Notes From the Field: Katarina Ashour on Serving at the Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

For the last month I have been volunteering in South Africa at the DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage. It has been a wonderful experience here working with children and animals. Each week a new group of eight children, usually four girls and four boys, come to stay at DAKTARI from the surrounding low income[…]

Gap Year Planning for Parents: Help Your Student Plan, With GAP YEAR 30 PARENTS (it’s free!)

Does your student want to take a gap year but you’re not sure where to start with the planning? If your child is thinking about taking a gap year but you are feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea of planning it, you’re not alone! It’s normal to struggle with the logistics of planning a[…]

19 Non-Awkward Ways to Meet People When Traveling Solo on Your Gap Year

Solo travel can be invigorating, enlightening — and terribly lonely. Why not just “be friendly” and “say hi” to new people that you meet? Here’s why: because introducing yourself to a total stranger in a café (or bar, or party, or at a tourist attraction, or on public transport) can feel creepy, anxiety-provoking and awkward[…]

Why Use a Gap Year Counselor?

If you are in high school, chances are you or someone you know is working with a college counselor to help them through the painstaking college application process. For students who need help deciding which schools to apply to or how to write a great essay or how to finance their college experience, this guidance[…]