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Category: Gap Years

Posted May 23, 2017, 10:35 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

Do you like to celebrate the risk-takers, the explorers, the out-of-the-box thinkers? Join TeenLife and other organizations in spreading the word about #gapdecisionday, May 25, 2017, and help to spotlight all the students – maybe yours! – who are taking a gap year between high school and college. If you have a student graduating from high school who’s going on a gap year – or who’s already done it – share on social media with the hashtag #gapdecisionday. Give your student a chance to be recognized just like his or her classmates who are headed straight to college. And in ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 11:19 a.m. by Amy Anthony | View Comments

For some students, a gap year is a chance to get in touch with their spiritual side or to learn more about their faith. There are several gap year programs that combine adventure, community service and even academics with contemplation or religious study. Below are some examples of spiritual or faith related gap year programs. Young Judaea Year Course – Gap Year in Israel Where: Bat Yam and Jerusalem Duration: Nine months Cost: Approximately $24,000; check the website for details. Students in this program, which is the oldest gap year program in Israel, can expect a challenge and an adventure, ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2017, 2:21 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Gap Year Advisors

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, you might feel like there are a lot of possible directions – and you’d be right. “There are thousands and thousands of options out there,” says Jason Sarouhan, vice president of The Center for Interim Programs. “Not all of them are created equally, and certainly not all of them are reputable or are going to provide you with a safe experience, let alone an experience that you’re going to find valuable.” So how do you narrow things down? Maybe you need a gap year advisor. Gap year advisors (also called counselors or ...

Posted Dec. 29, 2016, 2:03 p.m. by Claire Ashmead | View Comments
gap year china

A gap year allows you to slow down, check up on yourself and ask what it is that really matters to you. I began my gap year by making a map of myself. I was sitting outside a noodle house in the small village of Shaxi in Yunnan Province. It was late September, and I had finally realized that I was taking a gap year not just to practice my Chinese but also because I felt profoundly lost. This was reflected in the archipelago I drew to represent my mind: a Land of Curiosity, an Isle of Ambivalence and a ...

Posted Dec. 20, 2016, 3:03 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
gap guide

It takes a lot of hard work to get into college, and it’s a big financial commitment. Those are both good reasons to take the time to discover more about yourself and the world before diving back into academics. Download If you’re thinking of taking a gap year or semester, our 2017 Guide to Gap Year Programs is the perfect tool for exploring your options and planning your time, or finding an independent advisor who can help you. Research shows that college-bound students benefit enormously by taking a break between high school and college and that time out from academics ...

Posted Dec. 8, 2016, 2:32 p.m. by Amy Williams | View Comments
Gap year application tips

Are you thinking about taking a gap year between high school and college? Teachers, parent, and friends may have advised you to apply to college and then ask to defer admission for a year once you are accepted. But, this strategy doesn’t work for everyone. After all, getting into a university is intensely competitive, so there’s no guarantee you will get into the school of your dreams straight out of high school. And some high school graduates may want to take time off to figure out their finances or decide if college is the appropriate next step. Regardless of the ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2016, 12:12 p.m. by Greg Belanger | View Comments
Ocean Passages gap year program crew ship

Historic change is underway in Cuba and Ocean Passages’ gap-year program combines traditional hands-on sailing with a chance to experience this transformation along the island’s spectacular southern coastline. Aboard the 130-foot schooner Harvey Gamage, you’ll navigate by the stars, snorkel on remote reefs, explore cays and mangroves – and engage directly in the dialogue about a post-embargo Cuba. The voyages seize this moment to explore the causes and effects from the unique perspective of a Tall Ship and with a commitment to responsible stewardship of the marine environment. Ocean Passages offers fall and spring “Adventure with Purpose” voyages along the ...

Posted Nov. 17, 2016, 9 a.m. by Karyn Koven, Ed.D | View Comments
7 Things to Consider When Planning a Gap Year

Each year millions of high school seniors contend for coveted spots at the most prestigious universities. Persisting through the fray has become a rite of passage at high schools across the nation. Pressure to compete in the college admissions game has turned some students into robot-like machines, frying their circuits on over-programmed schedules of extracurricular activities, volunteering, and homework while they overdose on AP exams, SATs, ACTs and subject exams throughout their high school years. What has become the traditional high school experience leaves some students feeling burned out and longing for a way to reignite their passion for learning. ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
How to Have a Gap Year and Stay Close to Home

Spending months working on a farm in New Zealand or hiking the Appalachian Trail can be the adventure of a lifetime, but it’s possible to find meaningful challenges without getting a passport or even hitting the highway. It could be a matter of finances or a low threshold for exotic places. For some students, a gap year away from school but close to home is a better fit. It could be a gap year volunteer opportunity or a paid internship or a full- or part-time job. There are all kinds of ways to do a gap year. “You might not ...

Posted Oct. 26, 2016, 9 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Get the Insider’s View at AU’s Gap Program

If you’re interested in a meaningful gap experience, look no further than Washington, D.C. Luckily for students in American University’s Gap Program in Washington, they are at the center of the action and getting an up-close view of an international capital that has an active role in shaping the world. The AU Gap Program is home to 10 to 20 students each semester in which students experience seminars, field trips and internships. Students live on the 84-acre AU campus in the District of Columbia (only four miles from the White House!). The program is open to high school graduates who ...

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