I am looking at going to teach english with i to i in april and then move down to ecuador, where i may do some conservation. Does anyone have any advice about gap year travel companies, such as which are the best and value for money etc? I know that they seem expensive but I've never been travelling and am going alone so I want the security of being part of one for the begining of my trip!
My advice would be don't pay big money to organise your gap year.
If you are going to SA for a few months, and you want to find your
feet, my advice would be take an overland trip for the first ~month
to get used to life on the road, language and interacting with
Then travel independently (that doesn't mean on your own, you
will hook up with other travellers) to do
your teaching / conservation. It is not as daunting as it may appear.
There are a number of free and low cost volunteer teaching opportunities here:
If you can commit for a decent stint, 3+ months some programs
will provide free accomodation.
There are some volunteer conservation work programs on the site
also but the programs are more expensive.
thank you sooo much for the link to volunteers South America. I have only spent a short while in this part of the world, but have recently decided to throw it all in (career job, house, rat race etc) and do something a little more worthwhile in giving back to others whilst travelling. This site has truely provided me with an opening to not only live my dreams of travelling and experiencing South American Cultuer, but to find a way of doing it through which I am giving back to the communities in which I travel. Thank you again!