The New OptionAn introduction to taking a gap year before college
Gap Year = Opportunity
Advantages of Taking a            Gap            Year• Independence• Thirst for Knowledge• Worldliness• New Skills• Making...
Types of Gap Year  Opportunities          • Volunteering          • Internships          • Working          • Exploring/Tr...
Service Learning &        Study AbroadStudy Abroad      Service Learning
Working & Interning
Working/InterningTegan in London   Jen in Mongolia
Sample Opportunities:      Volunteering
Sample Opportunities:     Volunteering
Independent Exploring/Traveling
Independent Exploring/Traveling         WWOOFing
Structuring Your    Gap Year
YOUR Gap Year!    Questions to Ask Yourself•    Where have you traveled? What places did     you love?•    Have you had an...
YOUR Gap Year     Would you…     •   Prefer to travel with a group or on your own?     •   Like to move around to differen...
Making It a Reality         College                         Parents- Defer admission to your top   - Communication is key!...
Finances and FundraisingBudget                                                       Fundraising-   Work with your parents...
Resources            Books                          Websites• The Compete Guide to the GapYear by Kristin White           ...
Gap Year FairsFor a complete listing go to: www.usagapyearfairs.org
Questions & AnswersEnRoute Consulting, 2012, enroutegapyear.com
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A powerpoint designed for high school students interested in pursuing a gap year before college. A gap year is a a structured time of personal growth aided by activities of enrichment such as volunteer work, study abroad, independent travel, working, interning or a combination of these elements.

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The New Option: An Introduction to the Gap Year

  1. 1. The New OptionAn introduction to taking a gap year before college
  2. 2. Gap Year = Opportunity
  3. 3. Advantages of Taking a Gap Year• Independence• Thirst for Knowledge• Worldliness• New Skills• Making friends from differentbackgrounds• Maturity• New Experiences
  4. 4. Types of Gap Year Opportunities • Volunteering • Internships • Working • Exploring/Traveling • Study Abroad • Service Learning
  5. 5. Service Learning & Study AbroadStudy Abroad Service Learning
  6. 6. Working & Interning
  7. 7. Working/InterningTegan in London Jen in Mongolia
  8. 8. Sample Opportunities: Volunteering
  9. 9. Sample Opportunities: Volunteering
  10. 10. Independent Exploring/Traveling
  11. 11. Independent Exploring/Traveling WWOOFing
  12. 12. Structuring Your Gap Year
  13. 13. YOUR Gap Year! Questions to Ask Yourself• Where have you traveled? What places did you love?• Have you had any independent travel, volunteer or study experiences?• Do you know a foreign language? Is there a language you’ve always wanted to learn?• What are your hobbies?• What is your proudest accomplishment?• If you could affect change for once issue of concern in the world, what would it be?• If you could travel anywhere or do anything, what would you do? Questions adapted from “The Complete Guide to the Gap Year” by Kristin White
  14. 14. YOUR Gap Year Would you… • Prefer to travel with a group or on your own? • Like to move around to different locations or get to know one place? • Like to live in a homestay with a host family? • Like to do one long program or several shorter ones? Could you… • Rough it? (Live without electricity or running water) • Go without internet for an extended period? • Try new things and be open to new ideas? • Work or fundraise to fund your experiences?
  15. 15. Making It a Reality College Parents- Defer admission to your top - Communication is key! choice school - Present a plan- Financial Aid – check the - Show articles and literature next year’s packages to support your idea
  16. 16. Finances and FundraisingBudget Fundraising- Work with your parents to set a realistic (Only fundraise if you’re volunteering!) budget • Check online for travel/gap year- Know how much you are responsible for and scholarships have a plan to make it happen- Put graduation money towards your gap year • Set up an account through firstgiving or similar fundraising website to make donating easier – Set a goal • Use FB and Twitter to solicit friends and family • Contact local business for sponsorship • Hold events – car wash, concert etc with your friends to raise money • Keep your donors updated throughout your gap year via blog or e-mails – they are the shareholders in your adventure!
  17. 17. Resources Books Websites• The Compete Guide to the GapYear by Kristin White • PlanetGapYear.com• Lonely Planet’s Gap Year Book • Transitionsabroad.com• The World Awaits by Paul • Idealist.orgOtteson • Travelfish.org• The Gap Year Advantage byHaigler/Nelson (for your parents) • Worldhum.com • Matadortravel.com • Enroutegapyear.com
  18. 18. Gap Year FairsFor a complete listing go to: www.usagapyearfairs.org
  19. 19. Questions & AnswersEnRoute Consulting, 2012, enroutegapyear.com

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