Benefits of a gap year abroad

A gap year is typically a year-long break before or after college/university. During the gap year, a student normally travels or maintains some type of regular work.

Is taking a gap something for you? That depends on your goals and how your gap year plan matches those goals.

There are so much different options for your gap year. You can travel the world, advance your career or find yourself.

Every gap year is different but some benefits that apply to every gap year.

Benefits of every gap year:

  1. Freedom/flexibility
    You are finally in control of your own life, you can choose your schedule based on your interests and goals

  2. Independence
    A gap year is a chance to be on your own and work on your independence, get to know yourself and step out of your comfort zone
  • Learning a language
    You can take language courses or improve your skills by just speaking a new language every day. Improving your language skills means you enrich your life and expand your career options.

  • Purpose in life
    A gap year is a chance to invest in yourself. Whatever it is you enjoy, a gap year is the chance to chase it with all of your heart.
  • Reflection
    Sometimes you feel like your life goes by so fast and you don’t have time to stop and reflect. Now is the time to figure out what you want.

How to prepare for a year abroad:

  1. Finances, save enough money for your time abroad.
  2. Health preparations such as vaccinations and malaria tablets.
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Documentations like a passport and visas.
  5. Tickets and accommodation.
  6. Spend your last weeks with family and friends.

Safety tips for a gap year abroad

  1. Pack only the essentials.
  2. Prepare and plan ahead before you arrive.
  3. Know where and how to get help.
  4. Don’t go out alone in the dark.
  5. Do research on the water and food standards of the visiting country.
  6. Respect the local culture.
  7. Know the risks of the destination country.

The benefits of a gap year are endless. The right gap year will meet your goals and help you accomplish the benefits you are looking for.

LTC offers gap-year options combining language courses, internships and official exam preparation. Contact us to start your adventure nowhttp://www.languageteachingcentre.com/contact/

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