While attending college right after high school is the usual route for most students, taking a year off to travel, volunteer, or study abroad are becoming popular options.
Gap Year Programs and Resources
The following list includes organizations that offer programs for students interested in planning for a gap year. With a little reseach and self-reflection about personal needs and interests, it will be noted that there are numerous opportunities available to study abroad, volunteer, complete an internship and much more.
AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether the service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, AmeriCorps helps get things done. For more information about the program, benefits, and eligibility requirements, visit www.americorps.org
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE):offers college-bound graduates an opportunity to acquire a broader global persepective, foster independence, and gain self-knowledge. The Gap Year abroad program offer teaching work, language immersion programs and gap year volunteer work. For more information about the program and to apply, visitwww.ciee.org
City Year offers young adults a full-year experience to make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods in 17 U.S locations and South Africa. Eligible candidates must be at least 17 to 24 years of age, a high school graduate, and willing to dedicate at least 10 months to full-time service. Living stipends and health insurance are included in their benefits. For more information, visit www.cityyear.org
Gap-Year this website offers a plethors of information related to gap year opportunities, including travel abroad, work, and volunteer activities. More information is available at www.gap-year.com
Studyabroad offers information on study opportunities in another country, as well as volunteer and internship programs. www.studyabroad.com
STATravel offers gap-year travel and planning information. They also offer travel insurance packages. To learn more, visit www.statravel.com
Global LAB Programs offers dynamic programs every fall and spring in India, Morocco, Greece, and China for young people ages 17-22, particularily those deferring college to embark on an interim or "gap" year. For more information, visit http://www.global-lab.org/programs/