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Global Citizen Year | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Global Citizen Year

A week after returning from my eight-month stay in Ecuador, I found myself on Stanford's campus for the "Admitted Students Weekend." There I was, wear...

Taking a Gap Year to Change the World and Yourself

Brad Jamison | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Brad Jamison

I've been wondering lately if our traditional model of launching one's career - going directly from college into the workforce, maybe hitting grad school along the way - is the best approach out there.

4 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad at 40

Yelena Parker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Yelena Parker

Big dates make us pause, review where our lives have taken us, reevaluate our priorities and set new goals. For those who do not have children, a change of scenery to clear your head and make a difference for communities in need can help.

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Ryan O'Rourke

Many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future on hold for a year of travel the best idea?

14 Ways to Work While Traveling

Stephanie Be | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Congrats to all of the new grads! If you're looking to put your career on hold and TRAVEL before you dive into a committed occupation, here's list of ways to do it!

Reentering the U.S. After a Year Abroad: Responsible Intentions

Maddy Lisaius | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Maddy Lisaius

On the airplane from Quito to Houston, I wondered how challenging stepping into my United States world would be after my "gap" year spent in Ecuador.

How This Couple Reinvented Themselves From The Inside Out

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us are increasingly aware of the countdown clock as we hit our 50s and then our 60s. What once seemed like a future full of opportunity, and time to take advantage of it, is increasingly looking like a looming deadline, and we feel like we'd better get our act together before we run out of time.

Feeling Burned Out? Take A Gap Year

Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory. "My ...

This University Will Pay Students To Take Year Off

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 03.14.2014 | College

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A new Tufts University program hopes to remove the financial barriers keeping cash-strapped students from taking a year off af...

From the Amazon to the Classroom: Takeaways from My Gap Year

Joan Hanawi | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Joan Hanawi

One of the most significant takeaways I have from my experiences abroad is the learned difference between idealistic commercialized altruism and the actual capacity for one to help, if at all.

17 Unique Quotes From Young Travelers That Will Make You Want to Pack Up and Go

Stephanie Be | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Travel: we love it. Feelings: we have them. But there's an omnipotence to words, that's sometimes stripped by clichés. Here's a look at original mantra from the everyday person -- young travelers - on the phenomenon that re-defines life.

If You Were a 17-Year-Old Out of High School, What Would You Do With Your Life?

Quora | Posted 04.19.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

I tested out of high school two years early, and lately I've just become so stuck and cynical of life. I don't know what I'm missing and why I'm stuck...

Travel Is My Grad School

Adam Groffman | Posted 03.29.2014 | College
Adam Groffman

It would seem I still have a lot of friends and followers that think my year-long gap year is just a joy trip. A lot of money for a lot of fun. Well, ...

A Travel Addict's Index to Higher Highs

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

"When you travel often, you will be addicted to it forever." -- Henry Miller Gateway drugs push you on to higher highs. Could the same be said for...

The Gap in the Classroom

Charlotte Platt | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Charlotte Platt

The gap year comes with all of its own connotations and expectations of how it should be spent, and more often than not their proponents tend to value one experience above all others: travel. But why travel? Why at this age and stage in life?

The Big Decision I Don't Want To Be Pressured Into Making

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Young students shouldn't be rushed into making a decision about their education without really knowing what that decision means.

7 Trips I Should've Taken Before Getting A Job

Suzy Strutner | Posted 12.23.2013 | Travel
Suzy Strutner

Very few employers are interested in lending you three weeks to wander aimlessly, explore the greater universe, and "find yourself." Do it now.

Gap Year Is the New Education

Andy Braner | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Andy Braner

I'm so excited for the class of 2014 as they engage in learning important leadership skills, invest in global business, education, and health care, and become the leaders of tomorrow who can make a difference in the world by knowing the world's problems and wresting through real solutions as they pursue higher education.

'How to Not Get Sick in India,' and Six Other Lessons From a Trip Around the World

Daniel Kronovet | Posted 10.12.2013 | Travel
Daniel Kronovet

These things aren't obvious and generally ran against my initial assumptions. If you're planning a similar trip abroad, these might save you some trouble. If you're not, they might (hopefully) whet the palate.

Backpacker's Technology Guide

Cody Gossett | Posted 06.22.2013 | Travel
Cody Gossett

Katie and I are two Americans taking a Gap Year. We're spending time in Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and Europe. There's a lot to s...

Hanging on to Your 'Joie de Vivre'

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Many people believe that continuing education can improve physical and mental health. I am firmly of that opinion. I can certainly attest to the benefits of taking up a hobby, an activity or learning a new skill at any age.

The Great American Gap Year

Cody Gossett | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Cody Gossett

Almost every person we've spoken to about our travels has told us that they're envious and want to do the same thing -- to that I always say, "You can. Just put a date on your calendar and give your jobs six weeks notice before you leave."

Missing South Korea's Charms

Claudine Williams | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel
Claudine Williams

Living abroad for several months can give travelers the opportunity to witness firsthand how others live. After I left my home in Georgia and moved to...

Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience

David Van Zandt | Posted 04.01.2013 | College
David Van Zandt

Parents and students expect real results from the four-year undergraduate curriculum. This is not unreasonable. Scholarly studies have shown that programs like Global Citizen Year do deliver real educational outcomes.

Is It Time to Re-Invent Education Systems?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.11.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

Widely thought to have some of the best higher education institutions in the world, we are facing increasing drop-out rates among university freshman, increasing cost of university education, and an overall generation change called "extended adolescence."