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Author: Jane Sarouhan

Jane Sarouhan - along with her husband Jason - is the founder of J2Guides, a gap year counseling service that puts student empowerment, expertise and affordability at the forefront of the gap year planning process. Jane has devoted her 25-year career to experiential education. After her own gap year she worked as a field instructor, guiding students on service-learning programs in Africa, Asia and Central America. She spent a decade as a Director of a national nonprofit, developing international

Posted June 16, 2020, 12:19 p.m. by Jane Sarouhan | View Comments
Gap Year Ideas

You do not need to leave the country - or your home - to have a meaningful gap year. Long before Coronavirus, we have been defining the gap year as a period of time when an individual takes a deliberate pause from school or work to pursue interests, skills and personal growth. Note that this definition says nothing of the location, activity or cost. As college campuses and travel experiences will all be significantly modified this fall, a gap year close to home – with the right blend of intention, structure, mentorship and peers - may very well be the ...