Gap Year Programs
By definition, a gap year is time out in between life stages. It is also known as a time off, time out, and a year out, even if it is not necessarily 12 months. During the gap year, people typically disengage from their regular education/work and undertake activities such as traveling, volunteering, interning, or working abroad. We have many gap year programs for people of all ages, abilities, and interests. Some gap year travelers are high school graduates and college students, and others can be older working professionals who want to take a career break to do something different.
The trend for a year out is to participate in international education programs that combine cultural immersion, language study, home-stays, community service, and independent study. Doing a gap year has grown very popular among students in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In the United Stated, taking a gap year has become more common as a result of a desire to understand oneself better and a feeling of being burned out of classroom education.
Possibilities include volunteer abroad, intern abroad, cultural adventure, and language immersion programs. We have many international program locations available, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This gives you the opportunity to take round-the-world gap year programs. This unique opportunity will give you the maximum cultural exposure and allows great learning potential.
Some of the common reasons of taking a gap year are:
1) Try Something Different
- A professional of one field may feel the need to experience something completely different at least once in a lifetime. Perhaps you are a business school student who has always dreamed of being a photographer or a journalist. Perhaps you are a registered nurse who has always wanted to try micro-finance work abroad. Experiencing something different than your routine daily life can be very exciting and eye-opening.
2) Gain Work Experience and Build Your Resume
- Potential employers value global work experience and the courage it takes for someone to leave their comfort zone and challenge themselves. Working/living abroad experience opens doors to exciting global employment opportunities.
3) Impress Colleges or Graduate Schools
- Graduate school or college admission panels view intercultural experience as an indication for high motivation and open-mindedness.
- Many competitive programs, such as business schools and medical schools, have a requirement for certain volunteer hours.
- Volunteer experience helps show that you are socially responsible and have improved team-working skills. International volunteer work lets you stand out from the rest.
4) Save Money
- The most effective way of learning a language is to speak it in daily life. It is much more rewarding than learning it in a classroom. Taking some time to fine-tune a second language abroad allows you to complete the college language requirements with less time and less tuition.
5) See the World and Know Yourself better
- The gap year experience helps participants to see the world and get to know themselves better at the same time. This experience abroad can be critical for both personal growth and professional growth.
- Maybe you are interested in majoring in international relations or perhaps want to go to medical school in the future. Maybe you are wondering if a certain path is right for you. Choosing a gap year program with the right field work opportunity can expose you to a future career earlier. You will be able to see for yourself if it is right for you.
- During the process of a gap year, many participants become more mature as a person and gain different perspectives in life.