Taking some time out is a really good way to help you figure out what life's about...
- Who am I? What skills are hidden in me? What do I want to experience?
- How do I work on a team? How do I face up to challenges?
- How much do I know about other cultures? How can I learn to help?
Taking a GAP in your work, your education, or using the experience to fill time where you are making decisions can really help you to get a bit of perspective, while giving you a really enjoyable experience that perhaps you might not get stuck back at home!
Below are some of the options (Christian and non-Christian) that are open to you. Some are funded, others might encourage you to pay your own way. Some are training courses, others throw you in at the deep end! Try visiting the sites, and getting a feel for what's out there!
Christian - UK Opportunities
The Briars (Nottingham) Residential Retreat Centre for the Nottingham Diocese
YMT (Hexham and Newcastle) Mission Team that runs school missions as well as regular events
Alton Castle and Soli House (both in Birmingham Diocese) - Residential centres that welcome retreats and activity holidays
Brettargh Holt (Salesian Sisters)
Castlerigg Manor (Lancaster Diocese)
Myddelton Grange (Leeds Diocese)
MyMission (Middlesbrough Diocese YMT)
Savio House, Cheshire (Salesian Community)
St Cassians Centre , Berkshire(De la Salle Community)
St Vincents Centre, Whitstable (Southwark Diocese)
Walsingham House (Brentwood Diocese)
Other UK Christian
The Sion Community - volunteers spend time working in schools and parishes, creatively teaching young people about faith
Vincentian Volunteers following St Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac in care of those neglected by society, working in different bases throughout the country
Jesuit Volunteer Community more informal community living, whilst fulfilling work placement with those neglected by society
Time For God Christian gap-year placement organization with many contacts and links
Tearfund - providing placements for up to 4 months, with work in inner-city parishes or more local projects
CAFOD welome volunteers to help their UK-based work.