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More gap year students fly to South Africa

Students are most likely to fly to South Africa on their gap year, according to new research from the Year Out Group

Students are most likely to fly to South Africa on their gap year, according to new research from the Year Out Group.

Figures from the not-for-profit organisation revealed that the country was closely followed by Canada and Kenya as the most popular countries for structured gap year placements.

Commenting on the findings, Richard Oliver, chief executive of Year Out Group, said that more gap year students were booking flights to their gap year destinations.

"The number of individuals embarking on volunteering projects, expeditions, structured work placements, courses and cultural exchanges is on the increase – Year Out Group members alone sent nearly 47,000 people on gap year schemes in 2007," he said.

The findings also showed that the UK is no longer placed inside the top 12 destinations, as more adventurous students look to fly further afield.

Peru, Tanzania and India all remained popular, while Ecuador and the US saw an increase in the number of British students taking a gap year there.

A report in the Guardian earlier this month suggested that fewer students may take gap years in the future in the face of rising rents at university and an uncertain financial future.

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