A simple, yet beneficial resource highlighting the importance of planning for a Gap Year. It is best to discuss these ideas with pupils early on in the year so they can consider their options and make the best choice for them. If they do decide to take a Gap Year, they can then make use of the rest of the year making all the necessary preparations.
This real life article is written from the perspective of one girl who took her Gap Year at home. She highlights the benefits, explaining to others that you do not need to outlay money or travel too far from home in order to gain useful experiences. I find this is a handy article to share with those pupils who are still unsure of what to do after school.
If you are American-based, then these ideas are all in your pupils' own backyard- no need to apply for visas and complete hours and hours of paperwork! Students can mix and match with seasonal work, whilst non-US students can combine work and travel with some useful help regarding visas.
An easy to read guide full of statistics, graphs and charts outlying the benefits of a Gap Year. It is important to note that this guide is being presented by the American Gap Association, so their aim is to promote the Gap Year experience. However, if you have any students who are already warming to the idea, this information may just convince them to follow through.