By Charlie Doherty

It’s now time to begin planning your summer holidays, but what’s on offer to students?

There’s a whole range of fun and inexpensive options waiting for you this summer.

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a network of national organisations that place volunteers on organic farms. WWOOF is in 99 countries across the globe. The idea of WWOOF is that the participants can travel pretty much anywhere around the world and have free bed and board in exchange for manual labour. Depending on your interest there is a whole range of projects available ranging from various farm projects to vineyards in the south of France, where you can taste your own wine. Possible Destination

For more information on WWOOF visit:

http://www.wwoof.org/

If WWOOFing is not to your taste CouchSurfing could be the answer. CouchSurfing is a social networking site like Facebook, which allows people to stay on someone’s sofa for free. With millions of members in over 230 countries and territories around the world, there’s nowhere you can’t go. With free registration you are then able to contact people through the main CouchSurfing site, depending on your desired destination.  Using this site you can build meaningful connections with people and places you encounter on your travels. You also have the option of allowing people to stay on your own sofa, but this depends on your complete approval. Members have the option of providing information and pictures of themselves.

Suz Cleary from Melbourne Victoria said “I LOVE CouchSurfing! CS positively affirms that there are fantastic, genuine and friendly people across the world that are willing to open their homes and hearts to you. It demonstrates people at their best.”

For more information on CouchSurfing visit:

http://www.couchsurfing.org/

International work placements are another great way to spend the duration of your holiday. Travel and earn cash in places like Canada, Europe and even Hong Kong, China. To be eligible for the Working Holiday usually you have to be between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of your application. Applicants from previous years praise these programs as life changing experiences.

“I can say it was an unforgettable experience. I can highly recommend it. It’s a way to see more of this beautiful country Canada.”- Cecile Villiger, Working in Canada

For more information visit these various sites:

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/ireland-irlande/experience_canada_experience/index.aspx?lang=eng&view=d 

http://www.eurograduate.com/

There is a range of exciting ways for student to travel with the financial security of a job. One of which is Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) ,refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. This course is globally accepted as the standard. The TEFL website offers a range of jobs opportunities.


Megan Maguire, 22 from Glasgow said “To mark our first day on ‘Elephant Island’ a couple of us went elephant trekking. It was amazing, we rode through the jungle seeing all sorts of other strange creatures (snakes, crocodiles, spiders, the list goes on). Afterwards we swam with the beautiful elephants and seen them in a whole new light- they were so playful and friendly.”

For more information:

http://teflheaven.com/mediablog/

As the summer gets increasingly closer it is now time to begin organising what it is you’re planning on doing. Place on various such programs run out quickly, so don’t leave it too late to have the best summer you can possibly imagine.