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Gap Year

  1. 1. A Gap Year?
  2. 2. • What a Gap year is. • What the benefits of a Gap Year are. • The Costs. • How to prepare. In Unit 11 You Will Learn
  3. 3. A Gap Year is a structured period of personal growth that can include activities such as volunteering, interning, language study, outdoor adventure, travel and enrichment programs. What IS A Gap Year? P. 57
  4. 4. A Gap Year is typically taken between Leaving Cert & Higher Education. What IS a Gap Year? P. 57
  5. 5. • Teaching. • Care. • Conservation & Environment. • Medicine & Healthcare. • Community. • Sports. What Can I Do?
  6. 6. What Is NOT A Gap Year? 1.Living at home and hanging out. 2.Going to Europe or Southeast Asia to party. 3.Working a non-career related job to save money for college. P. 57
  7. 7. Who Does Well On A Gap Year? 1. Collaborative workers. 2. Good communicators. 3. Problem solvers. 4. Critical thinkers. 5. Those with the ability to follow-through on goals. 6. Those with initiative. 7. Curious & imaginative people. P. 57
  8. 8. 90% of students who took a Gap Year returned to college within a year. Benefits Of A Gap Year
  9. 9. Gap Year students show a clear pattern of having better results than traditional students, and the positive effect lasts over all four years. Benefits Of A Gap Year
  10. 10. Benefits Of A Gap Year 1. Increased independence. 2. Career/interest exploration. 3. Know yourself better. 4. Gain perspective & appreciation. 5. Worldliness. 6. Become more mature. 7. Develop new skills. P.58
  11. 11. 60% of surveyed said the experience either "set me on my current career path / academic major" or "confirmed my choice of career/academic major.” Benefits Of A Gap Year
  12. 12. Profiles of Potential Gap Year Students 1. A student who wants to travel. 2. A student who is young for their year. 3. College acceptance or financial aid issues. 4. Frustrated by the traditional education. 5. A student that wants to do things before college. 6. A student overwhelmed by college search process. P. 58
  13. 13. Cost Gap Year costs range between €3,000-€7,000. Costs are dependent on programs & choices. P. 58
  14. 14. Cost Student’s Responsibility: • Fundraising. • Working. • Sticking to budget.
  15. 15. Parents’ Responsibility: Supplementing living/program costs. Developing a realistic budget. Ensuring good programs / opportunities are chosen. Cost
  16. 16. Cost Program Fees: Airfare & Transport. Visas. Immunizations / Meds. Travel insurance. Travel gear / Clothing.
  17. 17. Tips for Planning Create goals, timeline and budget. Talk to your parents as early as possible - otherwise it might seem like a panic option. P. 58
  18. 18. Organise a class visit from a Gap Year provider like: Projects Abroad Ireland Phone: 021 234 8002 Email: info@projects-abroad.ie Tips For Planning P. 58
  19. 19. QUIZ TIME P.59
  20. 20. Answers: 1a,2c,3d,4b,5d
  21. 21. • What a Gap Year is. • What the benefits of a Gap Year are. • About the costs. • How to prepare. In Unit 11 You Learned

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