Looking for a truly inspirational gap year experience? Then Step Into the Gap!

Great news for anyone aged between 18 and 30 looking to make a real difference with their gap year: the application deadline for CAFOD’s Step Into the Gap programme has been extended to 23 May!

Picture by Victoria Ahmed

2012 Step Into the Gap participants Josh McKenna and Clare Smith with Bong County Awareness Programme youth leaders and Centre for Justice and Peace partners in Liberia.

Step Into the Gap is a once in a lifetime chance for young people passionate about helping others to witness and get involved with CAFOD’s work both here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities. Gappers will be involved in a wide range of activities, from working with young people in schools and parishes, to going on a four week overseas visit to one of our many partners in developing countries. This is a unique chance to meet incredible people, hear amazing stories and gain an intimate understanding of the work done by CAFOD and its partners.

Naomi, who previously took part in Step Into the Gap, said:

“It has been an empowering experience for me in all aspects – from community living and youth ministry in my placement, to our visit to CAFOD partners and projects in Sierra Leone – allowing me to grow spiritually, emotionally and in my own global awareness.”

The programme lasts for 10 months, with participants receiving accomodation, a monthly allowance, travel expenses, training, support and mentoring.

To make sure that no one misses out on the chance to apply for this life-changing programme, the closing date for applications has now been moved to Thursday 23 May. If you would like to find out more, and to apply for a place, visit www.cafod.org.uk/stepintothegap or email youngleadership@cafod.org.uk.

Want an example of some of the great ways past gappers have been inspired by their experience? Check out this beautiful animation about peace efforts in Rwanda which was made by previous Step Into the Gap participant Sasha Langford, taking inspiration from CAFOD’s Connect2 programme:

Want to connect with people in the developing world but don’t have the time to take a year out? Why not see if your parish can get involved in CAFOD’s Connect2 programme and form a strong bond of mutual prayer and support with a community in Asia, Africa or Latin America. To find out more visit www.cafod.org.uk/connect2

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