It can be hard to know where to start when planning a gap year and many students find it easier to use a gap year company that provides them with a programme.
But choosing which company to go with could be the biggest hurdle you come across before you can start your gap year. Whether you want to stay in the UK or go abroad there are hundreds of companies and programmes to choose from.
Here are some of the key elements to consider for a good gap year programme:
Our biggest tip is to choose a reputable company that offers a highly regarded programme. Having a well-known company on your CV could really impress future employers.
We shouldn’t have to say this but if a company has mostly negative reviews, steer well clear!
When considering a gap year you need to put your safety first and any good gap year company will ensure you can contact someone at any time of the day or night in the event of an emergency.
Lost passports, illness, injury, or natural disasters could all turn your dream gap year into a nightmare so you need to know there’s someone on the end of the phone to help you whenever you need them.
A gap year is a great opportunity to make new friends but if you find yourself in a group that’s too big or too small you might not have the experience you were expecting.
Group sizes are usually advertised so make sure the company sticks with what they’ve told you.
Find out exactly what you’ll be getting in terms of food and accommodation. Some companies’ offer a full board package and others only give you suggestions about where to stay.
If you’d prefer the freedom of organising your own meals and rooms at least make sure you have somewhere to stay for the first few nights of your trip before you leave.