An article in the Associated Press entitled “Family Finance: A gap year need not break the bank,” featured Global Citizen Year for our efforts to make our program accessible to students from all backgrounds. Highlighting the many ways to make a gap year affordable, the article helps break down preconceptions about who can or can’t take a gap year.
For instance, Global Citizen Year, a San Francisco-based organization that places students in Senegal, Ecuador and Brazil, offers scholarships to help defray the $26,000 cost.
The two-year-old program looks at the same financial aid forms required by colleges and offers assistance on a sliding scale, said CEO Abby Falik. A third of its 33 participants is on full scholarship and another third have partial grants.
“What we’ve seen so far is our kids after this year are hungry for college,” Falik said. “They have a skill set that will help them be much more self-directed.”