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Recently we welcomed Kate Tudge from GapGurua social enterprise which organises gap year opportunities – to talk to our Sixth Form students about considering a year out after their A Levels. 

GapGuru’s mission is to empower young adults to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They have programmes where young people can make a positive impact in one of the many local communities they have links with because they understand the people and the challenges they face. 

Kate talked students through the different programmes and fielded questions from a very engaged audience. She described how participants undertake schemes in Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, or India, helping with the education of local children while meeting other young people from around the world, particularly Australia.  

GapGuru’s programme is currently helping instigate change, particularly in Vietnam, where the impact of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s led to an ongoing lack of teachers, and students on the programme have had a very positive effect on driving up academic outcomes. Kate explained that several students will undertake a few weeks of voluntary work and then move on to explore Southeast Asia, often with people they met while participating. 

 

The event is part of the Futures Department’s aim to expose students to the various options available after school, enabling them to make informed choices. In a cohort of 168 students who left Trinity in 2023, 18 decided to take a gap year. 

Taking a gap year can be a valuable experience, providing opportunities for personal growth and development. If considering one, students are encouraged to make the most of it by being proactive, setting clear goals and embracing new experiences. It can be a great opportunity to gain work experience, pursue a passion, learn new skills and meet exciting people – all which are great to add to CVs and talk about during work or university interviews.  

If you would like to know more, please speak to the relevant Futures team member: Mr Aldridge and Mr Paterson (Upper School) or Mrs Harvey-Shipp (Lower and Middle School). 


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