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10 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Dec 2, 2013 10:22:00 AM

Gap Year students in PeruIn an article I saw on the Huffington Post by Suzy Strutner, I was interested in why students should take a Gap Year.  Suzy lists the 10 Reasons You should Take A Gap Year in her post.  And at the end of the post she gives the top 10 destinations for a Gap Year.

Reason number one is college performance.  US News writes that "College admission officials have become more accepting of the gap year over the past several years. Some even encourage their admitted students to take one. For more than 30 years, Harvard's acceptance letters have included a suggestion that students take time off before enrolling."

Reason number two is that the Gap Year might help you decide what you want to do with your life or what you really do want to study in college.  Academic Advising at the University of Oregon suggests that "Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college - and many who are decided change their minds more than once before they graduate (an average of three times)."  Think of all the time and tuition money you will save if you take a Gap Year and realize what you want to do before you start your first class.

Anyway, Suzy lists out eight more reasons to take a Gap Year in her post.

If anyone is interested, here are the top 10 destinations for Gap Years.  We added the programs we operate in each of the countries, where applicable.  A $ symbol indicates participants earn a salary or stipend during the program:

  Conversation Corps
  Paid Teacher  $
  Summer Camp Counselor  $

  Au Pair  $

New Zealand
  Au Pair  $


Read Suzy's article on the Huffington Post

Written by Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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