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Reported by on 21st July 2017

The 6 top gap year fears dispelled

The 6 top gap year fears dispelled

If you’re thinking about taking a gap year, it’s only natural to have a few questions about what to expect and how it will impact your future. After all, it’s one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – decision you will have made in your life so far. We’ve taken on 6 of the most common questions asked by gappers and explained how you can make sure you’re prepared for taking on this exciting and truly life-changing adventure....

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Trending this year – check out our top 10 programmes

Looking for gap trip inspiration? Take a look at our 10 most popular programmes over the last year. Where will your adventure take you?   Healthcare Volunteering We launched our amazing Healthcare Volunteering programme in Kenya in 2011 and since then over 175 dedicated healthcare professionals have travelled with us, helping to deliver essential medical care to over 27,000 people. We have had so much support for this incredible programme, we’ve launched an additional departure date in 2018. If you...

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Reported by on 26th June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Our Kenya volunteers have had an exciting start to their African adventure. We've been catching up with them about what they've been up to since arriving in Camp Tsavo - check out their blog below. On arrival at the airport we were introduced to a Camps International team member who led us to the others who had already arrived. We gave our own introductions at the airport and got to know each other whilst waiting for a few more team...

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Reported by on 23rd June 2017

When is the perfect time to take a gap year?

When is the perfect time to take a gap year?

Whether you choose to take a gap year before or after going to university, or enjoy a gap trip without taking a whole year out, you can be sure it’s going to be a life-changing and extremely rewarding experience. Taking time out of your studies or before starting work is a big decision, and it’s important to think about the time that works best for you. There’s no right or wrong answer and your situation, priorities and feelings will be...

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The Camps Effect: Our impact on healthcare and sanitation

Access to basic healthcare and hygienic toilets and washing facilities is something many of us take for granted – but it is still a huge problem faced by billions of people in some of the poorest and most remote communities in the world. It is estimated that proper facilities for water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths*. We work closely with local communities in Africa,...

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Reported by on 22nd July 2016

Gap programmes with real impact

Gap programmes with real impact

Every one of our Gap programmes offers a real and authentic cultural experience. Living in camps alongside local people you will immerse yourself in rural village life. We operate across 3 continents, in 8 countries and on over 100 humanitarian projects at any one time. Our promise is to commit long term to being a part of the community. Every project we start, we finish, without compromise. As a social enterprise we have philanthropic objectives at our heart. We tackle...

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Reported by on 21st July 2016

Take on the world with Camps

Take on the world with Camps

Taking a gap year is becoming a more and more popular option - even Presidential daughters are taking up the trend. It’s an opportunity to travel, see the world, be part of a different community and have a real impact on the lives of those in need. Whether you take a month or a year, what you do in your gap can help to shape your future. We all know people around the world are currently facing huge and varied challenges....

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Reported by Kat on 01st July 2016

The benefits of taking a gap year

The benefits of taking a gap year

92% of students choosing a gap year do so to gain life experience* – What would you like yours to be? It’s easy to dismiss or underestimate the true value of taking a gap year, an experience which will stay with you and potentially change your outlook on life forever. There are no set rules to taking a gap year; although we call them ‘Gap years’ the timescales of these trips usually vary from a few weeks to months, or...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 21st June 2016

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

A quick update from our Gappers in Kenya .... Thirteen volunteers arrived at Camp Muhaka and the surroundings are absolutely beautiful; the Camp and the staff were all prepared for our arrival, we had a very warm welcome from everyone! We all got unpacked and showered ready for our first night in Camp, getting to know each other and going for a wander through the village. Meeting the locals, seeing the school and viewing the house which we would be working...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 16th May 2016

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

'A Change is as good as a rest ' Said Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930); One of the biggest commitment of Camps International is to institute positive change in Africa, particularly to the less fortunate communities by providing the suitable environment for pupil's learning; through improving of Educational infrastructures and facilities of schools that are settled in the remote areas  and that receive limited or none financial support from the respective government institution. The Sasenyi Primary School is Situated in...

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Reported by Hannah on 11th April 2016

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Gap-year programmes are changing the way U.S. students and their families think about the path to a college education. In response to an increase in American students taking gap-years and recognition that such experiences have a positive impact on their achievement; a team of leading education and gap-year experts have joined together to support a trusted accreditation organisation, the American Gap Association (AGA). The AGA, who are recognised by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, are...

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Reported by Mel on 21st March 2016

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Kampung (meaning village) Timbang Batu is located  approximately 2 KM radius or 4.5km by road from Camp Tinangol. There are about 500 estimated population in this Rungus community. 2013, was the year when we first visited this village through our local relations from Tinangol after an informal invitation. Like all of our permanent camps we took time to get to know our neighbours in building a long lasting relationship. On our initial visits to Timbang Batu, we were introduced to...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 17th March 2016

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Earlier February 2016 we moved from Camp Tsavo, Kenya to Tanzania our third Camp Kidia! It is an amazing Camp located 1800 meters up Mt Kilimanjaro, nestled in coffee farms, banana and mango trees. To acquaint ourselves, we were taken for a village tour. We walked to the Fumvhu local primary school where we were informed by our leader that we will help refurbishing a classroom wall and floor. The road had steep hills and as we walk down we...

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Reported by Keely on 16th March 2016

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

So, as some of you know I work for Camps on the independent travel team, part of my role consists of helping people find their perfect trip and ensuring they are ready before jetting off. I look after the South America region and liaise quite heavily with our teams in Peru and Ecuador. This February I was lucky enough to journey overseas to Ecuador to meet our teams, our camps, projects and the regions we work in. I have done...

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Reported by on 15th March 2016

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Hola! On 26th February 2016 I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to jet off to Peru for 10 days – here is a brief overview of what I got up to! 3 flights later and I finally arrived in to the sprawling city of Arequipa – Peru’s second most populous city with just under 900,000 inhabitants. I was very lucky with the weather whilst I was there with the stunning Misti volcano which towers over the city,...

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