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When the answer lies abroad

March 2012

MANY of the 220,000 young Britons who were unable to gain a place at university last year have decided to opt for volunteering breaks in developing countries instead.

Since being founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has sent more than 35,000 volunteers to 27 different countries across five continents.

Although the volunteers range in age from 16 to 75, the majority are students taking time out on a gap year, choosing from a variety of placements from conservation to human rights, archaeology to child care, and even taking part in ambitious missions to rescue child slaves.

Early indications are that our volunteer placements are up around 30% this year. It’s down to a combination of events.

Firstly there was a record level of university passes at A-level last year, resulting in 700,000 applicants vying for 480,000 places.

This has left the tens of thousands who failed to make it wondering what to do, in a time of record youth unemployment.

Then, with the prospect of university fee increases coming into effect in 2012, many students who were planning to take sabbaticals decided they should do so now, before facing a heavy financial burden.

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