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Tag Archives: gap year

‘Time well spent’

‘if you can do even a little bit of good and try and help those that are less fortunate it’s time very well spent’ Landing in Lima I honestly had no idea what to expect of what my time in Villa Maria was going to be like. The initial shock of the conditions that these […]

Alex’s story, Villa Maria 2018

‘…but this feeling, for me, was more motivating and personally rewarding than anything I have done in my life to this point’ Spending five weeks working in a shanty town on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, is not for everybody looking to take a gap year. However, if you are a person that wants to […]

Carlos and Juan- their story

These puma cub brothers are called Juan and Carlos. They were brought into the care of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), the leading wildlife conservation group in Bolivia, in 2008. It cannot be stressed strongly enough how sad this photo is. These babies (3-4 months in the photo above) should be with their mother for […]

Top 5 highlights on the Andean Expedition 2018

Top 5 highlights on the Andean Expedition 2018  Spaces available now. 1. Trek to Machu Picchu? CHECK. A visit to the once-lost Incan city is high up on many bucket lists however that feeling of catching that first glipse of sunlight breaking the swirling mist after a demanding 3 day trek sends shivers down the spines. […]

Yellow brick road

Volunteer Ellie writes about her impact and impressions of the Villa Maria Project: I may not have arrived there on the back of a house, free-falling through a tornado, but I’ve never identified more with The Wizard of Oz than the moment I stepped off the plane at Lima, ahead of spending six weeks volunteering in […]

Autumn Exped: Ice Climbing & Death Road!

Week 7 Team Update Our South America Autumn Exped team kick-started their expedition phase by tackling icy vertical drops on Huayna Potosi and mountain biking down one of the most dangerous roads in the world, Bolivia’s infamous Yungas North Road, or ‘El Camino de la Muerte’ (The Death Road) to locals. Check out their week in photos: […]

Ethical Volunteering – 5 top tips

Want to make a difference during your trip abroad? Making sure you choose a project that makes a real positive impact can be tricky. Read on for 5 things to look out for in your search of a truly ethical volunteering experience… Partners – Does the volunteer organisation collaborate with local project partners? Are the local community […]

Can travelling lead to work?

6 Reasons that travel can make you more employable Final exams are coming to an end – or have already ended if you’re lucky enough! – and so many of you may be wondering “what shall I do with my newfound freedom?” Travelling and seeing a new part of the world can be a great […]