Across the US, more students than ever are setting off on a Gap Year before, during, or after college—even President Obama’s daughter, Malia.
This is your chance to take charge of your life: see a new place, get inspired, and set out in a new direction. That’s why CCS has developed a unique Gap Year Abroad program.
So why volunteer abroad during your gap year?
1. You’re not a tourist; you are part of the community.
This was the beginning of a recent conversation that I had with my soon to graduate 18-year-old son. As someone who grew up with the option of going to college or going to college, “Gap Year” was a foreign concept. Which is really not far from the truth; gap years have been common for some time in Britain and Australia. However, here in the US, their popularity has just increased over the last few years.
It's time for another update from our group of seven Princeton Bridge Year students who happen to be having the Cross-Cultural Solutions gap year adventure of a lifetime in Salvador, Brazil. Check out this excerpt from Caitlin's blog and learn about one of her favorite moments so far.
It's time for another update from our group of seven Princeton Bridge Year students spending their gap year with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Brazil. The group has been in-country for about one month, and each day they share new experiences as they learn, grown, and volunteer together.
Just a few short weeks ago, Cross-Cultural Solutions and the Princeton University Bridge Year Program kicked off our brand new partnership by sending our very first group of Bridge Year students to Salvador, Brazil.
My experience with Cross-Cultural Solutions began while I was attending Hartwick College in 2008. I had hit a roadblock that I'm sure you may have faced when you were a student, or perhaps you're not quite there yet, but we all tend to hit a moment in life where we just can't clearly see the road ahead. So I rather than a gap year, I decided to take a gap semester in Costa Rica in hopes that it would help me to determine my path forward.
If you've been considering a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer abroad adventure in Ghana's Volta Region—or any of our 12 amazing international destinations—then you've got to check out this video.
Your gap year has the potential to be absolutely anything. The sky is the limit; the world, your proverbial oyster. But once your gap year has drawn to a close, and you’ve unpacked – and Febreezed – your backpack, it would be nice to have more than a few new Facebook photos and a serious case of jetlag to remember your experience, right?