FIVE OF THE BEST... GAP YEAR HOLIDAYS
Ben Hyde swots up on the best places to do something worthwhile while travelling.
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
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