As students receive their A level results today, and look forward to starting their time at University, tens of thousands¹ will look to take some time out for travelling or a Gap Year.
Volunteering abroad is a popular choice for many ‘gappers’, from sports coaching or assisting in a local school, to conservation and construction, these activities often shape people’s travel plans.
There are lots of things people need to think about in order to make sure that they find a project which is a positive experience for volunteers and, most importantly, the host community. To help volunteers ABTA has published five tips for planning a volunteering trip:
Nikki White, ABTA Director of Destinations and Sustainability, said:
“Thousands of young people will head off on their gap year over the next twelve months and many of them will be looking to put this time to good use by volunteering. It is very important that students use the services of a reputable company, which will ensure that they have the appropriate training and supervision whilst overseas. Volunteering can provide unforgettable experiences and make a very real difference for local communities but it can also lead to intense disappointment or in some cases do actual harm if it is not managed properly, so it is incredibly important that you take your time and do thorough research before committing to a project.”
ABTA is also providing gappers with practical advice to help them have a safe and enjoyable year out:
For further information, contact:
Sean Tipton Media Relations Manager Tel : 020 3117 0513
Muireann Kirby, Senior Media Relations Executive, 020 3117 0531
Out of Hours: Contact the Duty Press Officer via pager: 07623 951 339
Notes to Editors
¹UCAS - In 2017 31,095 deferred entry to university.
²Martin Punaks (Lumos). 18 July 2017. Exploiting children in orphanages recognised as trafficking. Anti-Slavery International. www.antislavery.org/orphanage-trafficking/.
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Families, Not Orphanages, John Williamson and Aaron Greenberg 31 Aug 2010
UNICEF’s Children’s Rights and Business Principles –
³ABTA collaborated with leading experts such as Unicef and Better Care Network to develop Volunteer Tourism Guidelines. The Guidelines recommend that companies move away from volunteer placements in orphanages.
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