Are you thinking about taking a gap year? Looking for a fun and transformative experience but don’t know what to do? Don’t worry I am here to help! I have created a list of gap year ideas that can help you have the best gap year ever. You can thank me later.
Before we jump right into gap year ideas we have to first figure out: what is a gap year and how does it work?
A gap year is usually a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Instead of going straight to college, high school graduates take the time to explore not only the world around them but themselves as well. That being said, gap years are not limited to only high school graduates. Anyone can take a gap year! This is a time for you. There is never a wrong time to take a gap year at any point in your life. If you’re not sure if it’s the right time to take a gap year, you can read more about gap year pros and cons.
Your gap year can be anything and be anywhere. The possibilities are endless. Do you want to backpack through Senegal? Go for it! Would you like to swim at the beautiful beaches of Brazil? Why not? You can even travel around your home country and learn new things about its history.
It should be noted that gap years are not always a full year. Some gap years may be a semester or only a few weeks. It is up to you. You design your experience in a way that fits you. This is your journey so customize it to your needs.
That being said let’s jump right into these gap year ideas!
Have you ever wanted to live on a farm in another country? Maybe you dreamed of living in India or hiking the beautiful mountains of Ecuador. Well, all of these dreams are possible through Willing Workers of Organic Farmers (WWOOF)! You can take a gap week, month, semester or year at an organic farm on any continent. WWoofers live and work alongside their host family and experience life as an organic farmer BUT WWoofers are not limited to the farm. They are free to explore the area and experience the culture around them as well! Ready to get your hands dirty and wwoof? You can find more information about WWoof here.
Interrailing has been a gap year staple since the dawn of gap years. Young adults with wide eyes and adventurous hearts take on the mission to travel to Europe and take a train across the continent. Interrailing can be as short as 1 week or go on for years. Interrailing is a great opportunity to make new friends and form deep connections during your physical and internal journey. According to the Interrail website, there are over 40,000 destinations in 30 countries. Where is your next stop?
Gap year ideas shouldn’t be limited to land. The ocean is just as vast and dynamic. Imagine seeing whales during your leisure time or listening to dolphins while you sleep. That could become your reality at Semester at Sea. The ocean is your classroom. With Semester at Sea, students receive an education that is not only global but accredited as well. This may not exactly be a gap year but you will not be learning in a typical classroom. So, what are you waiting for? The ocean awaits…
Have you thought about taking care of bears in Cambodia? Or taking part in coral conservation in Belize? Pod Volunteer is an award-winning nonprofit that allows its participants to volunteer abroad in various countries around the world. Pod volunteers work side by side with local organizations to directly impact the surrounding community. Volunteers are also given the option to focus on any area of your choice. Whether it’s animals, conservation, community building, etc. This is a great opportunity to find your passion or hobby! What community would you like to join?
There are so many things to do in a gap year program. This is YOUR time. Go out and experience the world!
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