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Thinking About Taking a Gap Year? Check out a Local Gap Year Fair To Learn More!

Are you considering taking a gap year between high school and college? For many students, a gap year can be a great opportunity to learn a little about yourself, travel, work, volunteer, learn a language and explore the world. There are a huge variety of programs out there to choose from.

I recently had the chance to attend an open house at Where There Be Dragons, a well-established company in Boulder that sponsors “rugged” adventures for students that encourage immersion into different landscapes through experiential education, travel, service learning, language immersion and much more during summer and semester long programs. I was impressed by their offerings and it made me excited to learn about more programs for students at the upcoming Denver Gap Year Fair on February 18th.

I encourage you to learn more about the variety of programs out there that best fit you! Many local cities are hosting Gap Year Fairs during the month of February. To find a fair near you check out the USA Gap Year Fairs schedule at http://www.usagapyearfairs.org/events-schedule.

You can also read a previous Montgomery Educational Consulting blog post on the subject of What is a Gap Year?

Mark Montgomery
Expert Educational Consultant

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  1. A gap year has been almost a rite of passage for some years now in the UK as many universities and employers are recognising the value of a well structured year out from study. If you choose to join an organised gap year adventure however, it is important that you do your research, particularly when it comes to volunteer placements. There are some fantastic projects out there, but there are also many project which aren’t all that worthwhile, or that perhaps your time and energy isn’t what they actually need.

    There are a few independent websites you can visit to help you learn what to look out for and what questions to ask – http://www.fairtradevolunteering.com and http://www.ethicalvolunteering.org are both good places to start.

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks Jon! I actually just attended a gap year fair today and plan to do another post soon to address just what you mention…how do you recognize a good/worthwhile gap year program. Hope you will keep reading our blog!

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