"Clearly lays out the vast diversity of transformative programs available to any student while also providing an essential compass, and makes a compelling case on how this legitimate educational supplement could soon become an educational imperative." - Alex Safos, director, Global Learning Across Borders "With a thorough directory of organizations, an explanation of the financial picture, comments from top college admissions directors, and an objective perspective, Kristin M. White has created the number one gap year resource." - Chris Stakich, co-founder and executive director, Thinking Beyond Borders "A good choice for students with the means and broad perspective necessary to consider this experience." (Library Journal, February 2010) "Whatever your motivation, if you are interested in pursuing a gap year experience, do your research. And I'd start by reading White's book." (CBS MoneyWatch.com, The College Solution) "This guide's best feature is its clear and detailed organization by subject interest. If a marine life program is calling out to a teen, it is easy to find options and related subjects close by. Though the "gap year" is a relatively new concept in the United States, it is quite common in Europe and Australia. The directories of volunteer and for-credit gap year programs are pure gold. An index and resource list are included." (School Library Journal, "Choosing the Right College" January 27, 2010)
This is the go–to book for anyone considering a year torecharge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in anotherculture, or to find their love of learning again. It includeseverything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want toknow about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it isnot, and why it can have a positive impact on a young life. TheComplete Guide to the Gap Year will help students:
Discover what college admissions deans think of the gap year andwhy it is becoming an important part of the educational process
Assess the economics of the gap year the guide offersinformation on free programs, financial aid, and tax savings
Determine the right program with the comprehensive guide to 200of the world′s best gap year programs
Decide whether to take a gap year and what type of program toparticipate in by taking the book′s self–quizzes
Whether it means spending a year on a sailing vessel, coachingsports and teaching in an impoverished area, or following a passionin the arts or academics, this invaluable guide will help studentsevaluate their interests, plan for, and fund their gap year.
Praise for The Complete Guide to the Gap Year
"Clearly lays out the vast diversity of transformative programsavailable to any student while also providing an essential compass,and makes a compelling case on how this legitimate educationalsupplement could soon become an educational imperative."
Alex Safos, director, Global Learning Across Borders
"With a thorough directory of organizations, an explanation ofthe financial picture, comments from top college admissionsdirectors, and an objective perspective, Kristin M. White hascreated the number one gap year resource."
Chris Stakich, co–founder and executive director, ThinkingBeyond Borders