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Ok... So I've always wanted to take a gap year before going to uni (to hopefully study medicine!).

My original plan was to get a job and work my ass off for 6 months. Then find a project i could work on for 6 months. In Africa, preferably a french-speaking country... there are a few. I was thinking Senegal / Cameroon / Rwanda... (Main reason for it to be french-speaking is a)it would be useful to be able to communicate with whoever I will be working alongside! b)Could be English, but hopefully I would be able to boost my level of French up to near fluent if i was there for 6 months.)

But now i'm not so sure. :rolleyes:

Main reason being.... There are no guarantees I will be able to get a job for that period of time, and I risk a whole year of being unemployed because of the current levels of unemployment. I have some savings that I could put towards the cost of the travelling, but I also wanted to earn as much as possible to help me through uni.

I'm unsure as to whether I should take the risk.... and my family are strongly advising against it.

But I really wanted to help a worthwhile cause (not by going through one of these gap year organisations - but by finding a specific charity who takes on volunteers and where all the money I raise goes directly to the cause). Already found a few... was hoping to get involved with a local medical centre or a HIV programme or something like that.

Ha, I don't really know what I'm asking here... but was just wondering if anyone else is in a similar position and has come to any decisions?
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