Top gap year activities, that don't involve a machine gun
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In Machine Gun Preacher (released tomorrow) Gerard Buther, as real-life hero Sam Childers, demonstrates the difference that a bit of compassion and caring (and a pretty hefty machine gun) can make in the lives of others. Frustrated at the injustice of the world? Tired of the same old uncaring indifference at home? Take that moral crusade abroad and make a difference. Whether its disappointing exam results or some spare cash on your hands, the increasingly popular gap year is the perfect way to spend that extra time wisely. So instead of spending the next 12 months playing Wii and working in the local supermarket, brace yourself for the adventure of a lifetime. The possibilities of what to do during a gap year are endless...but there are some tried and tested activities which appeal to all potential gappers – and there’s no need to pick up any semi-automatic weapons just yet. Finding yourself The basis of all gap years, this is essentially the most popular of all gap year activities, providing the inspiration behind every backpacked and be-sandaled would be traveller. Translated into a range of activities – from writing a book on your experiences to blogging or documenting your trip in photographs; total immersion in another language or culture is seen, conversely, as the perfect antidote to the preceding years’ surfeit of Pro-Evo and blue WKD. Teach English Spread the word, literally, by teaching English. Easy to do (assuming you’re reading this) and generally with some sort of financial benefit at the end; You’re helping the youth of today become the global society of tomorrow. Go to a full moon party in Thailand
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