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The Gap Year Blog

The Gap Year Blog

It’s 2019. Women consistently outnumber men in higher education institutions around the world and the UK’s higher education admissions service UCAS revealed in 2018 that young women are 36 per cent more likely to apply to university than their male peers; you might be forgiven for thinking that the historic gender disparity of graduates (and consequently the disparity of that sweet, sweet cash) is at an end.

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It’s August 2016. I’m freshly eighteen, fresh out of school, with hot-off-the-press A-Level grades and a whole lot of pre-university dread burning a hole in my pocket. So far, so appropriately coming-of-age narrative.

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My adventure is just beginning - I'm already seven weeks in but feel like I'm only just scraping the surface of what this place has to offer. With each day being full of unexpected moments, unbelievable encounters and unforgettable memories...

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Meet Owen, Max, Esaa, and Ben, 4 environmental scientists from the University of Liverpool who have been volunteering for the past 2 weeks here in Tenerife. Here’s what they had to say:

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Throughout the whole of my early teenage life, I dreamt of escaping my tiny Italian village and exploring the world. I took any chance I had to meet people from other countries and learn about what life was like outside of my social bubble. I always felt like my village was too small for me and I needed to experience how life was in other places.

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At the end of a busy week, myself and 8 other volunteers decided that we would rent a car to access the north of Tenerife, so that we could enjoy it in all its glory without worrying about the burden of bus schedules. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of the southern Tenerife, the Anaga rural park is the perfect place to unwind and bask in all its natural beauty.

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On 20th October 2018, gunmen shot dead nine sugarcane farmers and burned down their tents on the Philippine island of Negros. The victims, who included three women, and two teenagers, were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers and were occupying a plot of land at the centre of a longstanding regional land dispute.

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Having completed her BA in English Literature at Oxford University, Laura Smith, 20, joined the Frontier team in July 2019. Passionate about travel and the opportunity it brings for creative storytelling, Laura is Marketing’s resident Online Journalism Intern.

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Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Including the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon, it is rich in rare and endangered species.

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You've got the reusable cup, the bamboo toothbrush and the recycling bin. You might think you're pretty set. Think again. Whether you're an eco-queen or not very green- we have the quiz for you! Challenge yourself- how sustainable are you?

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