Forgive me if I put this in the wrong place, I wasn't certain where it should be. The title is self explanatory. I'm considering a gap year. However, I don't want to pay thousands of dollars to do it. I've struggled to decide what I want to do, but I do know I want to help people. A gap year may help me further those considerations and prevent academic burnout. In the future, politics is a real consideration. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've done some research but it's been difficult telling what programs are legitimate and meaningful as well as safe. I love history, the study of government, politics, music (I play multiple instruments), reading, and writing, but I realize that this is not necessarily what programs require and am happy to look outside those areas, I've just heard it's helpful to look where your passions lie. I would consider domestic and abroad service (fyi I speak very basic French), or even trying to start something of my own. If anyone has an idea, or clear guidance, I'd be extremely grateful.