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Until September 30 travellers on the Eurostar to Paris can get a ticket to La Cite, the museum of science and industry, for 35FF instead of the usual 45FF. And on the museum's 10th anniversary, Cresta Holidays is offering families (two adults with up to two children under 12) a return trip to Paris by Eurostar from Pounds 254 including one night's bed and breakfast (until August 31). Details: 0161 929 0000.

AUGUST 12-SEPTEMBER 6 FREE SUMMER HELPLINE FOR SIXTH FORM PLACES The Independent Schools Information Service and the Conference for Independent Further Education are working together to offer a wide choice of last-minute vacancies in schools or independent sixth-form and tutorial colleges. The numbers are: 0171 233 7297, 0171 233 7397 (excluding Sundays and Bank Holiday), and 0171 630 8793.

BUNACAMP Full-time students and those planning a year off before higher education are invited to apply for Bunacamp's Work AmericaCanada programmes. Participants can take a job for up to 12 months or become Bunacamp counsellors (age range 19-35) at children's summer camps in the USA for eight weeks. Air fare, board, accommodation and salary are included and time allowed at the end for travel around the host country. The Work Australia scheme offers 18 to 25-year-olds the chance to work and travel "down under" for up to a year. Details: 0171 251 0662.

COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS CSV volunteers gain valuable skills and experience which, according to a recent CSV survey of 500 top UK companies, look better on a CV than backpacking or an involvement in student politics. Applications are welcomed from students planning a gap year, or from anyone aged 16 to 35 who is willing to work away from home for four to 12 months. Placements range from working on Glasgow streets with homeless young people to living and working with people with learning difficulties in a rural community in Wales. Volunteers receive free accommodation, food and Pounds 22.50 weekly allowance. Details: 0171 278 6601.

MARY ROSE E-MAIL PROJECT A primary school in Brisbane, Australia, wishes to link up with a British primary school via e-mail in order to research questions and discuss findings about the Mary Rose exhibition in Portsmouth. Rochedale State School saw the Mary Rose touring exhibition when it visited Australia last year and would like to hear from a British school visiting the permanent exhibition this year. Contact Gareth Dupre at: uk.

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