Summary: The gap year
has become a popular phenomenon over the years.
TAKING a gap year
before going to university can improve final grades and job prospects, according to academics - although students thinking of taking a year out between A-levels and starting a degree course should plan it carefully.
My youngest son wants to take a gap year
but we don't have the money to fund him.
Students began taking gap years
in earnest in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when people in the United Kingdom began traveling to Asia before attending university.
students must take all possible steps to ensure their safety following the murder of two UK medical students on a work placement in Malaysia earlier this month, says travel organisation Abta.
are traditionally undertaken by volunteers from developed countries between high school/ secondary school and matriculation to college or university.
Students who take part are able to see the world beyond the bubble they grew up in and return to school with a better perspective of their future, said Holly Bull, president of the Center of Interim Programs, which counsels students on taking gap years
. Bull said the benefit of the structured time away from school is too valuable to exclude lower-income students.
There are many organisations that offer places for volunteers on gap years
two negative perceptions about gap years
prevail: Taking a year off before college is only for affluent students, and doing so sets students back because they step oft the high school-to-college "conveyor belt," said Abby Falik, who in 2009 founded Global Citizen Year, a nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif.
Why not consider a working gap year
? Travel doesn't just broaden the mind, it broadens your employment prospects, too.
P&O Cruises managing director Carol Marlow said: "The 'grown up gap year
' is increasingly popular as people evaluate their lives and recognise the value of seeing the world and must-see destinations."
Some businesses and consultants specialize in arranging gap years
, but many of the programs require payment to cover participants' expenses--which may include transportation, lodging, and food--that add to the cost of taking time off.