Monday, 16 April 2012 8:51 AM
The government is launching a state-funded gap year scheme, so that students who wouldn't normally be able to afford a gap year have an opportunity to take one, according to the Metro newspaper.
The Metro newspaper are reporting that the three-year state-funded scheme will place applicants with a major charity – such as the British Red Cross and Islamic Relief – to work on projects in developing countries.
Volunteer placements will include work in teaching, HIV awareness and water conservation. The gap years, which start in July, will include flights, visas, insurance, vaccinations, food, accommodation and an allowance.
Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 but a further 170 team leaders, who must be aged at least 23, will help manage the projects for between three months and a year.
Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, commented: "The three-year state-funded scheme makes overseas volunteering possible for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it - they will gain new perspectives, greater confidence and make a real difference.
"Some people will be asked to raise £800 for their trip but selection would depend mainly on the effort you put in."
A nine-month pilot project last year saw 576 people sent to some of the world’s poorest nations, including Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
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