Your senior year just started. Do you know what you’re going to do after graduation? It’s probably come up more than once in conversation. If you’re not ready for college, maybe a gap year is for you.
A gap year is that year break after finishing high school, prior to starting college. There are many programs designed to keep you learning about yourself while you’re still contemplating your options. These programs offer a number of opportunities to explore and gain valuable experience to take you into a more fulfilling college career.
Projects Abroad. With no set start or end dates, you can create your own schedule and destination. Projects Abroad has in-country staff and has placed over 25,000 volunteers throughout the world since 1997. They ensure you have host families and three meals a day.
LeapNow. This 9-month program combines education in the form of language, service and cultural immersion in India or South America. LeapNow includes a formal Rite of Passage that also involves the parents and a return home mid year for additional education opportunities.
AmeriCorps. Each year, AmeriCorps offers over 75,000 volunteer opportunities both in the United States and abroad. With several programs and varying time commitments in a number of areas of service, you’re sure to find a fit.
If you’re not into traveling abroad, there are plenty of local volunteer programs that will provide ample opportunity to grow while making a difference in your community.