interests and practical skills continuously over their year of traveling. From human rights in South Africa to marine conservation in Thailand, there is a project to suit every volunteer.
“Global Gap aims to provide a highly diverse volunteer experience, and that attracts a lot of students to the program,” says Terri Ball, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad USA. “Our 2013-14 group, which had eight students, returned recently and we already have applicants ready to take their place in the fall. The class of 2014-15 will be our biggest group to date with fourteen students taking part so far. It’s fantastic to see so many students using their gap year abroad for voluntary service in developing countries.”
The Global Gap itinerary includes:
Sept. 26 – Oct. 11, 2014 (2 weeks): Orientation & Care in Accra, Ghana
Oct. 12 – Dec. 13, 2014 (2 months): Building & Human Rights in Cape Town, South Africa
Dec. 14, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015: Winter Break
Jan. 4 – Mar. 7, 2015 (2 months): Teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Mar. 8 – April 11, 2015 (1 month): Choice of Service Projects in Kathmandu, Nepal
April 12 – May 9, 2015 (1 month): Diving and Marine Conservation in Krabi, Thailand
The Global Gap program fee is $29,995 which includes all food and housing, medical and travel insurance, airport pick-up and drop off in each destination, as well as 24-hour support from trained Projects Abroad staff. The fee also includes all required plane tickets, as well as various sightseeing tours and activities in each destination.
For more information, visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/gap-year
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.