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Tanzania safari photo gallery

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Stuck in the mud on a Tanzanian safari

Stuck in the mud on a Tanzanian safari

Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to go to Africa to see the animals, particularly elephants. When I found myself in Tanzania volunteering for three months with a Canadian organization, I was elated that a safari could be arranged the first week I was there. Some of the local people we were working with said they could organize a day-long safari to Mikumi National Park. They would do it through their connections and … Read entire article »

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Gardens of the World: England

Gardens of the World: England

In May 2009 I visited some famous gardens in England with my sister. The trip was long overdue for I am a passionate gardener and The Gardens of England are simply a must-do. There are many gardens open to the public because they were bequeathed to the National Trust when the owners could no longer afford to maintain them. Most of these gardens are “grand” because they were created by rich aristocrats who engaged landscapers … Read entire article »

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Safari photo gallery

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Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Craig Reinhardus recalls the safari he went on in Mala Mala—a private game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. He drove there from Pretoria in a rental car with others in his family. Q: What makes a safari special? A: What is so special is the wildlife setting. It is nothing like a zoo although animals are accustomed to people. You see it as it is: animals hunting and killing and eating. For instance, we saw a … Read entire article »

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Jasper/Banff photo gallery

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Afghanistan photo gallery

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Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

During her gap year in 1973, Gracie—a non-Jew—spent several months working on a kibbutz in Israel. Her time there was sandwiched between the murder of Israeli athletes and coaches at the summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany and the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states. Q: How did you know about the kibbutz movement? A: A girl I went to school with moved to Israel with her family and she sent letters … Read entire article »

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Boogie Street and beyond: Around the world in two weeks

Boogie Street and beyond: Around the world in two weeks

Kathy said she lucked out during her gap year when a friend asked her to travel around the world using tickets she had won as a door prize. They were both in new jobs and could only get two weeks of vacation but decided to make the best of it. I was, of course, thrilled when Liz asked me to go on a trip with her using the tickets to wherever British Airlines flew. We … Read entire article »

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A Canadian/Mexican journey

A Canadian/Mexican journey

Canada is a large country so leaving home in Ottawa and travelling to Banff, Alberta is a long journey when you’re 18 years old (4000 km in fact). Banff was the start of Jessica’s gap year that ended with a backpacking trip through Mexico. Q: I understand you were quite determined to have a gap year. Why was that? A: I knew I didn’t want to go to university right after high school and my family supported … Read entire article »

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Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Nancy Fanjoy spent six weeks in Afghanistan in 2004, visiting her sister who was working there and volunteering as a civic education trainer. Q: Why ever did you chose to vacation in Afghanistan? A: My life needed a real change so when my sister encouraged me to join her for a few weeks and perhaps do some volunteer work I decided to go for it. Q: What were the highlights of your trip? A: The streets of … Read entire article »

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Gap year in places unlike home

Gap year in places unlike home

Editorial: Everyone who watched the recent British royal wedding of Will and Kate probably heard that Prince William—like many Brits—took a gap year between high school and university. During that year he took survival exercises with the Welsh Guards in Belize (sleeping in a hammock strung between trees), volunteered in Chile (where he helped construct walkways from log posts and taught English in local schools), and worked on a dairy farm in the UK (rising before … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Taking a gap year—typically a time of global travel and work between high school and college or university—has long been embraced by Britain and Australia where it is considered a rite of passage. The concept has been slower to catch on in North America but it’s now becoming more common and even major universities are promoting it. Harvard University has long encouraged admitted students to defer enrolment for one year to travel or pursue a special … Read entire article »

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