Some good articles on the value of volunteering on gap years

I’m not really a Telegraph reader but came across this article about gap years and the value of doing something worthwhile, as opposed to purely travelling, when applying to university or for a job.
This also led me to another article on volunteering, written by Matt Lacey, the comedian who did the infamous “gap-yah” sketch!  He volunteered with i-to-i on one of their lion projects in South Africa, which I personally had felt quite dubious about, and which comes across on i-to-i’s website as spending your time cuddling cute lion cubs. This article has changed my view and helped me to see the value of this kind of project and the conservation impact. Perhaps i-to-i should use this in their marketing rather than the cute factor!



About natashastein

I'm interested in travel, learning about other countries and cultures, responsible tourism, environmental issues and wildlife. I like being outdoors and beautiful scenery can really move me and reinvigorate me. I enjoy walking and am planning to get a rescue dog to keep me company on my strolls. I also love to write stuff. I've set up my own website (, written blogs on topics I'm interested in and written various articles about volunteering overseas. I've always enjoyed writing in my previous jobs. I'm a bit of a creative all rounder - I can draw and make things. It's something I'd like to do more of! I love art and photography and go to exhibitions when I can. I am currently teaching English as a second language in Worcestershire, where I live. I have an eclectic career story. My professional background is in travel and tourism and the charity sector. I have worked for a major holiday company, specialist tour operator and coordinated a University alumni travel programme. Most recently I've worked for a Destination Management Organisation and local government tourism department focusing on promoting the Cotswolds primarily via social media. I also worked for VSO, the international development volunteering charity for 6 years as a Volunteer and Placement Adviser and have done bits and bobs of volunteering with different charities.
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