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Posted Jan. 10, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments

Sophie Gates spent part of a gap year working in South Africa with the African Conservation Experience. I knew when I applied to study veterinary medicine at university that getting in was going to be difficult, so it came as no surprise that I narrowly missed the grades. I decided to take a gap year and reapply, but wanted to make the most of my year out and do something I may never get the chance to do again. I started looking online for gap year trips where I could work alongside vets in other countries. Deciding on Africa was ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 5 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Raleigh International: Beatrice Phillips

Beatrice Phillips spent part of her gap year teaching and trekking in Tanzania with Raleigh International. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I chose to participate in a gap year program because I wanted an opportunity that would really challenge me to get out of my comfort zone. Before I pursued higher education, I wanted to explore a new culture and face challenges that would help me prepare for the next phase of my life. How did you decide which gap year program was right for you? ? I was offered the choice of multiple ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 6 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Cross Cultural Solutions: Katie Hale

Katie Hale spent part of her gap year focused on learning Spanish in Guatemala through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? About two weeks after committing to a college and graduating high school I received my housing information for what would have been my freshman year and I immediately realized three months was not a long enough break for me. I needed time to rejuvenate so when I do start college I can be fully focused and take full advantage of my education. How did you decide which gap year program was right ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
InnerPathWorks: Jake Bagley

Jake Bagley worked with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks during his gap year. Why did you choose to train with InnerPathWorks? I chose to train with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks because I was at a point in my life where I needed direction and Randy's program ended up being exactly what I needed. I later came to realize it was a perfect example of Coyote teaching. How did you research and decide which gap program was right for you? Randy's program was recommended to me by a good friend of Randy's. After speaking with Randy and reviewing the preliminary paperwork and ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Worldstamp Gap Year Program: Katie Pekarske

Katie Pekarske particpated in the WorldStamp gap year program, part of Dream Volunteers. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? When I was applying for colleges, I felt like something wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, which made me hesitant about any schools or programs. When I heard about WorldStamp, I just had a feeling that it was what I was supposed to do. I felt like there was so much more of the world and myself to discover that I wouldn’t be able to understand unless I did something ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Taylor the Gap: Meg Stolberg

Meg Stolberg got help planning her gap year from Taylor the Gap. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t use the experience I gained from my gap year. In South America, I was challenged daily by living with a host family, learning a new language, and developing greater independence. During me D.C. internship, I also had to navigate new situations and push my abilities and myself. For the last part of my gap year, I travelled throughout New Zealand and completed community service for a month in the outback of Australia. When I reflected on the past ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Testive: Jessica Swanson

Meet Jessica, a junior in high school. She is currently taking a full course load, including three AP classes (Chemistry, U.S. History and English Language), plays three sports (cross country, ice hockey, and track) and is a member of the chemistry club at her high school. Through all this, she maintains good grades and is looking to attend Amherst College next year. With this schedule, Jessica had a hard time fitting in SAT prep. That was when she turned to Testive. How did your SAT scores change over time? I received a baseline score of 1980 when I took the ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Travel For Teens: Katie Curran

Katie Curran traveled to Germany, France and England with Travel for Teens the summer of 2014 at age 16. She visited Berlin, Paris and London. Reason to get out of my comfort zone: I have a true passion for traveling, and I always want to explore new places. Travel for Teens looked like an amazing organization that would allow me to experience three dynamic cities as a traveler instead of a tourist. To me, travel is a great adventure of self-exploration. Through my experiences, travel has become the blood that fills my veins, making me who I am. As a ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 3 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Middlebury Interactive Language Academy: Abigail Benz

Abigail Benz spent part of a summer in a Spanish Immersion program with the Middlebury Interactive Language Academy. Beep, Beep, Beep. It was seven o’clock in the morning on my first day at the Spanish Academy. “Buenos dias, Abigail. Tiempo para desayunar,” said my roommate. My head was spinning, and I was confused. I was thinking in English but I was supposed to be speaking Spanish. Welcome to the immersion experience! My first morning went fairly smoothly (cereal? check!), but I hit my first roadblock at lunch. I wanted some pepper from the middle of the table but it was ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MarineQuest at UNCW: Mark Makowski

Mark Makowski spent part of his summer in the MarineQuest program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Marine science has always been a large part of my life. Since I was a little kid, I wanted to become a marine biologist. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I attended MarineQuest’s summer residential programs O.C.E.A.N.S. in 2013 and Oceans-17 in 2014. Sophomore year of high school, I started to think about potential colleges I would want to attend to get my degree in marine ...

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