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anonleapanonleap Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
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.
Best wishes

Replies to: Gap Year

  • momof2eaglesmomof2eagles Registered User Posts: 354 Member
    Look at america corps or city year both have programs that are paid for gap years and sound interesting also internships in dc might be easier to get during the year another option if you live outdoors is sca
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 31,774 Senior Member
    You could volunteer for a campaign or referendum item until November.
  • momof2eaglesmomof2eagles Registered User Posts: 354 Member
    edited January 2016
    found links for AmeriCorps http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
    student conservation corps http://www.thesca.org/serve/young-adult-programs
    city year http://www.cityyear.org/

    all three interesting and take HS 18 yr old grads or older. they are pd(not much) but you don't have to pay them and all are service oriented. I believe city year and maybe AmeriCorps also give you money at the end towards college.

    you mention history. I know kids are dying to get internships on the hill. I think so much easier to get these coveted prestigious internships on the hill if they are during the school year and not summer

    also some schools like middlebury and Hamilton colleges have SPRING ADMISSION. on those colleges website they give ideas for fall "gap " programs. I assume all "legit" which you mentioned you were worried about if the college are listing them on their website

    link for Middlebury ideas- http://www.middlebury.edu/admissions/apply/february/febresources

    Hamilton cut and paste of ideas for gap (many overlap ideas with middlebury and some also that I mentioned including City Year and AmeriCorps)

    Initial leads for Fall opportunities
    The Office of Admission conducted some research on fall opportunities for students starting school in January. Below is a list of the resources we found. We hope it will help you begin your own investigation of opportunities that are right for you.

    Note: The presence of an organization or service on this list does not imply a recommendation or endorsement by any office or personnel at Hamilton College.

    Academic Programs:
    The School of Field Studies
    Arcadia University, Center for Education Abroad
    University of St. Andrews, Scotland

    Non-Credit Programs:

    Action without Borders
    AFS Intercultural Programs
    American Sail Training Association
    Americorps Corportaion for National Service
    Audubon Expedition Institute
    British American Educational Foundation
    Earthwatch Expeditions
    Global Quest
    Habitat for Humanity
    Life Long Education Alternatives and Programs
    National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
    People to People
    The Dynamy Internship Year
    Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
    Where There Be Dragons
    World Learning
  • JamesUKJamesUK Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I interned in Bali for the summer about a year ago and had a blast, it was for a startup that provided courses to learn how to live location independent. They have several offers now I believe. Their website is http://startmeup.careers hope this works
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