Programme Advisor Heidi has travelled far and wide and spends most of her time talking to potential volunteers about the destinations and voluntary placements that Projects Abroad offers.
My first gap year took everyone by surprise, not least of all me. It started at the end of November 1994, in the final year of my A-levels.
I visited Thailand on a family holiday a couple of years back. One of the highlights of my trip was a three day jungle trek that we did in the forests north of Chiang Mai.
It can happen in a split second, but it will cause problems big time: what to do when you lose your passport abroad? Last year I had my purse pick-pocketed four weeks into a six month trip around Latin America.