A few weeks ago we had a radio show on volunteering abroad during a Gap Year. A gap year as we described then is a break in formal education, usually between high school and college where students continue learning through a cultural immersion, volunteer opportunity in the US or abroad, deeper skill development in their sport, arts, language, or academics.
It’s a time of reflection and maturity. More importantly, it is a period of purpose and intention. Purpose and intention – those words are important when it comes to even considering a gap year. As I speak with families around the country about the possibility of a gap year, these questions come up again and again . . . what’s the point of a gap year? Will this hurt my chances of college?
We answered those questions and more in our show. Our guests know the Gap Year experience very well. Robin Pendoley of Thinking Beyond Borders and Kathy Cheng of Dynamy visited The Education Doctor® Radio Show. They also co-direct USA Gap Year Fairs! We were honored to have them both on the show to share their expertise and give our families some new insight about gap years programs and when they may be a viable option for college bound students to consider. Believe me . . . there are far more college-bound students who can benefit from a gap year experience that enter freshman year anyway. (I certainly wish I had known about it. . .could have saved my first semester transcript and all the wasted effort changing majors! :-))