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GAP YEAR OPTIONS

A gap year is a period of time (typically a academic year), taken by the student as a break between secondary school and higher education.  Students exploring this post-secondary option utilize this time to take a break from traditional education to explore their passions and what they are truly good at, while experiencing the world.

These experiences can include work, internships, service, travel, language immersion, conservation, the arts, and skill development and training. Gap year programs vary greatly in terms of their aims, emphasis, location, and cost.

Many students emerge from a gap year more independent, mature, focused, and self-confident.

While a gap year option may be beneficial for some students, it is still strongly recommended that students considering this option still follow through with the college application process. 

Once accepted to college(s), students can request to defer matriculation for one year.  Some colleges are receptive to the idea of a planned, structured gap year experience, however - it is critical for the student to check with each institution about their own specific policy on deferring admission.

USA Gap Year Fair- West Hartford, CT

USA Gap Year Fair

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

West Hartford, CT

Conard High School

110 Beechwood Rd

West Hartford, CT 06107

To Register Visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usa-gap-year-fair-west-hartford-ct-registration-17530007725

Gap Year Program

Web Address

Description

Action Without Borders

www.idealist.org

Non-profit job and internship database

African Leadership Academy

www.africanleadershipacademy.org

Two-year program supporting growth of African communities

All NY

www.allny.com

New York City employment resource guide

Alliances Abroad

www.alliancesabroad.com

Customized study and work abroad programs

American Field Service

www.afs.org

Conservation, education, health, social issues, or community development

American Institute of Foreign Study

www.aifs.com

Study abroad programs in 16 countries

Americorps

www.americorps.org

Engaging Americans in service to meet critical needs in communities across country

Amerispan

www.amerispan.com

Study abroad programs

Amigos de las Americas

www.amigoslink.org

Community service in Latin America; health, education, and environmental projects

Ancient Pathways

www.southwestsemester.com

Experiential courses in desert survival, outdoor safety, and bushcraft

Audubon College

www.auduboncollege.org/

Environmental learning program in Minnesota

AustraLearn

www.australearn.org

Study abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

Bridge Year

www.bridgeyear.com/

Spanish abroad programs in Chile and Argentina

British American Educ. Foundation

www.baef.org/

Placement in British boarding schools

Brown Ledge Gap Year

www.brownledgegapyear.com

Making documentaries using digital video, audio, and photography

Camphill

www.camphill.org

Help youth and adults with developmental and other disabilities

Campus Career Center

www.campuscareercenter.com

Entry Level jobs and internships for college students

Casa Xelaju

www.casaxelaju.com

Spanish immersion program in Guatemala

Castle Rock Institute

www.castle-rock.org

Study of the humanities and outdoors in North Carolina, Australia, or New Zealand

Center for Cross-Cultural Study

www.spanishstudies.org

Study abroad programs in Spain, Argentina, and Cuba

Center for Cultural Interchange

www.cci-exchange.com

Homestay, internship, work, travel, and language study programs in 30 countries

Center for Interim Programs

www.interimprograms.com

Gap year counseling organization

Central American Service Exped.

www.serviceexpeditions.net

International service and cultural experiences

City Year

www.cityyear.org

Youth engaged in service, leadership development, and civic engagement

Class Afloat

www.classafloat.com

Sail and study abroad

College Internship Program

www.collegeinternshipprogram.com

Individualized academic, internship, and independent living experiences

Cool Works

www.coolworks.com

Find a job at a national park, ski resort, theme park, ranch, etc.

Council on Intn'l Educ. Exchange

www.ciee.org

Study abroad programs worldwide

Cross Cultural Solutions

www.crossculturalsolutions.org

Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, Thailand

Cultural Embrace

www.culturalembrace.com

Travel programs that gain academic credit and work experience

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

www.dis.dk

Study abroad in Denmark

Disney College Program

www.wdwcollegeprogram.com

Education and work experience at Walt Disney World resort

Dynamy

www.dynamy.org

Independent city apartment living with internships, advising, and leadership

Earthwatch

www.earthwatch.org

Join research teams around the world

Eco.org

www.eco.org

Environmental job search engine

Education First (EF)

www.ef.com

Educational tours and language programs

El Casal

www.elcasalbarcelona.com

Barcelona program combining language study, cultural activities, and homestay

Federation EIL

www.experiment.org

Homestays, study abroad, language training, work and cultural immersion programs

Flying Fish

www.flyingfishonline.com

Professional training and international adventure on the sea and snow

French Culinary Institute

www.frenchculinary.com

Professional culinary arts instruction

Gap Adventures

www.gapadventures.com

Small group outdoor adventure travel

Gap Year Canada

www.gapyearcanada.com

Live and work in Banff

Gapwork.com

www.gapwork.com

Gap year ideas and planning resource

Gapyear.com

www.gapyear.com

Gap year ideas and planning resource

GIC Argentina

www.gicarg.org

School and study abroad programs in Buenos Aires

Global Crossroad

www.globalcrossroad.com

Volunteer abroad programs

Global Experiences

www.globalexperiences.com

International experiential education programs

Global Leadership Adventures

www.experiencegla.com

Service learning programs in Africa and Latin America

Global Learning Across Borders

www.global-lab.org

Cultural immersion programs in Africa and Asia

Global Routes

www.globalroutes.org

Teaching internship programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Global Service Corps

www.globalservicecorps.org

Volunteer in Tanzania, Cambodia, or Thailand

Global Vision International

www.gvi.co.uk

Volunteer abroad on conservation and community projects

Global Volunteer Network

www.volunteer.org.nz

International volunteering opportunities in communities in need

Global Volunteers

www.globalvolunteers.org

Volunteer abroad on community projects

Go Abroad.com

www.studyabroaddirectory.com

Database of study abroad programs

Go Overseas

www.gooverseas.com

Database of study abroad programs

Habitat for Humanity

www.habitat.org

Community service for teams of young people

Inst. for Intn'l Coop. & Develop.

www.iicd-volunteer.org

Training in Williamstown, MA, for development work in Africa and Latin America

InterExchange

www.interexchange.org

Work, language, volunteer, professional training, internship and au pair programs

International Cultural Adventures

www.icaadventures.com

Cultural immersion programs

International People's College

www.ipc.dk

Study abroad in Denmark

Internship Programs.com

www.internshipprograms.com

Internship search engine

Internships.com

www.internships.com

Internship search engine

Intn'l Cultural Exchange Program

www.icep.org

Turkish exchange program

Intn'l Part. Serv. Learn. & Leader.

www.ipsl.org

Study abroad integrated with volunteer service

Intn'l Wilderness Lead. School

www.iwls.com

Education, outdoor leadership training, technical instruction

Italian Language School

www.scuolaleonardo.com

Florence, Milan, Rome, and Siena

I-to-I

www.i-to-i.com

Volunteer teaching abroad

Jewish United Fund

www.juf.org/israel

Israel study abroad programs

Kroka Expeditions

www.kroka.com

Sustainable community living; instruction in adventure sports and wilderness living

Leap Now

www.leapnow.org

Group and individual travel programs

Lexia International

www.lexiaintl.org

Study abroad programs worldwide

Lingua Service Worldwide

www.linguaserviceworldwide.com

Language immersion and study abroad programs

Living Routes

www.livingroutes.org

Study in an ecovillage learning about sustainable development

Love One Love All

www.loveoneloveall.com

Four-month travel program experiencing diverse cultures

Magic Carpet Rides

www.magiccarpetrides.com

Structured fall semester in Guatemala; spring in El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize

Map the Gap International

www.mapthegapinternational.com

Service learning and study abroad programs

Masa Israel Journey

www.masaisrael.org

Programs for Jewish youth in Israel

Massachusetts Audubon Society

www.massaudubon.org

Jobs and internships protecting nature

Monster College

www.college.monster.com

Job network for college students

National Internship Program

www.nationalinternship.com

Internships in media, government, and national organizations

National Outdoor Lead. School

www.nols.edu

Outdoor skills, leadership, and wilderness adventure programs

National Park Service

www.nps.gov/personnel/intern.htm

Internships at the park level and NPS centers and offices

One Small Planet

www.onesmallplanet.com

Volunteer, work, travel, and study abroad

Outward Bound

www.outwardbound.org

Wilderness expeditions

Pacific Challenge

www.pacificchallenge.org

Study abroad and experiential programs

Pacific Discovery

www.pacificdiscovery.org

Study abroad, travel, cultural immersion, and service programs

Pine Mountain Settlement School

www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com

Environmental education and support to local community in Appalachia

Planet Gap Year

www.planetgapyear.com

Gap year ideas and planning resource

Pro World Service Corps

www.myproworld.org

Service & academic programs in Latin America, Asia, and Africa

Projects Abroad

www.projects-abroad.org/gap-year-abroad

Wide range of gap year opportunities

Public Allies

www.publicallies.org

Leadership development in communities and non-profits

Quebec Labrador Foundation

www.qlf.org

Community-based conservation initiatives in Eastern Canada and New England

Quintessential Careers

www.quintcareers.com

Internship resources for college students

Resort Intern Connection

www.resortinternconnection.com

Internships in the resort, travel, and tourism fields

Rising Star Internships

www.rsinternships.com

Internship database

Rotary International

www.rotary.org/en/studentsandyouth

Youth exchange programs

Rothberg International School

overseas.huji.ac.il

Attend school in Israel

Round River Conserv. Studies

www.roundriver.org

International conservation research and education

Rustic Pathways

www.rusticpathways.com

Study abroad programs

SAGE

www.sageprogram.org

Study abroad

School for Field Studies

www.fieldstudies.org

Helping communities around the world learn environmental problem-solving skills

SeaMester

www.seamester.com

Live aboard boat sailing island to island, country to country, or continent to continent

Semester at Sea

www.semesteratsea.org

Study abroad sailing programs

Sojourns Abroad

www.sojournsabroad.org

Programs in Siena and Paris

Southern France Youth Institute

www.sfyi.org

Study abroad in France

St. Clare's, Oxford

www.stclares.ac.uk

Liberal arts study in Oxford

Student Conservation Association

www.thesca.org

Conservation service internships

Student Education Programs

www.studenteducationprograms.com

Links to numerous programs

Students Partnership Worldwide

www.spw.org

International peer educator volunteer programs

Summer Jobs.com

www.summerjobs.com

Summer and seasonal jobs with camps, parks, resorts, and environmental groups

Thames Academy

www.mitchell.edu/thamesacademy

Post-graduate/pre-college transitional experience

The Corps Network

www.nascc.org

State/local programs engaging youth in service, training, and educational activities

The Nature Conservancy

www.nature.org

Volunteer helping preserve nature and the environment

The Washington Center

www.twc.edu

Internships and academic seminars in Washington, DC

Thinking Beyond Borders

www.thinkingbeyondborders.org

Cultural immersion and service learning

Transitions Abroad

www.transitionsabroad.com

Work and study abroad

Two Worlds United

www.campustravel.org

Study abroad

U.S. Department of Agriculture

www.dm.usda.gov/employ/intern.htm

Academic study and on the job training

Up With People

www.upwithpeople.org

Travel the world performing in shows

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

www.vycc.org

Conservation and park management projects on public lands in Vermont

Volunteer Match

www.volunteermatch.org

Volunteer project database

Volunteers for Peace

www.vfp.org

International volunteer projects in 100 countries

Where There Be Dragons

www.wheretherebedragons.com

Cultural immersion, service learning, and physically challenging adventure programs

WLS International

www.gapyearinasia.com

Volunteer in Cambodia, China, Nepal, India, The Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam

Woolman Semester

www.woolman.org

Experiential education program focused on sustainability, peace, and justice

Work and Volunteer Abroad

www.workandvolunteer.com

Volunteer projects and internships in various countries

World Challenge

www.world-challenge.co.uk

Educational expeditions

World Learning

www.worldlearning.org

International living, study abroad, and international development programs

World Ocean School

www.worldoceanschool.org

Educational internships aboard tall ship

Worldwide Classroom

www.worldwide.edu

Search engine for overseas programs

Worldwide Opps. on Organic Farms

www.wwoof.org

Volunteer help on organic farms

Young Judaea

www.youngjudaea.org

Study and volunteer in Israel

Youth For Understanding

www.yfuusa.org

Study abroad

Youth International

www.youthinternational.org

Experiential learning combining cultural exchange, volunteer service, and homestay