China? Gap year?

africaasiaventure_0515Africa & Asia Venture‘s project offers exposure to and experience of both ‘first’ and developing world China.  Starting with a four-week home-stay and Mandarin course in the affluent city of Hangzhou you will then move to The Thousand Island Lakes area where you will be teaching English to impoverished children.

Not just gap years, China and teaching!
AV also offer Art, Drama, Music and Dance; Community work; and Sports coaching as volunteering and summer projects in India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Festivals? Try volunteering or stewarding…

Yes, you’ll have to work but it’s a great opportunity for making useful contacts, and to hear some great bands and artists at festivals such as Womad, Bestival, Latitude and Download?  Adzuna blogged about this (May 2013).

Check out the links below, look for opportunities with other charities, or use a search engine to find possible opportunities:

Music jobs – places to look

Have a look at these two websites for possible music jobs:

  • Music Jobs Music jobs board with forum and music-related blog posts
  • Rhinegold Leading UK publisher for music and the performing arts, producing specialist magazines and directories for the music industry. Contains job listings for music jobs including music education, performing, management and creative roles

Voluntary work

International Citizen Service (ICS) offers you the chance to use the knowledge and skills from your course to help fight global poverty, whilst also developing valuable skills for employment.  ICS is the UK’s leading global volunteering programme that supports young people from all backgrounds to make a real difference to global poverty. Funded by the Department for International Development, we’re building a generation of global citizens.

Restless Development is the youth-led development agency. We know that young people have the energy, commitment and skills to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

  • WHAT  On a 12-week placement, you’ll work with young people on exciting and valuable programmes. You could be:
  1. Part of a business enterprise programme, supporting young people to develop the skills needed to run their own business
  2. Running dance4life workshops, which involve using dance and music to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS
  3. Running fun and interactive careers fairs for young people
  4. Running computer training sessions for young people who have limited access to IT equipment

When you return to the UK, you’ll be involved in exciting social action projects to raise awareness of the issues you encountered on placement overseas. Continue reading

Media resources

Take a look at

  • Exploring career options on the PCC site for useful resources
  • Industry Insights on the Prospects site
  • Media Volt is a media industry social community site for those in, or trying to break into the industry, whether you’re an actor, extra, music artist, dancer, model or in TV and film production.  The site lists events and jobs