Make Your Gap Year Meaningful
A gap year is a twelve month break between high school and college. Many teenagers use their gap year to travel abroad before embarking on the next chapter of their lives. A year by the beach can be fun. But, a service-oriented gap year volunteer vacation can help a teen mature into an adult and can make a big difference to an inner-city school, a rural orphanage, or a developing community.
Volunteer-oriented gap years give teens the chance to discover their interests before entering college. Gap years have been the turning point for many young people who decided to pursue a different major or select a different school after having a life-changing gap year experience.
A gap year abroad gives a teen the opportunity to experience another culture, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Postponing college for a gap year has such a positive effect on education that many schools gladly accept deferrals so that their students can take a gap year before enrolling in classes. Some colleges will even grant credit for gap year experience.
Most people will never have a better opportunity to spend so much time serving others. The 12 months that a young person contributes can have a profound effect on the people and community he serves. For instance, volunteers can spend their gap year building schools, teaching art, caring for babies born with AIDS, or tutoring autistic children.
I Did This!
A young volunteer will return from a gap year with a new perspective on life and twelve months of meaningful memories.
Make a Difference
animal welfare helping children community development environmental protection health & safety poverty & homelessness