By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 5:16 pm in Teens.
Gap Year programs are becoming an increasingly popular option for teens who are not quite ready for college – or who’d like to take a year off from the intensity of college prep and spend some time traveling, learning a foreign languauge or doing community service in another part of the world. It’s an idea that’s supported by colleges too, because a good Gap Year is well planned and filled with enrichment. And there are dozens of Gap Year companies out there to help you figure out how to do that.
If you’ve got a child who’s interested in exploring Gap Year options – filming a documentary in New Orleans? exploring Mayan heritage in Guatemala? studying Italian culture in Siena? – you might want to check out the Gap Year Fair in San Francisco next week – Sunday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St. Speak with reps from Dynamy Internship Year, Carpe Diem Education, i-to-i Meaningful Travel, Sojourns Abroad, and nearly 20 other Gap Year companies. Hear a talk by Holly Bull, who’s been organizing these trips as president of the Center for Interim Programs in Princeton, New Jersey, for the last 20 years. Oh, and the fair is free. It’s a win-win.
Need more general info on Gap Year programs? Check out Planet Gap Year, a portal for planning advice, gap year fair dates, program information, etc.