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Poll Says 31% of 55 to 64-year-olds might take a Gap Year

Wednesday 9th February 2011

Out of 2005 people who took part in a recent poll, 49% thought that taking a volunteer gap year is beneficial to personal development and a valuable way of giving something back to poorer communities.

Out of 2005 people who took part in a recent poll, 49% thought that taking a volunteer gap year is beneficial to personal development and a valuable way of giving something back to poorer communities. The Press Association reports that as the nation tightens its belts, and job cuts sweep the country, many more people are considering taking a gap year out.

The ICM poll questioned a selection of people across a variety of backgrounds and ages, and also found that gap years are now attracting an older generation too. It revealed that 31% of 55 to 64 year olds would think about a UK-based gap year, while 22% would go overseas.

The survey was organised by Your Big Year, a competition to promote global citizenship and enterprise which has attracted 44,489 registrations from 168 countries with the chance of travelling the world for a year, working with poor communities and meeting world leaders.

Chris Arnold, organiser of Your Big Year and founder of volunteering specialists Smaller Earth, said the desire to "put something back" is greater than ever before.

 
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