Based in Boulder, Colorado, Taylor The Gap customizes students' gap year planning needs drawing from Marion Taylor's background in social work, in parenting four gap children, in vetting of programs, and from her personal gap experiences. GYA accredited and a former GYA board member, Marion speaks at gap fairs, high schools, and colleges.
Comprehensive services include an initial free consult, an assessment of students’ interests and goals, "tailored" matches with vetted domestic and international programs, student and parent alumni referrals, facilitated communications with program staff, and evaluations mid and end of gap. Gap Year opportunities include: Volunteer/Community Service, Academic/Post-Graduate Study, Work/Internships, Travel/Language Immersion, Environmental/Conservation Programs, and Wilderness/Adventure Programs, and independently designed gap experiences.
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"My gap year was, and will always be, the greatest year of my life, and I have Taylor The Gap to thank for all of it! Her recommendations were superb and I loved the helpful advice she emailed me along the way. She is well informed and easy to reach, and her first priority was for me to enjoy my year as much as possible."
"It was such a pleasure to work with Marion on my gap year plan as she efficiently demystified what could have been a very confusing, stressful process. She paid attention to my specific desires and goals and showed me a wide range of options. Marion used her own experience and knowledge to encourage me to take my gap year somewhere where I had never been before, and her consistent communication, both with me and with the leaders of the programs, made me feel like I was on top of it all."
From a student who explored global issues in Bolivia and Ecuador and studied Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Marion was a joy to work with and gave me insight into the structure of various gap programs. She put me into direct contact with program directors of prospective opportunities and without her, my gap year would have turned out vastly different. She is eager to work with you; her services are thorough, and she cares to find the right gap year for you. I recommend Taylor the Gap because she is an expert in the field and will connect you to the people you need."
From Andrea who volunteered in a conservation program in New Zealand, traveled in Southeast Asia, and both worked with women in cottage industries in Katmandu and trekked in Nepal. "Marion Taylor knows nearly everything to know about gap years. If you have any anxiety for you or your child's gap year, she is a great resource and she will steer you in the right direction."
From Seth who traveled in Southeast Asia, Panama, India, and backpacked independently in Eastern Europe. "Marion took time to get to know me well before recommending specific gap companies based on a best-fit methodology of conversations and questionnaires. She was always easy to reach and aided me with every step, allowing me to balance my gap year planning with school, college applications, standardized tests, and extracurricular activities."
From Brad who traveled in Argentina, Baja, and Indonesia. " Marion walked me through all of my dreams and examined every possibility, giving each the attention and care it deserved as a real opportunity. Throughout the whirlwind of potential gap experiences, she always remained focused on me as an individual. She adroitly selected the programs that would allow the most growth while having me explore a very different culture and experience the greatest adventure."
"Marion's assistance with selecting a gap semester for my daughter was invaluable in navigating the various programs. Marion was conscientious about my child's particular needs and desired outcome. I was confident that my child was going to have a safe and exciting cultural immersion experience."
"Marion took on the challenge of helping our daughter structure her gap semester and handled everything with grace and expertise. She swiftly got to know our daughter and her ideas and goals well, while hearing and respecting our parental concerns and boundaries. We are deeply grateful for Marion's help and guidance."
"Taylor the Gap took a lot of the worry out of our daughter's gap year. We knew the programs she was considering had been vetted by Marion and would deliver what they promised. When our daughter decided mid-year to change her plans, Marion responded quickly to help her find alternative programs on short notice." From Susan, mother of gap year student who traveled in Borneo and volunteered in Thailand and South Africa.
"I hired Marion to help my struggling niece who lived out of state and was a senior in high school. She was conflicted on whether she should apply to art school or college or go traveling after high school. Marion worked with her via e-mail and Skype and helped my niece explore various Gap Year programs. I'm happy to report my niece ended up doing two different linguistics programs in Prague and Russia last year. She is starting college this Fall in Arizona and will be studying Linguistics and Art." From Georgette, the aunt of a young woman who studied in Prague and Russia over the course of her gap year.
In return for what we thought was a very reasonable consultant fee, Marion met with our son to interview him, understand his passions, concerns, and fears, and suggest a variety of vetted programs for him to further research. At subsequent meetings, they worked through his short list to select the (truly!) perfect program. She continued to be a resource with applications, deadlines, and now upon his return, she has been very helpful through the not-always-easy process of applying for college credit at the home university.
Marion comes with my highest recommendation for her knowledge, empathy, energy, and follow through. She made a daunting and complicated process vastly easier, taking our parental stress level down several notches. What a great resource!"