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Gap Year in Australia

One of our ex-students updates us on his Gap Year experience!

Mick

Ok so I chose a gap year because I knew I’d like a break before throwing myself right into uni. Also I came to the conclusion that you’re only young once and I want to do as many crazy things as I can while I’m at this age.

So with this in mind and with the laid back/big party reputation Australia has, I booked my one way ticket to Sydney. To be honest that’s really where my planning stopped…I mean I got my working holiday visa organised and I set up an Australian bank account but that’s it really. Anyway I think I arrived on the 29th of July. Obviously my first priority was to find somewhere to sleep so I caught a train to central station (seemed like the most sensible place to head to) and then spent the next 2 hours dragging my suitcase around Sydney. Also the wheels  broke so I was left carrying the huge thing down George Street (the Princes Street of Sydney).  Eventually after asking for a few directions I found a hostel to check in to. (Staying in a hostel is a must. The people you meet/the nights out you have are insane).

Anyway I got kind of carried away and ran out of money in week two. Got a bit paranoid when all I had was $20 in my wallet and I had no return flight. So in a desperate attempt to make money I ended up getting a job as a door to door sales person (A low point in my life). I went through a couple of other jobs during this time but they were all part time and badly paid. So I was left scrapping until one day when I went to a house to attempt to sell them something. I got on really well with the guy and after a while of talking to him it turned out he owned a removals company and he offered me a job! And this is the job I still have today. It’s hard work but ridiculously well paid. Also with the diet I now have away from home it really helps me stay fit.

And from then on this awesome life has just snowballed. I’ve managed to save a huge amount, I’ve met tons of new friends, I bought my very own surf board last month and life’s just perfect really. Also with four friends I met through work, sport etc we’ve all moved into an amazing flat just 10mins walk from the city centre. So I now have my own place/double bed!  Some of my mates are all heading out in January to join me. So our future plans are to party it up in Sydney till around March when we’re then going to buy a campervan and drive up the west coast for 2/3 months before coming home! I’m sure we’ll get up to a lot more shenanigans before then though

And I’m afraid I don’t really have much advice for anyone else planning to get away for their gap year. I mean I suppose you could organise a hostel, save more money before coming out and perhaps even have a job waiting for you when you get here. But looking back at it now, I wouldn’t do anything differently. I mean it was hard when I first arrived but in that time I learnt a lot about life and a lot about myself (I even impressed myself at some points). And now I think I’m better for the experience. Also I have so many crazy memories from it! It’s still insane to think I managed to start a whole new life on the other side of the world. You really just have to make the trip yours, be prepared to meet new people and to be ready for something completely new. It’s a crazy life I’m living right now and trust me, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Anyway I’m gutted to hear its cold back home. Its 30 degrees here and I’m just off to Bondi for a surf.

 

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci work placements

Twin Group would like to make you aware of a programme that allows students to go on a work placement in the EU FREE OF CHARGE. Students receive accommodation, food, transfers and transportation and a relevant work placement, 100% funded by the EU! Too good to believe? Read on…

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is a mobility project set up specifically to allow young people from the EU to travel and work in other European countries, and so aid cultural integration as well as language knowledge.

Students can choose to do placements in one of several locations around Europe including Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague, as well as many other locations. Foreign language skills are NOT essential in all locations.

Please contact us to find out more about this amazing FREE fully government-funded programme. If you have any students that are interested in such a programme, or in any of our Work and Volunteer programmes worldwide, we would be very happy to hear from you! You can read more about the programmes here http://www.workandvolunteer.com, or by calling us on 020 8297 3261 or by email on cgonzalez@twinuk.com

Kind regards

Carolina Gonzalez

 

Twin Group
2nd Floor
67-71 Lewisham High Street
Lewisham
London SE13 5JX

Tel: +44 (0)20 8297 3261
Fax: +44 (0)20 8297 0984
Web: www.twinuk.com

More information from NDCS!

inclusive-pdf.pdf

Just a little reminder re Inclusive Futures – Future Opportunities Open Day for Deaf People, organised by NDCS Scotland Education Project.

ABERDEEN – WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2008 AT 10.00AM – 3.00PM (Only 1 week away!)

At ANEDS (Aberdeen and North East Deaf Society), 13 Smithfield Road, Aberdeen, AB24 4NR

GLASGOW – WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2008 AT 10.00AM – 3.00PM (Only 2 weeks away!)

At Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ

This is an excellent and unique opportunity for those to find information about Further Education, Higher Education, Employment, Support, Advice and many more on the day….

This is an Open Day Event where you can come and go as you please at whatever time you want between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

If you would like more information, please contact NDCS Scotland Office at 0141 248 4457 or email: https://www.edubuzz.org/careers/wp-admin/

Attached is a copy of the Poster. It’s FREE and no charge!

Just a little reminder re Inclusive Futures – Future Opportunities Open Day for Deaf People, organised by NDCS Scotland Education Project.

ABERDEEN – WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2008 AT 10.00AM – 3.00PM (Only 1 week away!)

At ANEDS (Aberdeen and North East Deaf Society), 13 Smithfield Road, Aberdeen, AB24 4NRGLASGOW – WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2008 AT 10.00AM – 3.00PM (Only 2 weeks away!)

At Deaf Connections, 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ

This is an excellent and unique opportunity for those to find information about Further Education, Higher Education, Employment, Support, Advice and many more on the day….

This is an Open Day Event where you can come and go as you please at whatever time you want between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

If you would like more information, please contact NDCS Scotland Office at 0141 248 4457.

Attached is a copy of the Poster. It’s FREE and no charge!

Moving on…

Residential week for young deaf people aged 14-19 Monday 31 March – Friday 4 April 2008.

Badaguish, Cairngorm Outdoor Centre, Aviemore.

Information on Personal finance, College, Financial support, University, Communication support, Employment, Personal Life Skills

Further information

0141 248 4457 (voice)

0141 222 4474 (Textphone)

ndcs.scotland@ndcs.org.uk

Mick