A Gap Year usually conjures up images of students who either wish to defer their place at university or simply know they need to get out into the world first before possibly returning to education later. In an ideal world, everyone would be able to have a 'gap year' from their usual life, just to discover things about themselves and others in a timeframe that is far less demanding and slightly 'unnatural' in terms of everything we think we 'have to do'.
We also know, having previously visited numerous stands at Education Fairs or other exhibitions, that some organisations will charge a fortune to offer you anything between 2 weeks to 5 months in a 'developing country' to do some 'voluntouring' (touring with a conscience). The problem with this is that so much is lost in personalising the experience, not just for you, but for those who are meant to benefit. As discussed in 'Volunteering' on our site, it appears to have become a slightly commercialised industry.
If you find yourself in the lucky position of having some TIME, MONEY and a strong desire to do something different, then please get in touch with us. We're not going to use the language of 'give something back' because, to be honest; whether in the UK, USA, Sweden, France, Australia, Malawi... we should apply this to our normal, everyday lives. Unless you have a particularly guilty conscience for the serious lack of social justice in the world, the best thing you can actually do is get out into the world, live and SEE things for yourself. Then, perhaps use your own creativity and absorb the experiences to use in your every day life. This is what we feel people can get from each other. This is not about an 'us' giving to 'them'.