Well, what a packed newsletter we have for you this month.
Tons of new career breaks - including special ones for you older folk - our usual round-up of inspirational blogs, pictures and videos, and how to find out if an organisation is reputable. Plus there's our section on free and discounted stuff, and how to get involved with exciting new developments here at The Career Break Site.
So put off heading out into the sunshine for a few more minutes, sit back, and have a read of this.
SPONSORED - SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR VOLUNTEERS AGED 50+
Gap years and volunteer trips abroad are not just for teenagers! Career Break Site approved partner Projects Abroad has just launched a range of organised volunteer trips, called “Grown-up Specials”. If you're 50 or over, you have the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture while helping to support a disadvantaged community.
You have a wealth of experience and skills that are very much needed in volunteer projects around the world. Whether you’re retired, taking a career break or simply in search of something different, these specially-designed programmes are a wonderful way to give back, achieve personal growth and enjoy a rewarding travel experience - alongside people your own age.
Grown-up Specials are two weeks long, and each trip is designed for volunteers to have the most impact possible at their placement. Full support is offered before and throughout your placement, from local staff and staff here in the UK.
FREE STUFF, DISCOUNTS AND COMPETITIONS
Career Break Site approved organisation Oyster Worldwide are having a price freeze until the end of September. They do loads of different career breaks so have a look and see what you fancy!
Free roaming from Three has just been extended to include 24 new countries - in addition to the 18 that already have it.
3 months free music from Deezer - you can access your music offline which is perfect for those long bus/train/plane/camel journeys!
Claim back unspent money on your Oyster card.
Free single room on trips with Exodus booked before the end of August.
Free tea! From Daily Cultures.
NEW AND UPDATED CAREER BREAKS
Find all our new and updated career breaks here - we've just added tons of exciting volunteer projects so there's bound to be one that's perfect for you!
CAREER BREAKS STARTING IN THE NEXT 3 MONTHS
Need to get away soon? Here are all the career breaks starting in the next 3 months.
ON THE BLOG
The 7 biggest lies you believe about people who take a gap year is a must-read for anyone who thinks a gap year isn't for them. Share it with your friends and colleagues!
How to beat the applicant tracking system is a guest post which tells you how to avoid the automated processes that dump your CV in the bin. It's written in American but the advice applies to Brits too.
How to write the perfect LinkedIn profile is another guest post useful to any career breaker looking for a job.
10 things you can travel without is a light-hearted post about - well, you can probably guess. Some useful advice in there too, to help keep you safe and avoid putting your back out!
Why voluntourism is an effective career break option is our last post, and another guest one for this month. If you've been wondering about volunteering on your career break, give it a read!
We're currently looking for real career breakers to tell their story on our blog. You don't have to have left yet to be featured - we want people in the planning stages too! If you'd like to be famous and featured, drop us an email.
PHOTO CORNER - YOUR MONTHLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
Something a bit different this month - an article with pics of black and white landscape photography.
British geek Sunil left a decent job at the age of 40 to travel the world, even though he was scared. Here's a lovely little montage of his adult gap year which he hopes will inspire others.
TIP OF THE MONTH
Pack stringy things like earphones and necklaces in those tiny press-and-seal bags. They're less likely to get tangled up, and they won't get tangled round the rest of your stuff. They'll stay clean too!
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
"My son is planning to take a gap year with [organisation]. Is it reputable?"
Excellent question, man who emailed us whose name we can't remember (we delete all emails after replying because people contact us in confidence). We don't currently work with the organisation he was asking about but did some digging and said they seemed fine. Obviously our approved list is the best place to start - and you can always ask to speak to past participants of a programme to see what they thought.
As an aside, we do sometimes get parents contacting us on behalf of their kids, but we encourage the gappers or career breakers themselves to do their own research. After all, that's one of the skills you're developing!
If you've got a question, get in touch! We never reveal your name (unless you want us to!)
Thank you, student loans, for getting me through university. I don't think I can ever repay you.
We're busy developing exciting new things for The Career Break Site, but we need your help! We're looking for smart, enthusiastic people to work with us. Send us an email and we can tell you more about what's on offer.
Until next time,
The Career Break Site