Volunteering and South Africa popular for gap holidays

Most people going on gap year holidays are choosing holidays in South Africa for their adventures, it has emerged.

According to non-profit organisation the Year Out Group, the country rose from joint fourth place in 2006 to claim the accolade for 2007.

Last year’s top country, India, fell to sixth place on the list for last year.

Meanwhile, volunteering was found to be the top activity when it comes to gap year holidays, with teaching, conservation projects and sports coaching all popular.

Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, said that 76 per cent of people who opt for gap years are 18 to 24-year-olds, showing them in a positive light as a demographic willing to help the needier in the world.

He added that more people in general are going on gap years: “Year Out Group members alone sent nearly 47,000 people on gap year schemes in 2007, a 20 per cent increase on 2006,” the source said.

We reported earlier this month how travel author Penelope McEniry had said gap years could help to encourage independence, resilience and self-reliance among those who take them, according to the Age.

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