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!