GAP Year revisited

As you begin the colege application process begins, why not consider a GAP year. AS the Harvard Political Review explains

With many students, building deep, meaningful relationships with others [becomes] increasingly important. They remove the focus on themselves and shift to become more others-oriented.” College administrators anticipate that the development in social values will positively influence college communities and, moreover, civic life. According to O’Shea, “Students come back wanting to have a greater and more active sense of community, which is important for democratic life and public life generally.”

Tufts University announced a new program

Tufts 1+4 will place these admitted first-year students in selected service organizations starting in the fall of 2015, before they begin their four-year undergraduate studies the following fall. The program is one of the initiatives springing from the 10-year strategic plan unveiled by Tufts in the fall of 2013.


Tufts joins UNC’s Global Fellow’s program and Princeton University with their Bridge Program. They keep a nice running record of their GAP year matriculants. 

NPR has a wonderful episode focusing on the GAP year. You can learn more by attending a GAP year fair

Abigail Falik is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, an award-winning social venture that is building a pipeline of emerging leaders who have the global skills to thrive in college and 21st century careers. Under her leadership, Global Citizen Year has developed a model to train a diverse corps of high school graduates through apprenticeships across Africa, Latin America and Asia during a transformative bridge year before college. Today, Abigail leads the global team: setting organizational strategy, securing resources and building the cross-sector partnerships to ensure that someday, an immersive global “bridge year” becomes the norm, rather than the exception.


Experts on Gap Year

Gap Year Resources

General– Information and Ideas

UNC Chapel Hill’s Gappl Page

Database of international work, study, and volunteer opportunities — provides a lot of ideas and resources

Thoughts from Harvard about why a gap year is a good idea


Adventures Cross-Country

Amigos de las Americas

Global Citizen Year

Rotary Youth Exchanges

Where There Be Dragons