30 Nov 2017 Thankful For My New Life—My New Home
In recent years, more and more students have started taking gap years between high school and college. But why? Why take a gap year before starting your university coursework? That is probably just one of many questions you’re considering as you wrap up your high school experience. Fortunately, there are answers to those questions. For starters, a gap year can help you learn and appreciate a culture outside of the United States. It can better prepare you for college or boost your future employment potential. But how? What exactly is a gap year, and exactly what can taking one do for you?
By the time you graduate from high school, you’ve been focusing on your formal education for so long that you’re completely burnt out, and yet most students head directly from high school to university courses. It can be healthy to take a break from school for a while to recompose yourself. However, it’s important to continue to focus on your education even if you’re not spending that time in a classroom. As a wise man once said, “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.”
When you take a gap year in a foreign country, you’re accomplishing two goals. First, you are giving yourself the opportunity to breathe a little before you dive headlong into university life. But it’s not just an extended vacation. A gap year provides students with the opportunity to learn in a completely different way. Instead of simply reading about other cultures and places in books, students in a gap year program learn by experiencing those cultures and places directly.
And secondly, a gap year allows students to immerse themselves in a culture that’s completely different than the one they’re used to. Gap year participants are housed with local families, and many even get jobs with local businesses and organizations to take a direct part in the culture they’re exploring. Language, networking, and a new global perspective—and these are just a few of the benefits that taking a gap year can bring.
That one-year gap can also give you the time and experience to make tough decisions, like decide what you truly want to study or what career to pursue. And that’s just the beginning. Check out these 10 gap year benefits to create a fulfilling gap year!Read full article...
A gap year travel program is an exciting and fulfilling way to volunteer abroad for high school students and transition from one phase of your life to the next. After sitting in a classroom for so many years, it's natural for you to feel an itch for adventure and independence.
So, what are the advantages of joining the best gap year programs over just booking a vacation, and where do you find a gap year program that will provide the exceptional experience to match your bold choice?
Global Citizen Year takes you a step further and combines a deep cultural immersion that provides a lasting impact beyond that of a traditional study abroad or gap year program.Read full article...
You want to take a gap year between high school and college, but what are your options? You could spend a year backpacking and see the world. Maybe do some community work and boost your resumé. Perhaps take on an internship to learn new skills or earn college credit.
Or, you could spend that time with Global Citizen Year and accomplish all three — along with much, much more.Read full article...