Updated Gap Year Book Recommendations


We recommend the following books as good resources for planning your gap year:

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  1. The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. The Best Things to Do Between High School and College by Kristin M. White.
  2. Your Gap Year: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Year Out the Adventure of a Lifetime by Susan Griffith.
  3. Lonely Planet The Gap Year Book by Joe Bindloss
  4. The Gap Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College by Karl Haiger and Rae Nelson.
  5. Taking Time Off, 2nd Edition (College Admissions Guides) by Colin Hall.
  6. Before You Go: The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Gap Year by Tom Griffiths.
  7. Planning Your Gap Year: Hundreds of Opportunities for Employment, Study, Volunteer Work and Independent Travel by Nick Vandome
  8. Gap Year Adventures by Lucy York
  9. Gap Years-The Essential Guide(Need2know)by Emma Jones
  10. The Gap Year Guidebook by Alison Withers
  11. The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad by Michael Landes
  12. Time Out: Taking a Break from School, to Travel, Work, and Study in the US and Abroad by Robert Gilpin, Caroline Fitzgibbons
  13. Gap Year Volunteer: A Guide to Making it a Year to Remember by Jenny Ng
  14. More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching English Abroad by Donald B. Snow
  15. Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Directory of Third World and U.S. Volunteer Opportunities(9th Edition) by Joan Powell(Editor )
  16. But What If I Don't Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education by Harlow G.Unger.
  17. Life Without Lottie: How I Coped (or Didn't) During My Daughter's Gap Year by Fiona Fridd
  18. How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission - For Volunteers, Churches, Independent STM Teams and Mission Organisations and those Planning a Christian Gap Year