After completing high school or college, what is the next step? This may be the perfect time to take a step back and get a broader perspective on the world and on the future by traveling abroad. Taking a gap year is a chance to discover new interests and master new skills or a language; a chance to try a career on for size and discover what people in that field actually do around the world; a chance to make a difference for people in another country and gain a new perspective on what’s possible. World Endeavors gap year participants do all this and more, and return home better prepared than ever for college, graduate school, or a career.
Build Your Resume
Many students and recent graduates find it difficult to distinguish themselves from the crowd of job applicants. Taking a gap year to intern abroad is a chance to explore a career field in an exciting setting and gain some unbeatable life experience. From the moment of their arrival, international interns receive a real-life education in adapting to new circumstances and communicating across cultural contexts. And in the course of the internship, they get exposure to the career field they’re interested in and acquire experience that will help them get ahead.
Learn a Language
Speaking another language allows access into other cultures and opens up new patterns of thought, and because it’s such a versatile skill, it’s a great choice for gap-year participants who are still deciding what they want to do in their work or studies. World Endeavors’ study programs combine immersion in the host country’s language and culture with attentive classroom instruction, putting participants on the fast track to language mastery.
Make a Difference
Volunteering is a fantastic way to put a gap year to good use. On World Endeavors’ volunteering programs, participants learn new skills and gain a powerful understanding of what they can do with dedicated effort. It’s a first-hand education in the challenges that are faced by people around the world, and in what individuals can do to help. These experiences are invaluable for participants on a gap year as they decide on a career or a course of studies.