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Taking a Gap Year

Why might a Gap Year be a good idea for me?

GAP YEAR refers to experiences that a high school graduate can take part in between their high school and college years. This is the time to explore and experience new activities and opportunities. High school graduates doing a gap year are taking the time to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. They have opportunities to take part in internships, community service, travel programs and volunteer opportunities.


Things to consider before taking a Gap Year:

  • Why do you want to do this?
  • What do you hope to learn from this experience?
  • What type of program are you considering-- local, national, international?
  • What is the emphasis of the program-- academic, volunteering, internship, teaching, getting certified in a skill, etc.?
  • What is the cost? Is cost a factor and how can I supplement it?
  • What are the health requirements (vaccinations) needed?
  • What are safety issues I need to be aware of when traveling?
  • How will I stay in touch with my family and friends?


National Gap Year Programs

International Gap Year Programs