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Parents growing concern over Gap year safety


Ultimate Gap Year launches travel advice courses for sixth formers
throughout UK Schools

With the lure of low cost airlines and ease of travel, an increasing
number of students are planning trips abroad visiting far more remote
areas than were ever available to their parents. Over 2500 UK
travelers returning each year with malaria, illustrates a microcosm
of the types of difficulties travelers are experiencing. The past
year has seen UK citizens experiencing everything from kidnap to
contracting dengue fever.

In an aim to increase awareness Ultimate Gap Year have been working
alongside 400 schools, providing students with essential safety
advice and knowledge before they embark on a gap year or remote
travel to developing countries.

’There are always going to be occasions when travellers become
victims of circumstance which is extremely saddening. With a little
bit of prior knowledge, gap students can feel better equipped to
avoid some of the dramas we hear about in the news and simply get on
with discovering the world,’ says Alex Cormack, an ex tank commander
in the first Gulf War and founder of Ultimate Gap Year.

With a background of extensive travel experience gained from service
in the military and the gap industry, Ultimate Gap Year are running
training courses across the country as well as 1-day courses in
London for sixth formers who are contemplating taking a gap year.
Ultimate Gap Year’s courses are both suitable for people going with
gap organisations or travelling independently. (

’Travel is not without risk. The risk needs to be kept to a minimum
acceptable level without eliminating the sense of fulfilment for
individuals.’ (Alex Cormack, Managing Director)

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