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Welcome to the Health and Wellbeing area of the site! Here you'll find articles on how to maintain your physical and mental health whilst on your international placement.



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  • We all know the statistics: mental health problems affect between 1-in-3 and 1-in-4 Britons at some point in their life. So, with that in mind, there’s a good chance that a few of us who suffer from mental health problems are jetting off to study or work abroad each semester. These conditions, while they should never affect anyone’s chances of doing something potentially so life changing, can complicate matters somewhat. So here’s a handy guide to what to think about before you set off.
  • It's so important to stay fit and healthy on your year abroad, but it's a lot easier if you have a goal in mind. Everyone secretly wants to run a half or full marathon, so why not take advantage of the fact that you're abroad and can run in the sun?! Now's your chance! Here's a list of the top marathons and half marathons in the world, with some first time marathon stories and training programmes to make the whole process less scary...
  • When it comes to staying healthy on your year abroad (and before and after!), it helps to have a fitness goal with a huge element fun! Here is our definitive list of the best fancy dress runs, walks and bike rides for when you're back in the UK (in no particular order)...

  • What to take with you on your flight

    Written by  Arthur Reagan Monday, 03 October 2011
    You’ve booked your travel, going with X airline to your chosen destination and you’re pretty excited. Now you’re all packed, suitcase-wise, having picked your best gear to go explore the world of the year abroad, you just need to sort out your hand luggage. Just what do you bring on a long-haul flight? How do you fill out 8+ hours of chair, window, noisy brat in front and skyline for company? Here our top must-have items to help you through it:
  • Fancy dress Fun Runs worldwide

    Written by  Lizzie Fane Friday, 25 March 2011

    Spring has sprung, and with it comes the irrational desire to go outside with bare legs at weekends and, of course, to get fit for the summer.  What better way to do so than to dig out your wackiest costumes and accessories and pound the streets for charity?! Wherever you find yourself, pre- or post-year abroad, there must be a charity worth embarrassing yourself for at the perfect Fun Run. Find out where the best ones are here!

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