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Gap Year Web quest
By: Jack Rader

Location 1: Australia
Location 2:
First Steps: Before Trip
What is a Gap Year?
A gap year is a year you take off to go out and experience things, usually after college or High school.
Nine Things to Consider when Planning a Gap Year
1. Time
2. Visas
3. Vaccination
4. Housing
5. Cell Phone/ Internet
6. Financial Support and Planning
7.Travel Guides
8. Current Events
9. Travel/ Medical Insurance
Goal
Help make an impact on conservation efforts by physically helping out in the field.
Earth Watch Institute
URL: www.eathwatch.org
Location: Great Otway National Park, Australia
Description: Volunteers will monitor Koala populations and find out how environmental aspects are affecting them.

Activities: Radio tracking koalas, taking measurements, analyzing data, operating camera traps and observing koalas.
Requirements, Skills, or Knowledge Needed: Be active and ready to volunteer at all times. Orientation for other necessary skills upon arrival.
Cost: 16 weeks for $3,050
Services Include: Accommodation in park, crisis and risk policy, health care, training/ orientation, meals and travel insurance.

Transportation is a simple 15 minute walk to site.

All other additional expenses are not provided.
Accommodation at Australia
Other Information
Location 3
South Africa
Koalas!!
Koala Research!
Warnings and Basic Information
Warnings: None
Entry: Valid U.S. passport and visa, blank page for stamp, no special vaccinations mandatory
Around the Country: Passport or copy available
Exit: Valid U.S. passport
Obtaining a Visa: Apply for an ETA visitor visa. Must have at least $5,000 Australian dollars for proof of funds. Evidence of return date. Proof of identification.
Time to Process Visa: 12 hours
Cost: $39.00
Duration: Up to six months
Currency: Australian dollar
Exchange Rate: 1 US dollar= 1.07 Australian dollars
Best Form of Currency to use: A credit card is helpful in Australia, but also consider carrying some cash around with you.
Are Credit Cards Accepted: Yes, ATM machines are all over the place and most credit cards are accepted.
Customs and other information
Customs
Greetings: Greet with Hi or G'day
Greet from a distance with a wave
Elders addressed by Mr., Mrs. or Miss
Friends addressed by first name

Gestures: Western gestures are common

Food: Eat three meals a day
Tea time in the afternoon
Tip waiters around 10%
Western etiquette followed

Recreation and Sports: Cricket is the most popular sport
Rugby, soccer and lawn bowling are popular too
Australians like being out-doors
Vacations include snow-skiing in Tasmania
Languages Spoken: English
Traffic Safety and Road Conditions:
Traffic on the left side of the road
Seat belt mandatory
Measurements are in kilometers
Much narrower roads than in US
Using a phone while driving is illegal
IDP is recommended
Health Precautions
Recommended Vaccinations
Routine Vaccinations
Health Risks
Be alert for rabies present in wildlife
Be aware of bug bites
Don't drink unpurified water
Hospitals and Clinics
Epworth Hospital
Fances Perry Clinic
Freemasons Hospital
First aid supplies ready in the park
Peru
Earth Watch Institute
www.earthwatch.com
Location: Amazon River Basin, Peru
Description: People will research all about the abundance and densities of wildlife populations to help the future conservation efforts. This trip is on a boat, making frequent stops to research.
Cost: $4,500 for 10 weeks
Activities: Surveying populations of wildlife such as macaws, dolphins, fish, and caiman.
Requirements: Physically fit condition, orientation happens each day before research, knowing a little Spanish is helpful.
Services Include: Accommodation, crisis and risk policy, health care, training, travel insurance
Transportation is on a boat
All other additional expenses are not provided
Riverboat I will be traveling on
Pictures from the trip
Other Information
Warnings and Basic Information
Warnings: None
Entry: Valid U.S. passport, evidence of return, blank page for a stamp, vaccinations, NO visa needed
Around: A card stating length of approved stay from Peruvian Immigration Department
Exit: Proof of return trip, valid U.S. passport
Obtaining a Visa: No visa required for U.S., Japanese and Canadian citizens staying under 90 days
Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol
Exchange Rate: 1 US dollar= 2.784 Peruvian Nuevo Sol(s)
Best Form of Currency to use: Cash is mostly accepted, but also travelers checks
Are Credit Cards Accepted: A few kins of credit cards are accepted in bigger cities
Customs and other Information
Customs
Greetings: Shake hands when greeting
Close friends kiss on cheeks when greeting
Spanish greetings are used

Gestures: Peruvians are very intimate when speaking
Speak with their arms and use many gestures

Food: Eat three meals a day
Bad manners to tell secrets at the table
Guests expected to eat all food served
One must wave at a restaurant to get service

Sports and Recreation: Most popular sport is soccer
Other sports are basketball, tennis, volleyball, and gymnastics
Skateboarding is popular in bigger cities
Dancing is a form of entertainment
Vacation on coastline beaches
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara
Special Laws: Fine for hiking off trail
Illegal to disturb historic sites
Illegal to engage in local rituals/ gatherings
Traffic Safety and Road Conditions:
Poor road markings
Spare parts recommended
Don't take buses
Don't drive at night
Fog is common
Frequent bad drivers
Health Precautions
Recommended Vaccinations
Routine vaccinations
Yellow fever vaccine
Hepatitis A vaccine
Typhoid vaccine
Health Risks
Malaria in some parts of Peru
Rabies is present in wildlife
Beware of bug bites
Don't drink unpurified water
Hospitals and Clinics
Certified nurse on boat at all times
Ana Stahl Hospital
El Hospital Iquitos
Gap Year Agency
Other Information
www.gapyear.com
Location: South African, Namibia border
Cost: 16 weeks for $2,741.40
Description: Help subsistence farmers understand elephant populations and build water points for them. Next, track elephants through the deserts and grasslands.
Activities: Building water-points and protective walls around them, tracking elephant populations.
Requirements: Physically fit, orientation happens each day
Services Include: Accommodation, crisis and risk policy, health care, training, travel insurance
Transportation is a bus to the work site and walking each day when tracking elephants in the desert
All other additional expenses are not provided
Example of tents while backpacking
South Africa Trip!
Warnings and Basic Information
Warnings: None
Entry: Valid U.S. passport, evidence of return, blank page for stamp, visa, an additional two blank pages for visa, photocopy of photo/bio information page in passport
Around: U.S. passport available
Exit: Valid U.S. passport
Obtaining a visa: Volunteer/ charitable activities visa, letter stating purpose and duration of stay, proof of identification
Time to Process: Five days
Cost: $72.00
Duration: 3 years
Currency: South African rand
Exchange rate: 1 U.S. dollar= 10.307 South African rands
The Best Form of Currency to use: U.S. and South African cash, as well as credit cards
Are Credit Cards accepted: Yes, the most common ones are
Customs and Other Information
Customs
Greetings: Hello is a common greeting
In Afrikaans greet with Goeiemore
People say "See you again" when saying goodbye
Gestures: Most addressed by first name
refer to family as father, mother, etc.
Food: The white dutch race eat with utensils
Blacks eat with traditional spoon and finger methods
Most don't ever eat alone
Sports and Recreation: Soccer, rugby, and cricket are the mos popular sports
Ethnic groups have own sports
Many children grow up making their own toys
Many beaches for vacationing
Many recreational facilities
Languages Spoken: English and Afrikaans
Traffic Safety and Road Conditions:
Drive on left side of the road
No need for IDP
Traffic lights malfunction frequently
Seat belt mandatory
Illegal to text/talk and drive
Measurements in Kilometers
Health Precautions
Recommended Vaccinations:
Routine vaccinations
Hepatitis A vaccine
Typhoid vaccine
Health Risks:
Malaria in some parts
rabies present in many animals
Beware of bug bites
Don't drink unpurified water
Hospitals and Clinics:
Life Anncron Clinic
Netcare Fern Crest Hospital
Kathu Hospital
The End!
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