Mind the Gap
Who are Gap Years and volunteering overseas suitable for? What kinds of experiences might I expect? When should I consider taking a Gap Year? How do I decide where to go? What are some of the “do’s and don’ts”?
These are just some of the questions that Mind the Gap, a Small Talks lecture and workshop can help to address. Designed and delivered with over fifteen years of well-travelled experience Mind the Gap elicits important critical thought for post-school ventures as well as linking to key topics within PSHE, SMSC and Careers. Key themes within this talk include:
Volunteering | Responsible Travel | Realising your Skills Set |
Cultural Awareness | Skills-Sharing
The Programme | Mind the Gap
“It’s 02.00am, it’s pitch black and there’s no-one around apart from my friend Kanaeli and a Maasai. We’re trapped halfway up an active volcano in Africa with a lion behind us and 2,000m of steep volcanic rock ahead, leading only to the summit which is a bubbling pit of lava. Between us we have one stick and a tube of toothpaste”
This is not a lateral thinking challenge but where this talk begins.
Mind the Gap engages students in the world of Gap Years and volunteering overseas. Written and spoken from personal accounts of travelling abroad, adventuring and volunteering post-16, this is a thought-provoking, entertaining and highly engaging talk that covers key topics to engage young people in exploring the world outside of their classroom.
Alongside personal anecdotes of volunteering in East Africa, Mind the Gap introduces students to some of the opportunities that volunteering or Gap Year travelling can provide. The talk is designed to engage students in debate about the role of the volunteer, learning in context and skills-sharing as well as broaden their understanding of what being a positive 21st-century global citizen can actually mean.
Mind the Gap is available in the following formats. If you are not sure which format may suit you or you would like to find out more details, including how we can tailor a talk to fit your school’s needs, please get in touch.
1 Hour Talk
Duration: 45 Minute talk + 15 minutes Q&As
Number of students: unlimited
Most suitable for: KS4 – KS5
Half Day Programme (includes creative career skills activities)
Duration: half day
Number of students: up to 30
Most suitable for: KS4 – KS5
Description: developed into a half-day programme, students listen to first-hand experiences of volunteering and travelling in East Africa. The role of the volunteer can often be varied, require a high-level of initiative and be ever so exciting. The speaker, Lucy, talks through her time spent working overseas and how various job roles and scenarios have helped her to uncover her strengths as well as her weaknesses.
Using real-life interview tasks undertaken for global companies as well as mirroring scenarios that often occur when working in developing environments under different cultural norms, students will uncover their strengths and make considered choices under pressure.
By the end of the workshop students will understand and identify key practices in preparation for interview, in higher education or career.
The Speaker | Lucy Devall
Lucy has been working between the UK and East Africa for the past five years; prior to this she held a senior role at a global clothing company leading a section of its product development initiatives across the Far East and Europe. Lucy has spent much of her career working in and travelling through different countries and exploring their cultures and has been faced with many of the thrills, challenges and curiosities that come from such experiences.
Beginning her Gap Year life as a chalet maid in France; scrubbing toilets, cooking, partying and surviving on very little sleep, to working on New York Fashion Week in Manhattan the morning of the September 11th attacks, Lucy has taken part in the glamorous and not-so-glamorous life of working abroad. Along the way she has spent a year interning at a global brand HQ in Brussels before exploring the world of manufacturing in Asia, eventually embarking on an altogether different move into the rainforests of Tanzania East Africa which is where these stories begin…
Capacity Building for PSHE | SMSC | Careers
Each talk has been designed to include the option of adding interview preparation activities for higher-education and careers. Designed with first-hand experience of conducting and partaking in interviews at graduate and senior levels of industry, Small Talks tasks are engaging, inspiring and offer students the opportunity to explore their own skills set. A half-day Small Talks workshop is ideal for students wishing to improve their interview skills for university or employment.