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My Experience: Volunteering in Rio

Over the past eight months, Real Gapper Fran has been travelling around the world with us - taking in sights from Machu Picchu in Peru to the marvel that is a Full Moon Party in Thailand. Now she's settled in Rio, and with all of the buzz of the World Cup we were really intrigued to see how she's getting on volunteering on our community project in Rocinha...

The past week in Rio has been noisy, busy, fun.... everything you would expect Rio to be basically! The volunteers all love in the...

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A USA Experience - Part 1

Hi everyone! Following our Fiji adventure we were off across the pacific to the hustle and bustle of America! Booked on the 21 day USA experience we had a few days to chill in San Fran before we started in LA.
 
Day 1
Met the group around 7:30am in downtown LA for a quick get to know each other sesh and it was time to hit Hollywood boulevard :-)
We saw the walk of fame, the oscars theatre and the famous hollywood sign.
After it was the start of a long 5 hour drive to VEGAS!
 
To really get to know...
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RG's Charlie's Fundraising Tips!

RG's Charlie has literally been EVERYWHERE (well, almost!) and so he's always there to dish out great travel advice to our Real Gappers. One of the questions he always gets asked is about fundraising, so he's decided to put together some of his top ideas to help some of you guys out! (He says: You're welcome!).

Ultimately, fundraising is down to the individual. What they're like, how serious they are and what they feel comfortable doing- and so as with a lot of things to do with travelling,...

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RG's Sally- Welcome to Tanzania!

RG's Sally has just embarked on a trip of epic proportions to Tanzania, and now she's back here's round two of her tale!

Throughout my week I was welcomed with the greetings “Jambo” and “Karibu” by friendly staff and locals. The wonderful bright colours and sounds of African life hit you immediately, so be prepared for a culture shock of the best kind as you pass random cow herds wondering along the road, women carrying all sorts of incredible things on their heads, the complete and utter...

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RG's Lisa- Festival Atmosphere in Sri Lanka

I was lucky enough to time my trip with Vesak when I headed over to Sri Lanka last month (this wasn’t done on purpose!). This is a huge festival in Sri Lanka, sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", marking the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

The mood leading up to the first day of celebrations was frantic and excited. Big lanterns were being constructed in many towns and cities across the country soon to be unveiled competitively and strings of smaller lanterns (Vesak...

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Sri Lanka- Elephants, kingfishers and an unnecessary gecko!

Real Gap's Lisa travelled to Sri Lanka at the start of the month to discover this beautiful part of the world. Find out how she got on on our Elephants and Community project...

I arrived in Rambukkanna in the dark (it gets dark at about 7pm all year round in Sri Lanka so be prepared for short evenings!) and so it wasn’t until the morning that I could take in the surroundings properly. Leaning over the balcony of the volunteer accommodation, I watched some tourists taking an early morning...

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Ben and Harriet's Thailand Adventure- Day 8!

It's Harriet again! Today we completed our volunteering stint on the non-community option of the Thailand Experience; and it was so awesome!

Our alarms went off at 6am and Ben and I got ready for our next day of volunteering - this time with the building group (non community option on the Thailand Experience). This group start earlier and finish earlier than the Community option because it is such hard work building in the midday heat! 
 
We jumped in the taxi with the 6 other volunteers and we...
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Ben and Harriet's Thailand Adventure- Day 5

Ben again! Want another full low down of our Thailand Experience day?!

We left our hotel bright and early- and at 09:30 we headed off to meet the group of 36 strong Thailand Experiencers to head off to Sangklaburi for our stint of volunteering. The hotel the Thailand Experience group were staying in was lovely, we met them whilst they were having breakfast on a boat house that was located on the River Kwai. Needless to say the views were amazing! Once the group had finished noshing on...

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Ben and Harriet's Thailand Adventure- Day 4!

Hi all! It's Harriet this time, blogging from the heart of Thailand! A few days ago we started our volunteering adventure...

Wow what a day we've had today! Earlyish start around 9am. Wandered over to our new favourite local restaurant for some breakfast for me (and coffee for Ben!) I opted for noodles fried with egg and chilli flakes with lime - it was ideal, so much more fun than cornflakes!

We then met our amazing guide for the day - Mr Watts. He was a wonderfully kind 50 year old man who...
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Charlie's back!

Over the last two weeks, RG's Charlie's been touring around South Africa- popping his head around the door of a number of our trips!

Now he's back in the office we thought we'd show you all a few of his photos! He had a fantastic time (...and he's got a tan, lucky thing!).

Keep your eyes peeled, we're going to be updating our Facebook and Twitter feeds over the next few weeks with all of his adventures. He's also going to be writing a blog post or two of his own relaying back all of his South...

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