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The Debate Rages On!! To Take a Gap Year, or Not to Take a Gap Year

I just reviewed the article "Gap Year Now or Study Abroad?" by Leobardo Espinoza the New York Times, posted March 21, 2013. Follow the link:

This article reminds me that there continues to be a mind-set that is deeply embedded in our culture in America that makes people "afraid" to deviate in any way from the rigid path we are expected to follow from high school, to obtaining a college degree to landing the first job. Any alternative paths automatically raise red flags. Frankly, I'm convinced that the fear that dissuades some people from considering a gap year is routed in the same fear that many Americans harbor around the fear of taking time off from work.

Ethical Gap Year Programs

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How to Find an Ethical Volunteer Project

By Julia Levine Rogers

Volunteering – both internationally and domestically – is one of the most popular gap year activities. Many gap year students choose to volunteer for at least part of their gap year.

It’s admirable that so many students want to give back. Volunteering is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture, learn a language and broaden your horizons. But not all volunteer programs are created equal. It’s important that you do the homework to find a socially responsible organization in order to maximize the positive impact you’ll have on the community you serve.

Gap Year Resources for Educational Counselors

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I recently discovered a gap year planning resource that I recommend bookmarking if you are an educational counselor, parent, or student planning a gap year or anyone with an interest in learning more about gap years.

Gap Year Nutritional Facts by Ethan Knight, Executive Director at Carpe Diem Education in Portland Oregon is a compilation of videos, information, and presentations for Educational Counselors and those who are looking for more information about Gap Years.

International Volunteer HQ – The Trusted Volunteer Organization for Gap Year Travellers

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International Volunteer HQ – The Trusted Volunteer Organization for Gap Year Travellers.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides volunteering placements in over 18 countries around the world. Based on the concept that volunteer travel should be affordable, IVHQ has established itself as one of the world’s leading volunteer organizations. In the past 4 years they have sent over 14,000 volunteers abroad on their programs and with program fees starting from only US$180 it is no surprise that thousands of students are choosing IVHQ as their organization to volunteer abroad with on their gap year.

25 Days of Gap Year Inspiration on Twitter

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25 Days of Gap Year Inspiration on Twitter

In the spirit of the holidays, Julia Rogers, head of the gap year advising firm EnRoute Consulting, is running a twitter event listing a new gap year idea every day until Christmas. For most college seniors, the college applications are in and students can finally start daydreaming about whether to take a gap year and how they could spend their time. Rogers hopes to get potential gap year students' wheels turning and highlight interesting projects, programs and activities. Each day will offer a new idea with links and mentions to provide more reading and information.

Follow @enroutegapyear to join in the fun!

Global Gap Year Program - UNC Chapel Hill Offers Scholarships for Gap Year


The Global Gap Year program at UNC Chapel Hill is in its second year. First year students can apply for a fellowship in the amount of $7,500 to be used to help fund a year of service abroad.

This year, UNC will be selecting seven incoming first-year students for a Global Gap Year Fellowship. The fellowship provides $7,500 to each student for use toward a gap year that combines global travel with volunteer service. Current UNC students and the Campus Y help Gap Year Fellows prepare for their year abroad and integrate that experience into their education when they return to campus..follow link to UNC's web site for details on how to apply to the
Global Gap Year Program.

West Coast Gap Year Speaker Motivates College Fair Attendees

The following video was taken at the Pacific Northwest College Fair in Bothel, Washington in October. Increasingly, college fair organizers are inviting education experts like Ethan Knight, executive director of Carpe Diem International education, to speak to students and parents about the benefits of a gap year before college.

You can also view Mr. Knights power point presentation by visiting our You Tube channel at