BackpackingThousands of students will soon start writing their matric, their final school exam before venturing into the world beyond. Some will go on to university having long planned their road ahead. Many more will go to university with no real plan other than knowing they need a degree of some sort if they are to stand any hope of getting a job and yet others will go to on to follow more technically oriented careers, some entering an apprenticeships.

But there will be many who have no idea of their path forward and will join the labour market in whatever position they are fortunate enough to secure. Without further education or training they stand little hope in advancing in life unless they are exceptional and committed for there always will be a few unusual souls who will rise from poverty and no education to go on and accomplish great things.

Then there are those who choose not to pursue an immediate education or employment straight out of school but to rather take a year or two off to decide on their future and get over the harrowing experience a whole 12 years of school. Some will laze about the house enjoying free board and lodging and a suitable allowance to allow them to enjoy life. Others will take ‘temp’ type jobs as waitrons or other and survive as they decide on the path forward but others, those with a little, or a lot, of financial backing of family be able to take GAP year. 

Depending on the funds available today’s world is their oyster with many options, many not without significant I initial funding by way of airfares and seed money to get them off on a safe and secure start in the US in particular. Some may choose the way some of their parents chose and take a more adventurous backpacking route living hand to mouth with odd jobs here and there as they tour the world.

But there are local options and if your youngster or grandchild is still unsure of what to do a visit to a local company’s website (Cape Town) may give them some ideas whilst they put their education on hold until they are more certain of the route they want to follow.

The company, GAP YEAR SOUTH AFRICA offers various options working in volunteer programs helping and teaching in disadvantaged communities. (Read More)

And then there is one that is almost tailor-made for local youngsters who have been brought up in the surf of Huletts, Bruces or Seal Point by giving a little back teaching swimming and surfing in the Ubuntu Learn2Swim&Surf Program.

More on this subject to follow when an experienced luxury yacht skipper shares his thoughts on a career abroad in the luxury and super yacht industry..

If you have a youngsters / grandchild who is presently on a gap year or has had a successful experience in their year off, share it in the comments below.