10 Great Gap Year Ideas for Teens and College Students


If you currently have a college-aged student in your family, you may be hearing a lot of talk about kids considering a gap year for the 2020-2021 academic year. With the many uncertainties swirling around plans for campus life this fall, the idea of taking some time off is a growing consideration for some.

Typically, a gap year is a semester or year-long break before undergraduate studies or professional schools begin, when students embrace experiential learning – growing in practical, personal, and professional ways.

A gap year can last a semester or more, typically before college. (Twenty20 @jacobandrews64)

Here are some opportunities to consider if your student may be thinking about delaying on-campus undergraduate or graduate level learning over the next year.

Gap Year Ideas

1. AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that…

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