Get a better idea of whether a gap year is right for you, and how to get the most out of one, with this second series of gap year FAQs.\r\nThere are a lot of organizations offering gap year experiences. Which one is the best?\r\nThe only answer to this question is research. Do your research into what organizations offer what kind of experiences, and narrow it down to those you\u0027re interested in.\r\nLook through their websites, request information, ring them and get a feel for what kind of experience that particular organisation offers.\r\nIf it sounds appealing, then go for it. If you\u0027re still unsure, ask to talk with someone who has been on a gap year through this organization before. They may be able to give you some valuable inputs.\r\nIn the end, it all comes down to the amount of time and effort you\u0027re prepared to put into researching the different organizations to make sure it\u0027s exactly what you\u0027re after.\r\nI want to work for a charity as part of my gap year. How do I choose which one?\r\nIt\u0027s important you research this one as well, but before you do, ask yourself some questions. What type of charity work are you interested in? Have you done some charity work before? Did you enjoy it? Do you want to do more of the same?\r\nYou can be involved in any kind of charity work, from reading books to children in schools, to building houses in a community on the other side of the world.\r\nProviding support for a charity is a rewarding experience and any amount of your time you can give will be much appreciated.\r\nI want to get advice from someone who\u0027s already done a gap year. Where can I find \u0027gap year survivors\u0027?\r\nGoing on a gap year is one of the most exciting times of your life and people want to share their experiences, so there\u0027ll be no shortage of advice from people who have been there, done that.\r\nThere are a number of blogs where people chat about their gap year experiences and ask questions of what to expect. Look out for people\u0027s individual websites as well, where they\u0027ve uploaded their gap year experiences in stories, diary entries and photographs.\r\nAsk some gap year organizations if you can be put in touch with others who\u0027ve gone before you.\r\nWhat if I get homesick while I\u0027m away?\r\nFirst of all don\u0027t worry about it. It is perfectly normal for you to get homesick while you\u0027re away. Travelling either on your own or with friends and others you\u0027ve met along the way will be exciting, but 12 months is also a long time to be away from family, close friends and the familiarity of home.\r\nIf you get homesick, talk with others from the same country as you. Reminisce about all the things you\u0027re missing and all the things you\u0027re not, this might put it into perspective.\r\nIt\u0027s also a good idea to have things to look forward to. That way you won\u0027t dwell on home so much.\r\nWhat happens once I\u0027ve finished my gap year?\r\nOnce you\u0027ve finished your gap year, the idea is that you start on your tertiary education. The gap year is designed to give you a year off studying between finishing school at 18 and starting as an undergraduate student at university.\r\nThe prospect of sitting in lecture theatres, handing in assignments and studying for exams, may not be as appealing as the white water rafting, the bus trips or the community work you\u0027ve spent the last 12 months experiencing but just because you\u0027re starting at university doesn\u0027t mean you have to stop travelling.\r\nMost universities have study abroad programs and if you work during your studies this can always fund some trips during your holidays.