Independent Gap Year Advice
and Support for Young People

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Our mission:

to provide young people with free and impartial information and advice on taking a gap year or shorter break from formal education;

and also to encourage and enable young people with disabilities to undertake challenging gap year projects.

The authors:

Callum Russell, Callum Russell, founder and director of CrystalEyes, was a gap year volunteer in Peru and has been blind since birth.
Email callum@independentgapadvice.org, telephone 07557 916996

Lawrence Lockhart,  Founder of Gap Year Fairs, former teacher and careers adviser, also worked for the governments of Kenya and Botswana as an educational economist.
Email lawrence@independentgapadvice.org, telephone 01225-316593.

Lawrence and Callum are unpaid volunteers who receive no benefit, financial or otherwise, for the advice they offer.

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Contents of the website:

There are gap year advice sections on planning a gap year, fundraising, travel safety, and the ethics of overseas volunteering.

There is an advice document for parents and sixth form advisers.

There is a database of gap year organisations that we know and recommend.

The website includes 18 case studies of young people who undertook challenging gap year projects, written by the volunteers themselves. Some of the volunteers are disabled.

If you would like information or advice:

You can contact us on any aspect of taking a full gap year or shorter break from formal education. For example:

  • I have decided to take a gap year; where do I start?
  • You might ask us to suggest reputable organisations with projects that match your interests.
  • You might find an organisation on the internet but not on our database, and ask if we know it.

Email us through our website  We have twenty years experience of the gap year sector,