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Wonderful Ways to Have a Gap Year

These days, more and more young people are choosing to take time off before heading to college or university, and it's becoming not only more acceptable to do so, but maybe even beneficial. This collections offers programs, advice and ideas to help you help your school leavers decide what the appropriate next step might be.
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Wonderful Ways to Have a Gap Year
  • Amy Watson says:
    AIFS offer academic Gap Year programs all over the world. Students can study whilst experiencing another culture as well as earning college credits!
  • Amy Watson says:
    Interim Programs is America's longest running Gap Year organization. They offer a range of programs catering for those interested in art, culture, animals, community and more!
  • Amy Watson says:
    This website is useful for Gap Year ideas that are beneficial for those wishing to use it as a platform for university or employment. It offers many ideas on how to get the most out of that year.
  • mindthegapyear.com
    mindthegapyear.com

    Preparing for a Gap Year

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    Amy Watson says:
    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.
  • theguardian.com
    theguardian.com

    Why I Took a Working Gap Year

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    Amy Watson says:
    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.
  • Amy Watson says:
    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.
  • Amy Watson says:
    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.
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