Recession forces gap year students to stay away

By staff

School and university leavers travelling overseas on their gap year are staying away from the UK in unprecedented numbers because of the recession, it has been revealed.

Projects Abroad has received a growing number of requests from young people who do not want to return home because of the grim prospects of finding jobs.

More than 130 requests have been made this year on behalf of youngsters working in third world countries.

The firm’s chairman, Dr Peter Slowe, said: “In nearly 20 years of operation we have never seen young people basically not wanting to come back home. This is a new phenomenon.”

The situation is made more serious by the increased number of school and university-leavers planning gap years because of the recession.