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Taking a gap year after high school: Advice for every grad

Article by GVI

GVI

Posted: December 13, 2022

Are you considering taking a gap year after high school? If so, you’re not alone! More and more students are choosing to take a gap year after high school, and for good reason.

A gap year after high school: one way to find your own path 

Many Gen Zers are considering taking a gap year after high school rather than going the more “traditional” route of previous generations and entering into tertiary study or the workforce right away. With one the markers of Gen Z being a marked prioritisation of mental health and individuality, these traditional paths through life are being challenged in a number of ways.

You want to take a break from the pressures of school, explore the world before committing to a college or university, or break away from the routines and environment you’ve been raised in. You have options! 

A gap year after high school can be an incredibly rewarding experience, providing you with the opportunity to travel, volunteer, gain work experience, and take some time to figure out what you want to do with your life. It can also be a great way to take a break from the pressures of school and recharge your batteries before embarking on the next stage of your education.

But what does a gap year after high school involve, and is it right for you? Here are a few things to consider:

 

 

Travel 

A gap year after high school is the perfect time to see the world! Whether you want to backpack through Europe, volunteer in Africa, or explore Asia, a gap year can provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons and have some amazing experiences.

Volunteering

A gap year is also a great time to give back and make a difference in the world. Whether you want to work with underprivileged children, protect the environment, or help out in a natural disaster, there are countless opportunities to volunteer and make a positive impact.

Work experience

A gap year can also be a great time to gain some valuable work experience. Whether you want to intern at a company, work as a waiter, or start your own business, a gap year can provide you with the opportunity to learn new skills and build your resume.

Figure out what you want to do with your life

A gap year can also be a great time to take a step back and think about what you want to do with your life. Whether you’re unsure about what college major to choose, or you’re not sure if college is right for you, a gap year can provide you with the time and space to figure out what you want to do next.

Taking a gap year after high school and acknowledging privilege

It’s important to remember that being able to volunteer or travel during a gap year is a privilege. Not everyone has the financial means, the access to resources, or the freedom to take a year off to pursue these opportunities. It’s important to recognise and acknowledge this privilege, and not take it for granted. In addition, it’s important to use this privilege to make a positive impact in the world, whether through volunteering, travelling responsibly, or supporting social causes. By recognising and leveraging our privileges, we get on track to start holding ourselves accountable and directing our efforts towards positive impact. The goal is to listen, learn, and commit!

If you’re considering taking a gap year and want to get involved in volunteering or community service, GVI offers a variety of programs and opportunities for gap year students. 

Our programs range from wildlife conservation and community development, to education and healthcare. GVI also offers a variety of support services, including language training, accommodation, and travel advice, to help make your gap year experience safe, rewarding, and meaningful. 

Whether you want to make a difference in the world, gain valuable work experience, or simply have a life-changing adventure, we can help you achieve your goals. Find your program now.

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