The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 13, 2009 - Study Aids - 264 pages
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This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again. It includes everything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact on a young life.

* Readers can find out what college admissions deans think of the gap year, and how it is becoming an important part of the educational process at top tier universities. 

*Economically, the gap year can make a lot of sense in a recession, and this useful guide gives information on free programs, financial aid, and tax savings.

*The book has a comprehensive guide to 200 of the world's best gap year programs.

*Students will find self-quizzes and helpful criteria to help them decide whether to take a gap year, and if so what kind of program. This guide helps them evaluate their interests and plan and fund their gap year; whether it means spending a year on a sailing vessel, coaching sports and teaching in an impoverished area, or following a passion in the arts or academics.

 

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Contents

Fundamentals of the Gap Year
5
What Do Deans of College
21
A Bridge Between High School
37
Financing Your Gap Year
47
A Free Gap Year Option
63
Is It Right for You?
77
PART 2
93
Cross Cultural Solutions
99
Adventure Programs
149
Language Study Programs
155
Brown Ledge Gap Year
161
Sailing and Tall Ship Programs
167
Conservation Environment and Marine Life Programs
173
School for Field Studies
179
Sports Programs
185
Miscellaneous Programs
193

Global Volunteers
105
Africa
113
Shumba Experience
119
Student Conservation Association
125
itoi
127
Berkshire School
199
Hun School of Princeton
205
Institute for Field Research Expeditions
232
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Kristin M. White is the director of Darien Academic Advisors, as well as a member of both the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling.

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