For all you people who have decided to take a gap year – planning it may possibly be the hardest but most rewarding part of it. It’s ultimately going to lead you to places you’ve never been before, never experienced or explored; it’s definitely worth the effort and time.
Since I’m just beginning my gap year, I thought I’d make a post on how I’ve planned mine so far, and then I shall also make an updated blog post once I have ended my gap year, to give advise about my planning process and what went well/not so well.
My Gap Year Plan:
September – December
A volunteering internship at WaterAid
I have just started as an Internal Communications and Learning Volunteer, which so far, has been amazing. The people working there are so lovely, and it is so rewarding to work with those who can appreciate what I do. By that I mean current global issues, NGO work, charities, fundraising, global warming; the list just goes on. I am so excited to be working there.
December/January – May/June
Travel to Japan
This is where my adventure will really begin. I will be travelling to Japan for roughly 5 months and staying with family, working, volunteering, exploring, learning, and so much more.
June – September
Volunteering with ICS
Although not completely confirmed yet, I will hopefully be volunteering abroad with ICS – a government-funded volunteering programme for those in the UK. I am excited as to where this adventure will take me!
I know this has made it seem simple, and for those of you perhaps comparing it to your own gap year, every gap year is wonderful in it’s own way! It’s not always going to be the same, but that is the point of a gap year – to explore the things that you’re excited and passionate about! For me, that thing is volunteering. Knowing that you’ve made a difference, even if it’s small, is the most rewarding experience for me. So that’s what I’m doing.
“Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.” – Chbosky