FIVE OF THE BEST... GAP YEAR HOL­I­DAYS

Ben Hyde swots up on the best places to do some­thing worth­while while trav­el­ling.

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CANADA

Ski lovers have the chance to earn money in a pre-ar­ranged job with plenty of free time for hit­ting the slopes in this work-and-ski Canada win­ter pro­gram. Priced from $645 a per­son, land only, the pro­gram in­cludes sub­sidised staff ac­com­mo­da­tion or ac­com­mo­da­tion as­sis­tance, a se­cured job and the first night ac­com­mo­da­tion upon ar­rival. A pre­de­par­ture party, a com­pre­hen­sive pre-screen and in­ter­view coach­ing, and an in­ter­na­tional call­ing card with credit are also in­cluded. Book­ings are open un­til Au­gust, with the sea­son run­ning from Oc­to­ber un­til De­cem­ber. De­tails Flight Cen­tre, ph 1300 939 414 or stu­dent­flights.com.au

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ZIM­BABWE 3

UNITED KING­DOM

Pull pints at a tra­di­tional coun­try pub on this spe­cialised pro­gram which lines you up with a job be­fore you leave Aus­tralia. Earn 180-220 pounds each week for a min­i­mum of three months, and stay in share ac­com­mo­da­tion with fel­low trav­ellers. Prices start from $495 a per­son, land only, and in­clude a guar­an­teed job in the UK, highly-sub­sidised shared ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals, and on-the-job train­ing. A UK Work­ing Hol­i­day Visa is not in­cluded. The pro­gram runs through­out the year. De­tails Stu­dent Flights, ph 1800 069 063 or stu­dent­flights.com.au

4 Be­come more than a tourist and preMake a real dif­fer­ence to lo­cal lives serve a unique cor­ner of Africa in this on a seven-day vol­un­teer pro­gram 10-day con­ser­va­tion tour of Hwange where you help at a vil­lage school Na­tional Park, one of Africa’s great wildlife and with com­mu­nity vis­its. Based in the vil­lage sanc­tu­ar­ies. The tour gives an ed­u­ca­tional of Pu­ma­marca, vol­un­teers work to­gether to in­sight into the re­gion and the chance to supim­prove ed­u­ca­tion and health stan­dards. port nu­mer­ous con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. From Priced from $980 a per­son, land only, the $2285 a per­son, land only, which in­cludes pack­age in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion in a famac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, guides and trans­port. ily home, meals, trans­port and a do­na­tion. The tour de­parts twice monthly dur­ing 2010. Travel dates are flex­i­ble and the tour can be De­tails Phil Hoff­mann Travel, ph 1800 632 or­gan­ised to suit your plans. 372 or pht.com.au De­tails King William Travel, ph 8212 2132 or

kwt.com.au Mix the tourist and vol­un­teer as­pect of a hol­i­day to­gether dur­ing a 14-day tour of In­dia. As part of the pack­age, you will par­tic­i­pate in a five-day com­mu­nity project in Ra­jasthan fo­cused on stamp­ing out child labour through a com­bi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tion. You can spend the re­main­ing time ex­plor­ing the coun­try as a tourist. The pack­age is priced from $1319 a per­son, twin share, plus a lo­cal pay­ment of about $270. Travel dates are flex­i­ble. De­tails King William Travel, ph 8212 2132 or kwt.com.au

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