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#MyRealExperience - Winners Feb 2016

It's time to announce the winners of the first #MyRealExperience competition of 2016. Before we get started we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who entered!


We asked you guys to post your travel photography, videos and even blogs using the hashtag #MyRealExperience and (as we expected) you smashed it!!! The entries were top-notch and came in from all corners of the globe. With such brilliant content, you gave us a serious headache trying to pick our winners (in a good way).


Don't be...

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Childcare Volunteering in Cambodia

We catch up with the brilliant Gemma White to discuss her experience volunteering in Cambodia. Gemma got involved in the much needed educational projects based in Phnom Penh, providing a brighter and more prosperous future to disadvantaged children. 

Gemma already does a large amount of philanthropy work with charitable organisations back home in Australia and would like to use this experience to help encourage other young people to volunteer both in Australia and abroad. We asked her a few...

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What's Hot? – Most Popular Travel Experiences Booked for 2016

Our MASSIVE January sale is going strong, and with hundreds of you booking your travels for 2016 we thought it’s about time to let you know the top 5 most booked experiences for 2016... If you’re looking to travel the world and not quite sure where to go, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In just a few weeks spaces have been selling out fast, with our infamous Thailand Experience topping the charts and holding a 9/10 rating from past travellers. From travelling on these busier trips you’re...

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Volunteering in Surin: Day In the Life!

Thinking of volunteering in northern Thailand with us? Past volunteers Melissa and Becky took part in our 'Childcare Volunteers' program and after having such an amazing time, decided to talk us through their schedules in the gorgeous Surin. 

8:30 We get picked up by our coordinator (Tuk, she was amazing!) with the other volunteers. It's about an half an hour drive, and if there's a few of you, you get to sit in the back of the truck and enjoy the scenery (and the cool breeze) along the way!

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What's The Best Thing To Wear, and Take Volunteering?

If you’re booked on to one of Real Gap Experience's volunteering trips this year, you’ll probably be thinking about what you should pack away with you on your big adventure. (Clothes/sassy bits and bobs never stray far away from our brain!)

We get asked this question a lot at RG HQ, and we reckon these things will get you by: 

1)  Be culturally sensitive. At some of your projects, you’ll be required to cover your knees and shoulders – and it’s worth checking up where this’ll be applicable...

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Fundraising with Real Gap Experience: Sophie's Hints and Tips

Sophie is an expert fundraiser; she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. She has some awesome tips; it sounds like University blind date went down a storm! Check out Sophie’s blog below and find out how YOU could fundraise your way to your next adventure...

When I was in my first year at University, I signed up to climb Kilimanjaro for a charity that helped local Tanzanian communities in the foothills of the mountain. I had to raise £2200 altogether, with a group of...

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Teaching in South Africa: Brett Robinson

At the start of the year, we sent a teacher - Brett Robinson, to South Africa to volunteer in a school. He had an amazing time whilst he was away; check out his account to see where his adventures in South Africa took him...
 
Week 1:
 
During my time with Real Gap Experience, I volunteered on the Schools and Development project. The first couple of days spent at Simons Town High School have been absolutely fab. We were given the absolute warmest of welcomes by the head teacher and other school...
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Kids in Ghana

When RG's Head of Marketing Will headed to Ghana to visit our projects, he had a fantastic time! It's official: the kid's in Ghana are the nicest, ever!

After tough negotiating with BA staff to get an upgrade on my seat (extra leg room only before you get ahead of yourself) I found my seat only to be confronted by a Ghanaian lady holding a tiny child! Penance for being difficult I here you say - very possibly, very possibly.

However, 6.5 hours later I now have a new best friend in Accra and a...

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ALERT: The end is near!

We cannot believe one of our favourite months, September, is already coming to a close! How can this be? And does that REALLY mean the sale is about to end?

And unfortunately... yes, yes it does! (I know, we can hardly believe it either!). So if you're looking to book on a trip of a lifetime, now really is the time to do it.

Want some inspiration? Here's a selection of three trips to tickle your tastebuds:

Australia Paid Work- Want to work abroad and get some experience whilst get stuck in with...

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RG's Sally- Volunteering in the local community, Tanzania

The real motivation for Sally's visit was to volunteer in our community projects in Tanzania, which involved her hopping over the pond to Zanzibar, and exploring Dar es Saleem... 
 
I was lucky enough to visit all of our community projects whilst in Zanzibar, and also a good number when I headed back to Dar, all of which are truly inspiring and incredibly humbling.
 
In Zanzibar I saw the great work begin done at Yusef’s nursery school, a 20 minute drive out of Stone Town in one of the local...
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