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The benefits of a professional gap year

There are plenty of reasons to take a year out, and if you are thinking of taking the plunge then a professional gap year is a great idea. You can enhance your skills, build your CV and get the experience of a lifetime all in one. You can read about the benefits of a professional gap year below, including getting the chance to live like a native and experience different cultures.

Enhance your professional skill set and gain new ones

Travelling broadens the mind and, if you’re working when you travel, it can broaden your skill set too. You’ll meet plenty of like-minded professionals on a work placement and will be put in situations you’re probably not that familiar with. This will allow you to share fresh ideas and learn new techniques as you go.

Gain work experience in an international environment

Not only will you be able to pick up new skills, you’ll also be adding to your CV. Working abroad is something that prospective employers will look for and be impressed by, as it shows you are prepared to challenge yourself. When you work abroad you also demonstrate that you are ambitious and want to develop, both of which are desirable skills in the work place.

Experience a different culture on a daily basis

A professional work placement is not just about the specifics of the project. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the culture of a new country. You might be heading to Asia, Africa, the Caribbean or some other far-flung destination and by doing so you get the chance to live life like a local.

Explore a country like a native

You’ll have plenty of downtime during your placement, so take advantage and get out exploring. This will enhance any trip so, wherever you go, make sure you make the most of it by seeing as much as you can.

Travel around the country and beautiful surrounding areas

If you’re planning on taking a professional gap year make sure you travel around the country and surrounding nations. South Africa is a prime example of somewhere that has plenty of different and interesting places to visit. The country has eight World Heritage Sites, and other fascinating African countries like Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique are on its borders.


Re-charge your energy for the bustle of the ‘western world’

When you take a professional gap year abroad it’s the perfect time to reflect and get away from it all. Use the time to re-charge and take on board different perspectives from the people you meet and experiences you gain.

As you can see, there are so many benefits of taking a professional gap year, so what are you waiting for? You’ll find a variety of quality placements on offer at, including opportunities to volunteer in South Africa. Read all about the different projects, pick out the one that suits you best and start packing!

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