Gap Years Rebranded as "Bridge Years"

Written by  May 12, 2013

Win a volunteer trip to Kenya and study abroad safety: the latest news in work, study and volunteer abroad.

Volunteer Abroad News

• “Luxury voluntourism” might seem like an oxymoron, but this Forbes article has a round-up of five ways to give back “without sacrificing comfort.”

The Huffington Post offers five questions to ask to ensure that voluntourism programs are “for" people rather than something that volunteers do “to" people.

Study Abroad News

Abroad 101, a website dedicated to study abroad programs, is seeking a buyer after downsizing.

Brazil aims to send 101,000 students to study abroad by 2015. But critics say the goal is unachievable and that the focus should be on quality of education and research produced—not the quantity of students sent overseas.

• Students headed abroad are realizing that there is more to prepartion than paperwork—your wardrobe might need an overhaul as well, particularly for female students.

• Study abroad safety has been a focus for educators this year and the publication of Amanda Knox’s memoirs is bringing this issue to the forefront once again.

Work Abroad News

• HSBC’s 2013 Expat Explorer survey has now opened.

New research is demonstrating that the majority of UK expats choose to move abroad “indefinitely”—and the majority of Brit find that they’re “much happier” in France.

How to leverage your gap year experience with prospective employers.

• Life in the UAE offers a promise of higher salaries and tax-free living. However, for many working abroad, an increased income doesn’t necessarily mean greater savings.

• China is using career fairs to attract expats. However, that doesn't mean it's easy to land a job.

Required Reading

• Canadian Aid Spending: The National Post’s graphic of where Canada’s sends five billion in aid money annually.

The reason why some educators are starting to rebrand gap years as “bridge years.”

• An entirely different kind of gap year; train hopping is documented in photos.

• Must Listen: A Guide to Finding Work Abroad

Contests & Opportunities

• Win a volunteer trip to Kenya in Microsoft’s Spark for Change competition. Deadline is May 24.

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Jessica Lockhart

Contributing Editor

Although Jessica has travelled to more than 30 countries, her favorite place to throw down her bag is still her hometown of Cold Lake, Alberta. A freelance journalist, Jess has worked for international development organizations and tour operators. She’s conducted workshops in Vanuatu, perfected the use of a satellite phone in the jungles of Guyana and supervised teenage pool parties in the Dominican Republic. Although she's based in Toronto, Jess works remotely from all around the world.

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