A NEW international scheme is recruiting students to help save other gap year volunteers from their own stupidity.
New figures show that around 56% of volunteers in Cambodia are living in squalor after falling off motorbikes or chopping their toes off with a shovel.
A Volunteer Aid spokesman said: “Thousands of gap year volunteers face a desperate situation.
“They either lack the basic common sense to get themselves to the airport, or cannot eat due to a lack of change for vending machines.
“In some of the poorer villages residents are threatening to kill our gap year students with blunt instruments unless they go home soon.”
21-year-old Nikki Hollis has just returned from helping volunteers in Thailand: “One group of students turned to drugs after going out to build a school and realising they were incapable of manual labour.
“You can see that their mental condition is deteriorating when they start to think The Alchemist is a good book.
“Often they just need basic education, like someone telling them that the orange thing in the sky is what’s making their skin go sore.”