Five reasons to take a gap year with CAFOD

15 May 2020

Step into the Gap volunteers

This year our Step into the Gap volunteers travelled to Cambodia.

Step into the Gap is an opportunity to take a gap year where you make a difference by inspiring others to create a more just and peaceful world

The 10-month programme is for 18-30-year-olds who want to spend a year in the service of others while also learning about themselves and the world we live in. The deadline for applications this year is 12 June.

1) Developing Leadership skills

CAFOD hosts training sessions as a chance to develop your leadership skills. You will be able to put this into action in your local community when you organise events, lead sessions, deliver talks, write articles, and possibly even speak on local radio.

2) Get experience in a work environment

At the end of your year with CAFOD you will be equipped with valuable skills to take into the workplace. Our gap year volunteers have gone on to teach, gained internships in international development, become charity communication officers, policy interns, and some even now work at CAFOD! Where will you end up?

3) Empower and inspire future generations

You will be based on a placement in a youth retreat centre, school or university chaplaincy, and will spend your time interacting with children and young people. You’ll help them to learn about global issues and inspire them to take action. This is perfect experience if you want to work in teaching, chaplaincy or youth work, or just build your confidence more generally.

4) Grow your faith

Over the year, you will have the opportunity to explore and grow your faith. You can learn more about the Church’s teaching on key documents such as Laudato Si’. You don’t have to be Catholic to be part of the programme, but we expect you to have an understanding of the Catholic Church as you will be living in a Catholic community.

5) Get to meet like-minded people

Our past gappers look back on their year with fondness and part of the reason for that is the friends they have made as part of the year. Whether as part of your placement or as part of the Step into the Gap team, you will meet people who have similar interests to you and others who are interested in global justice and taking action.

Apply now for Step into the Gap

Please be aware that due to coronavirus, this year’s programme may take a different format to normal. If this does happen an alternative experience to learn about CAFOD’s work will be offered.

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