Due to the tripling of United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) higher education institution tuition fees in 2012, there has been a massive surge of people applying for a place at one of the universities.
According to Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) statistics, there have been almost 600,000 applicants this year, — the highest amount ever! The sad news is that around one third (180,000) of these university hopefuls will be disappointed come August 18th on results day.
It’s not only students who have got it tough at the moment, people in employment as well are facing wage cuts, hour cuts or redundancy / layoffs.
If you find yourself in this position — whether you’re in the UK or somewhere else in the world — and need a new direction or a career break to gain a new perspective, then why not consider travelling abroad and using your skills to volunteer abroad?
Volunteering abroad encompasses a whole variety of opportunities for people looking for a new challenge. The more common ideas of volunteering are centered on working in orphanages, teaching English or helping out with relief efforts. These are all worthwhile causes.
However, volunteering can also provide great work experience and help you to apply your skills to help others along the development pathway. There are lots of volunteer opportunities in a wide range of projects such as journalism, photography, marketing, business skills, IT and computer training, environment and conservation,health (including health care, education and research) and social work to name a few.
Sound interesting? A number of leading United Kingdom travel and volunteering organisations — including Kaya Volunteer and many others – have banded together to put on The Big Gap Year Show on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The University of London’s Student Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY in London, England.
All are welcome, so spread the word about this fantastic free event. All of the organizations look forward to seeing you there and visiting with you about the opportunities they have that can inspire you and provide ideas for what to do next. So come and meet them in person to discuss your options if you’re in the area! If you’re not, check out all the awesome volunteer opportunities on GoAbroad’s extensive searchable database directory.
GoAbroad thanks our friends at Kaya Volunteer for sharing this information with us so that we can share it with you!