Picture this: You’re on a super exciting adventure abroad. Checking out all the top sights, tasting exotic dishes, mingling with locals, experiencing all the best activities – and you’re getting paid to do it too! Say what? We’re not kidding. Take a Gap Year in 2018 and go on a working overseas holiday where you get to see the world and score some bucks on the side. Go for a few months or stay the whole year − either way you’ll come back to SA with some awesome stories and a whole new outlook on life.
Kick back at Summer Camp USA
Skip the chilly SA winter and head to summer camp in the US of A. From May to August every year, thousands of kids spend the school holidays at summer camps across the USA – and you could too! Sign up as a Camp Instructor and you’ll get to help out with all sorts of fun activities. Make s’mores and sing songs around the campfire. Teach the kids archery, golf and tennis, go swimming, get crafty, play games and so much more. You’ll also get to hang out with plenty of other instructors from all over the world – you might even find a new BFF to travel with after camp. Perks include free accommodation and tasty meals, a cash salary paid out at the end of camp, medical insurance and 30 days to travel in the US. Heck yeah!
Au Pair with flair
If you love kids as much as you love to travel, then this one’s for you! Au Pair for a family in the US or Netherlands and live like a local for a year. Soak up the culture, tuck into authentic home cooking, kick back with the fam, take care of the kids and feel right at home – all while still getting to explore the best parts of Holland and the US. From babysitting, picking up the kids from school and helping with homework to having loads of fun with them in between, you’ll get to be their awesome big sibling for a year. All of the families are fully screened before you go, so you can be sure your new home is super safe. Not to mention a whole bunch of benefits thrown into the mix, like a study allowance, free accommodation, health insurance, paid leave, a weekly salary and more.
Get busy at a Kibbutz
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to earn your keep at a cool community Kibbutz in Israel. For three to six months, you’ll get to work with locals and other volunteers in a thriving village where everything is shared and everyone is part of the big picture. Learn all about the local culture and religion, go on fun field trips, and get some great work experience. But most of all, make fantastic new friends. You won’t have to look far, over 400 000 volunteers from all over the world choose the kibbutz life. Get your hands dirty on the farm, work in a factory or practice your hospitality skills at a tour centre. In case you’re wondering, you don’t need any special skills to get involved. You’ll learn all the tricks of the trade as you go. Enjoy free accommodation and food, chill out in the social spaces and earn a neat weekly stipend to spend on exciting experiences.
Volunteer in Asia
Want to make a real difference while you travel? Earn some serious karma points with a volunteer trip to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. If you’ve got a soft spot for people in need, animal rescue, orphaned children, the mentally challenged, nursing or any other worthy cause, you’ll find a way to make a difference on your working holiday in Asia. Whatever your interests, you’ll be matched to a place that could really use your help in a safe, organised environment. Not only will you get to practice your skills, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to go on action-packed adventures and sightseeing excursions with your volunteer group. Accommodation and food are included, all you have to do is open your heart and lend a helping hand. There’s nothing more rewarding and life-changing than this.
If unforgettable travel experiences and spare cash sound like a great combo to you, contact a friendly Flight Centre travel expert today. We’ll help you sort out all the small print stuff, including visas, travel and accommodation in no time. In the meantime, you can read some more about our Gap Year offers.