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The Gap Year Blog

The Gap Year Blog

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He has climbed the 19,974 feet high Huayna Potosi in Bolivia, has witnessed the disastrous extends of plastic pollution and climate change first-hand and is currently on his second world travel tour since 2016. Chris Wilpert has been all over South and Central America as well as Asia and South East Asia. At the moment he is in North America and does not think of settling soon. Into The Wild Meets spoke with Chris about his adventures, life as a digital nomad, volunteer experience and how he deals with the information overload from seeing so many different things and places.

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Satisfy your inner wanderlust and break out your daily routine. Sabbaticals, also known as adult gap years, enjoy growing popularity amongst professionals. No wonder, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that allows working people to go on an extended period away from work without losing employment. A sabbatical does not just have to be a yearlong vacation – even though without any doubt that is great as well – it can be an active pursuit of purpose that enriches your life.

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When the government announced a climate emergency earlier this year, the work of Extinction Rebellion was just beginning. Following mass protests in London where activists glued themselves to the entrance of the London Stock Exchange, staged die-ins on busy roads around the capital and chained themselves to Jeremy Corbyn’s home, the government formally addressed the emergency.

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Light pollution does not only cost us our night-time, but it is also adversely affecting our environment, our energy consumption and our health. Only 1 out of 50 UK residents can see a spectacularly starry and clear night sky. The artificial light that we surround us with impairs our view of the universe and blinds us – literally.

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Getting in touch with wildlife is often the highlight of every holiday or volunteering programme. But wildlife watching mostly focuses on iconic and endangered species such as whales, tigers, sloths, polar or panda bears. Swimming with manta rays or riding on elephants – Our desire to get close to animals so strong and fuelled by social media images that, when we see a tiger cub being fed with a flask by a tourist, we don’t question where its mother is.

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Wok shadowing is a great opportunity to gain insights into a company or a career field of interest and to observe professionals at work. It surely helps you to get a better understanding of the role. To maximise your work shadow experience, you should actively take part in it. It could also give you chances for a good reference or even lead to an internship. But no one remembers a mere shadow.

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Travelling solo is one of life’s great adventures. The freedom to go where you want, when you want, and do everything on your own timetable and schedule. If you’re planning to venture out on your own soon and you’re going to try some solo travel yourself in 2019 - you might be wondering where the best places to visit are. Of course, it depends on the kind of trip you’re looking for, and what kind of adventures you want to have.

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“Take only pictures, leave only bubbles” is a common diver saying which proves itself true – every single time. But I have seen beginners go hand over hand along on coral reefs touching every coral. Do not touch the corals. Ever. That is one basic diving rule you cannot stress enough. Maybe you are a diving beginner or interested in becoming one. Then that’s for you: Five tips – or almost rules – on how you become a responsible diver and can have a worthwhile experience.

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If you’re planning to spend time abroad either before university, in-between school years, or after you’ve graduated – You might be considering volunteering or interning abroad. Both options can offer amazing personal growth opportunities as well as being memorable and character forming too.

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Over 75,000 British wildlife lovers visit Tanzania every year lead by the wish to see the stunning “Big 5” – Cape Buffalo, Elephants, Leopards, Lions, and Rhinos – up close or to witness the annual great migration in which thousands of those beautiful creatures make their way from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of water and green grass. No wonder, it is so famous. Tanzania is one of the best spots to do a safari and ranked high on the world travel bucket list with its 16 national parks, three-game reserves and two marine reserves.

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