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How to have a good gap year

Every year hundreds of young people leave the familiar cocoon of green old England and head off to spend some time on foreign shores. They may go as a gap year after finishing school; or as part of their university course; they may even be on a short-term placement with work.

Elisa Beynon

Whatever the reason, all will share a huge variety of emotions as they depart. Excitement, fear, trepidation. Will I be happy? How will I cope with the language? Will I make friends?