5 reasons to take a gap year with CAFOD

Step into the Gap is an opportunity to take a gap year where you make a difference by inspiring others to create a more just and peaceful world. The 10-month programme is for 18-30 year olds who want to spend a year in the service of others whilst also learning about themselves and the world we live in.

  • Developing Leadership skills

CAFOD hosts training sessions as a chance to develop your leadership skills. You will be able to put this into action in your local community when you organise events, lead sessions, deliver talks, write articles, and possibly even speak on local radio.

  • Get experience in a work environment

At the end of your year with CAFOD you will be equipped with valuable skills to take into the workplace. Our gap year volunteers have gone on to teach, gained internships in international development, become charity communication officers, policy interns, and some even now work at CAFOD! Where will you end up?

  • Empower and inspire future generations

You will be based on a placement in a youth retreat centre, school or university chaplaincy, and will spend your time interacting with children and young people. You’ll help them to learn about global issues and inspire them to take action. This is perfect experience if you want to work in teaching, chaplaincy or youth work, or just build your confidence more generally.

  • Grow your faith

Over the year, you will have the opportunity to explore and grow your faith. You can learn more about the Church’s teaching on key documents such as Laudato Si’. You don’t have to be Catholic to be part of the programme, but we expect you to have an understanding of the Catholic Church as you will be living in a Catholic community.

  • Get to meet like-minded people

Our past gappers look back on their year with fondness and part of the reason for that is the friends they have made as part of the year. Whether as part of your placement or as part of the Step into the Gap team, you will meet people who have similar interests to you and others who are interested in global justice and taking action.

Learn more about CAFOD’s gap year

Changemakers in Lima

Paolo, 19

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Paolo lives in Lima, the second driest capital city in the world.

Climate change is hitting the city hard, with predictions that Lima could run out of drinking water in less than 20 years. CAFOD is supporting local experts to work with Paolo and other young people to raise awareness about these issues.

High in the steep hillside at the edge of the city, Paolo and other volunteers are building vital staircases, enabling their neighbours to reach their homes in safety, and escape quickly in the event of a landslide, earthquake or fire.

Paolo is changing the future of his community.

Find out more about Paolo and the other changemakers of Lima, at cafod.org,uk/getinvolved and more about CAFOD’s work in Peru.

Souper Soup Lunch in Tenby

The Ladies Guild: sterling soup makers!

On Sunday 13 October, the Ladies Guild at Holyrood & St Teilo parish in Tenby presented a wonderful array of tasty soups to tempt parishioners as they came into the hall to support CAFOD’s Harvest appeal.

Seven fantastic soup choices included minestrone, tomato, lentil and chorizo, spicy butternut squash, leek and potato, red pepper and butternut squash and pumpkin and potato,

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Schools giving it up to transform lives

Yr 4 from St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School in Swansea presenting the Give It Up assembly to the whole school!

Pupils from across the Archdiocese of Cardiff (including Menevia & Herefordshire) have given up some of their favourite things this Lent to help communities around the world who have been affected by climate change, as part of this year’s Give It Up Lent fundraising campaign.

In assemblies presented by our wonderful school volunteer team, children heard about the challenges that Mahinur and her family in Bangladesh are facing.

Mahinur lives by a river with her husband Khalek and 12-year-old son Rabiul, who both have disabilities. She relies on fishing in the river to support her family, but last year it dried up and all the fish died.

The fish have not returned. Some days the family just drink water for dinner. This is not right. God has given enough resources on this planet for everyone.

No one should go hungry.  So how how to inspire children to recognise need and to be motivated to help?

The idea is a simple one:  choose something, give it up and donate the money saved to CAFOD. Continue reading