TAKING A GAP YEAR
Some high school graduates are just not ready for college, for whatever reason, and would benefit from a Gap Year (or two), or at least some time spent in another country. If a young person is feeling culturally pressured into college (“everyone is going”), taking some time away from home to live in a foreign country would bring new life-changing experiences.
Regrets of An Accomplished Child
A NYTimes article about a young women who spent maybe $200,000 graduating from a top US university, and then took off to a foreign country. The last sentences: “Within a week, I’d bought a one-way ticket to a small city in northern Thailand. And only then did I finally learn something.”
“Gap Year – The Growing Appeal of Not Going Right To College”
About 1.2% of first-time college freshmen choose to defer enrollment for a year, according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. What these students choose to do with their time varies widely, from expensive study abroad programs, to volunteer programs like City Year, to staying at home and saving up for college………
Let’s Get Global – http://www.letsgetglobal.org/ Let’s Get Global was founded by Rita Goldman Gelman, author of “Tales of a Female Nomad“. The “Let’s Get Global” site is a comprehensive and informative. ( Note the “Parents” tab – you can click there to read letters from parents about their young adults’ experiences taking a gap year.)
Awesome Opportunities for Social Change Types
This is a Facebook group which features posts from members about worldwide service opportunities for young people in high school age or with college-experience or college degrees.
From their site: “This is a place to share any awesome training, fellowship, scholarship, conference and other opportunities for social change type people around the world. If you come across an opportunity list it here. Feel free to invite other social change types to join. Please post along with a link: a short summary of the opportunity, any age and country/nationality restrictions and closing dates. When joining it would be great if you could think of the best five opportunities you know and post them (even if they are not currently open).”
Contact them on Facebook or at email@example.com
The Art of Non-Conformity: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/
Chris blogs about about international travel, travel hacking in general, and his journeys to more than 25 countries every year, among other things.
Travel Hacking Cartel: http://travelhacking.org/ – tells you exactly what you need to do to accumulate Frequent Flyer Miles, and what you need to do to redeem them for fantastic trips.
European Travel: Visa Requirements for Backpacking Europe
“…If you are an American citizen traveling for pleasure within Europe, and staying no longer than 90 days in most countries, you most likely don’t need a visa of any sort- just a passport, valid for at least 6 months after you plan to return home.
If you are a citizen of USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, or Japan, you most likely do not need a visa for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.”
“3 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young” by Jeff Goins
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH TRAVEL AND GAP YEAR
My Gap Year Experience in Panama
by Dante Searcy, USA
During my Senior Year of high school, to say I was disillusioned with school would be the grossest understatement. I knew school was a waste of time, and it was also starting to get expensive. I got a part time job because my parents couldn’t afford tuxedo rentals for prom or money for football games every week. In addition to this, I had failed the first half of my Intermediate Algebra course …..read more
Bellavie Documentary Project
by Isabelle Rizo, USA, October 2012
Here’s an amazing documentary from Isabelle Rizo, age 20, who has spent some time in college. She left Chicago, Illinois, USA and spent part of the summer of 2012 teaching English in a remote village in China.
The Bellavie Project Documentary : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZcFqrXtgsk&feature=autoshare
The Importance of Travel for Personal Development
by David Mansaray, United Kingdom
As often as possible, I try to get away because I know travel can be a powerful tool for personal development. I recently went for a short break in Italy and ever since I got back I’ve been thinking about how exactly travel benefits me. Here are some of my thoughts:
WITHOUT TRAVEL YOU CAN’T REALLY KNOW THE PLACE YOU’RE FROM
If you’ve not been fortunate to travel, this may sound a little strange. How can travel help me know the place I’m from? That’s the question I asked a few years ago when I was told this would be the case. The reply I got was: ‘you’ll see’. Well, now I see.
I’ve realised that we all – to a certain degree – take things for granted. Some of the things include food, electricity, transport, heating and safety. Going to a country where………. .….read more on David’s blog at davidmansaray.com
Reinvention – A Gap Year Story
by Alex McNeil, USA