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Gap year students head to Africa

07 Dec 2007

Gap year students head to Africa Africa is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for students on gap years, according to gapyear.com, a website for students considering taking a year out of their studies.

The website also said that while the gap year market is slowing down slightly, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for students.

Tom Griffiths, founder of gapyear.com, said: "Africa's a great destination, and Kenya's one of the top places, where there's more projects in the gap year industry than anywhere else in the world. Ghana is another place where there are a huge amount of projects available."

He added that more opportunities in football and sports coaching are becoming available before the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and there will be "more funds and projects coming up".

Popularity of gap year locations is largely influenced by TV, and celebrities visiting an area will increase the number of students going there for a gap year, according to the website.

Hostels are still popular with students, although there can be issues of safety when staying in them. Gapyear.com reports hostels in the jungle are offering hammocks and treehouses to sleep in.

Gapyear.com was established to 1998 and provides an online community for over one million users who are either planning gap years or have had one.

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