Gap Year Programs
The gap year is a temporary interruption of one’s academic or professional programs. The pause does not have to last a year, in fact it can last 3 months, 6 months etc.
It is now a consolidated habit in Anglo-Saxon countries to take time to access training experiences, volunteering, and career training, thus adding an international parenthesis to one’s CV.
In our country, Italy, with the introduction of important regulations and the working situation that is struggling to start, more and more young people do not opt to go abroad investing in volunteer programs, professional experience in a company or studying languages to then get back into the game with a heavier CV.
The programs offered by prime Courses are aimed at people who want to go abroad to learn or consolidate a language and at the same time have a unique experience not to be forgotten.
In order to succeed in “full marks” during a volunteer program, an unpaid work experience or during paid work experience etc. you must be able to communicate effectively in the language of the selected country.
Being totally immersed in a foreign language environment and having the great fortune of having an extended period to be able to live and study it, thus allows natural integration. It is highly advisable given the period available to officially certify the course. The content of the courses is of a general nature, such as the content of standard or intensive courses. The only substantial difference is the focus on technical preparation to pass the exams.
The official certification is also a point of arrival (acquired level), but above all a starting point for taking new roads as a preparation course for an English University for example.
For those unwilling to continue, an exam also represents a reference point for companies that are increasingly looking for candidates with a medium-high level certificate. Don’t waste time, start traveling and learning!
Volunteer program combined with a language course
Why not learn a language through a public aid project?
The projects are many, and all are aimed at the rapid learning of the chosen language and the moral and physical support for local volunteering programs.
You will initially follow a language course to acquire, refresh and consolidate the linguistic knowledge that will allow you to interact with other colleagues involved in the same project fluidly.
Once your linguistic situation is strengthened, you will choose the program of your interest. Daily situations will allow you to share unforgettable experiences on a professional and human level. This opportunity will provide you with a chance to deal with local staff but also with volunteers from other countries who, like you, wanted to take this path.
The programs available range from social, to sustainable development, to education etc. and only through a correct use of the language you will have the best satisfactions. This program requires commitment and dedication, but in return it will offer you an unforgettable experience made of human contacts and cultural insights.
The internship always takes off after having attended a language course, this to be sure that the intern has acquired the necessary linguistic skills that will allow her to fulfill the requirements of the internship.
During the first phase, you will be helped as well as in the linguistic part in the part of selection of the unpaid internship. By filling in a form that identifies interests, objectives and above all your abilities, the staff will guide you in filling out your CV and cover letter.
The staff will also help you in preparing interviews with potential employers, so as to have a more real view of the world of work in a country that is not yours.
Once you are part of a work group, the difference is made by your linguistic preparation, your availability but above all your desire to get involved! The sectors are numerous, and we are certain that at the end of your unpaid internship you will be fully satisfied with the results achieved.
Commit yourself, because this opportunity will create you a job once you return to your country! And for those who opt to extend their stay abroad, it will be an excellent starting point for entering the world of work abroad.
Also for this program the candidate is required to attend a language course to prepare for the world of work. The procedure remains the same, for unpaid internships, but giving the candidate the opportunity to earn a minimum wage to finance your stay abroad. The type of work offered will depend on the age of the candidate, the sector requested, the professional experience and the demands of the company offering the job.
Working during a language course is legally permitted if you are part of the European Community.
Since there are cities (Dublin, Galway, London, Oxford and Brighton) that offer countless job opportunities, a free service of intermediation between the local labor markets and international student communities, called the ” job club “!
The job club provides an exchange platform, which will allow students and employers to get in touch and make the required “match” – offer!
The service offers interested students the opportunity to meet for free every week where:
- will receive up-to-date information on job opportunities
- will receive information on the laws in force, minimum wage received, duties of the worker, rights of the worker etc.
- assistance with filling in job applications,
- correction of CV cover letters
- explanations of job proposals + detailed information of the potential employer
If you are ready to go, and you have the desire, the motivation, the flexibility to undertake a job abroad, hurry up because the job for you is already on the bulletin board !!
For students who prefer to continue their studies in an academic setting, we offer courses that will allow you to obtain diplomas, degrees from one of the many universities or private colleges. The courses offered offer purely international contexts and allow you to work in parallel with the academic program.