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Rethinking the "gap" year

A few very inspiring organizations are supporting the potential for using the "gap year" as a "bridge year," creating programs that help to build experience, connect with new opportunities, work on projects, build a business, and explore future paths.

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Enstitute is a one year full-time paid apprenticeship

Uncollege supports a year of self directed learning

30weeks helps fellows make progress on an impact area, supporting future founders in building new solutions

Where there be dragons helps students explore the world while contributing to local impact


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I love this idea - the Gap Year (whether right after school or later in life - I have taken several smaller breaks) can be such an enriching and purposeful time. But often I have observed it become: bumbling around, not sure what you want, doing dead-end jobs, anxiety about what happens afterwards, a bit of travel...

Perhaps we need a resource: a guide to meaningful / life changing / (insert other word) Gap Years... with a mentor from the Gap Year Alumni to support, and perhaps even sponsored by organisations that will offer employment at the end.

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