Gap year programs prepare teens for real life.
Parents, teens, and educators can’t say enough about the benefits of a gap year, typically taken between high school and college. After all, it’s a life-changing experience for teens that fosters self-exploration and helps steer them in a clearer direction when moving on to college. Whether you prefer a travel, special interest, educational, volunteer, or world development program, there are literally hundreds of gap year programs out there. Search the vast array of programs right here. And if you need more help, consider consulting with a Gap Year Program Advisor, also listed on our site.
Before she spent the year after high school graduation working with the Minnesota Reading Corps, Hope Krohn says, “I needed something else to get the wheel turning. I was ready for something new, but it wasn’t college. Not yet.” For Krohn, a year fulltime in the classroom with elementary school students who struggled to read[...]
Recently, the parent of one of my students told me that her daughter’s hairdresser noticed a difference after she returned from her gap year. Although he only sees her a few times a year, he observed, “You can just tell she’s changed.” And he meant it as a compliment. As a gap year advisor, I work [...]
There was a time when even the suggestion of taking a year off before starting college conjured up less than desirable questions: Will the student return to college afterward? How will colleges view the transition? How will the student’s time be spent during his or her break? But as today’s forward-thinkers are realizing, taking a [...]
I’ve heard many parents of rising high school seniors say something along these lines: “My child wants to take a gap year. S/he isn’t sure what to major in and doesn’t feel ready for the pressure and focus of college. I’ve heard a gap year is a good idea. But I don’t know what it[...]
My colleagues and I have been guiding U.S. students through the process of designing gap time for over thirty years. In that time we have seen the birth of many useful technological innovations such as the Internet, Google searches and Facebook; all of which give potential gap students more access to (although not necessarily more[...]
This free guide contains helpful advice from experienced gap year program executives, a look at the gap year experience from the perspective of a college dean of admissions, and interviews with students who have taken a gap year. It also includes handy information on a a variety of programs of different lengths in many categories in the US and abroad, such as Academic, Adventure/Trips, Arts, Community Service, Environmental Conservation, Internship & Work Experience and Travel/Culture.Read the Guide