COVER Dream hol­i­day: re­tire­ment spe­cial part 4

Whether you want a taste of ad­ven­ture or the trip of a life­time, here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know to ful­fil your travel dreams in re­tire­ment

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Take a grown-up gap year

Gap years are no longer just the pre­serve of the young, with more re­tirees choos­ing to work or vol­un­teer abroad and help­ing to make a dif­fer­ence while they see the world. Here are some of the op­tions you could con­sider for a re­tire­ment gap year:

■ The Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Over­seas (VSO) has vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties world­wide, from education projects in Africa to as­sist­ing with health­care in Thai­land, call 0208 780 7500 or visit www.vsoin­t­er­na­tional.org

■ Get paid to teach English around the world Take a Teach English as a For­eign Lan­guage (TEFL) qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the UK. To find your near­est TEFL course. Call 01349 800600 or visit www.tefl.org.uk

■ Write about your ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling for a mag­a­zine, pa­per, your own blog, web­site or a book. To pitch to a pub­li­ca­tion, look up its com­mis­sion­ing editor and send an idea of what you’ll write – you may even get paid. To start a

blog, set up a free site on www.wordpress.org or www.blog­ger.com

■ Oys­ter World­wide of­fers projects from con­serv­ing ele­phants in Sri Lanka to help­ing street chil­dren in In­dia. Call 01892 770771 or visit www.oys­ter­world­wide. com/projects/adult-gap-year

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