I read an article published in January 08 on the personal finance site TheStreet.com entitled How to Get Uncle Sam's Help With Student Loans by Laura Moran. My summary below is worth a read if you want to take time out to volunteer and reduce your educational debt at the same time!
The Director of Admissions, Greg Cappello, at Dynamy Internship Year in Worcester, MA has organized a series of eight gap year opportunities fairs around the US. The first fair kicked off in Chicago two weekends ago attracting nearly 200 very interested high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates, their parents and educators. The Chicago Tribune subsequently ran an article about the fairs and gap year in general. More fairs will be held in Portland (OR), Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Greenwich (CT) and DC before wrapping up in Boston on April 6. Entrance to the Gap Year Opportunities Fairs are free and open to the public.
If you want further details, please contact Greg Cappello at 508-755-2571 x18. See fair schedule below and roster of keynote speakers:
According to a January 2007 Time article Democracy Reborn, by Rich Stengel, a 'youth quake' of participation in the voting process is taking hold in America, reversing successive declines in election cycles between 1972 and 2004. Stengel comments that "young people sense they are coming of age at a time when leadership, and their role in choosing it, really matters".
Eldora Mountain Resort is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near the historic mountain town of Nederland, 21 miles northwest of the city of Boulder, home to the University of Colorado. Eldora attracts students from around the globe seeking ski resort work during time out from university studies. I recently interviewed two students, one from Brazil, and one from South Africa, who opted to work at Eldora and travel in the US. Emma and Estevao discussed their reasons for choosing Eldora and how they obtained work visas. Note: The student exchange organizations that provided their visas also assist US students wishing to work, volunteer and travel overseas.
Ally spent her gap year interning as a field assistant with a scientific organization and working in her father's stone masonry business. She graduated from Nederland High School in Colorado in 2006, a year early. She is a freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, majoring in Geology. Read Ally's Blog about her amazing gap year adventure in Alaska, and learn about unique research internship and job opportunities in the solid earth sciences at UNAVCO and it's partner organizations.
Ben Casnocha is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College in southern California. He created an incredible gap year travel blog documenting his experiences during his around the world adventure in 2006-2007.
Ben is astonishingly accomplished for his tender 19 years, and his own gap year is only a small part of his story, though I think, a very, very important one! In my humble estimation, Ben's Gap Year Travel Adventures blog has helped to raise awareness of the Gap Year concept in the US where it is needed most! Remember, the gap year in the US is taking hold but still far less popular than in the UK.
Erik spent his gap year on three continents. He learned outdoor leadership skills through a NOLS semester in Patagonia, volunteered on a conservation project in the Philippines and studied Italian culture and language in Florence, Italy. He is a freshman at CU Boulder studying engineering.
Planet Gap Year is a new web site designed to assist US students, their parents and advisers to plan a productive 'gap year' before college.
We provide insightful and timely information via news articles, a Blog, a database of US and internationally based gap program providers, and gap stories- firsthand experiences from students who have recently returned from taking a gap.
Volunteer, Work, Travel, Study- Search our extensive database of organizations and programs offering gap year experiences in the US and overseas.
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