Africa is the top destination for gap-year students wanting to travel and do voluntary work after their studies.
South Africa was the most popular spot, with Tanzania second and Ghana ninth in a list compiled by the Year Out Group. Canada was in third position, with India fourth, Peru fifth and the UK, where voluntary work opportunities are growing, sixth.
Year Out Group chief executive Richard Oliver said: "Africa is more popular than ever as a gap-year destination. There's a massive variety of activities to choose from, providing a plethora of opportunities for gap year travellers both to make a difference and to have a life-changing experience."
Mr Oliver went on: "A gap year may seem synonymous with travel abroad, but there's a wide range of options in Britain. Whether learning a new skill, volunteering or filling a structured work placement, gappers will gain similar knowledge and experiences at significantly less cost in the UK. In addition they have the choice of being based at home or gaining their independence by moving temporarily."