Gap year options during COVID-19

Gap year options during COVID-19

Taking a gap year in your own post code isn't the most glamorous option. But with international travel restrictions, you're just going to have to do the best with what you have. With this in mind, here are a few covid-19 gap year activities to help give you some much-needed inspiration:

Learn a foreign language online

Whether through online tutoring, self-study courses or online tools such as Duolingo, learning a language is a life-skill that's practical, interesting and generally a great way to spend your free time.

Speaking more than one langue is something that may come in handy in your university studies, but something that is sure to benefit you in your life after education.

Bilinguals enjoy more career opportunities through better networking and make (on average) more money than those who speak only one language.

Volunteer for a political candidate

Volunteering looks great on your CV and it's always important to involve yourself in the workings of your home country.

Most importantly, you don't have to expose your self to possible infection by door-to-door campaigns, you can safely do your job from home through media outreach.

New faces are needed more than ever to replace the (typically) older volunteers you usually see manning polling stations and helping canvas neighbourhoods.

Take an online course

We recommend you always take at least part of your gap year to improve your skillset through further education.

You don't have to limit yourself to more typical classes. Why not try learning an instrument or attend a virtual art class?

If you'd like to try your hand at something more closely related to your future, studies, you'll find most universities offer candidates the opportunity to register as non-degree students and attend online classes at a greatly discounted rate.

Work locally

It's always important to try gain some work experience on your gap year, and COVID-19 should be no excuse.

There are dozens of online work opportunities for university students and those on their gap years. Better yet, working from home will save you a lot of money and time that you would otherwise spend on traveling to and from your workplace.

Money that you earn now can really come in handy at university where balancing education and a part-time job is much harder and sometimes not advisable.

‘Travel is not without risk. The risk needs to be kept to a minimum acceptable level without eliminating the sense of fulfilment for individuals’