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The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College [Paperback]

Kristin M. White

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Sept. 22 2009
This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again. It includes everything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact on a young life.

* Readers can find out what college admissions deans think of the gap year, and how it is becoming an important part of the educational process at top tier universities. 

*Economically, the gap year can make a lot of sense in a recession, and this useful guide gives information on free programs, financial aid, and tax savings.

*The book has a comprehensive guide to 200 of the world's best gap year programs.

*Students will find self-quizzes and helpful criteria to help them decide whether to take a gap year, and if so what kind of program. This guide helps them evaluate their interests and plan and fund their gap year; whether it means spending a year on a sailing vessel, coaching sports and teaching in an impoverished area, or following a passion in the arts or academics.



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"Clearly lays out the vast diversity of transformative programs available to any student while also providing an essential compass, and makes a compelling case on how this legitimate educational supplement could soon become an educational imperative."
Alex Safos, director, Global Learning Across Borders

"With a thorough directory of organizations, an explanation of the financial picture, comments from top college admissions directors, and an objective perspective, Kristin M. White has created the number one gap year resource."
Chris Stakich, co-founder and executive director, Thinking Beyond Borders

"A good choice for students with the means and broad perspective necessary to consider this experience." (Library Journal, February 2010)

"Whatever your motivation, if you are interested in pursuing a gap year experience, do your research. And I'd start by reading White's book." (CBS MoneyWatch.com, The College Solution)

"This guide's best feature is its clear and detailed organization by subject interest. If a marine life program is calling out to a teen, it is easy to find options and related subjects close by. Though the "gap year" is a relatively new concept in the United States, it is quite common in Europe and Australia. The directories of volunteer and for-credit gap year programs are pure gold. An index and resource list are included." (School Library Journal, "Choosing the Right College" January 27, 2010)

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This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to recharge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again. It includes everything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact on a young life. The Complete Guide to the Gap Year will help students:

Discover what college admissions deans think of the gap year and why it is becoming an important part of the educational process

Assess the economics of the gap year—the guide offers information on free programs, financial aid, and tax savings

Determine the right program with the comprehensive guide to 200 of the world's best gap year programs

Decide whether to take a gap year and what type of program to participate in by taking the book's self-quizzes

Whether it means spending a year on a sailing vessel, coaching sports and teaching in an impoverished area, or following a passion in the arts or academics, this invaluable guide will help students evaluate their interests, plan for, and fund their gap year.

Praise for The Complete Guide to the Gap Year

"Clearly lays out the vast diversity of transformative programs available to any student while also providing an essential compass, and makes a compelling case on how this legitimate educational supplement could soon become an educational imperative."
—Alex Safos, director, Global Learning Across Borders

"With a thorough directory of organizations, an explanation of the financial picture, comments from top college admissions directors, and an objective perspective, Kristin M. White has created the number one gap year resource."
—Chris Stakich, co-founder and executive director, Thinking Beyond Borders


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Gap Year Programs May 11 2010
By Kristine I. Hintz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kristin White's book is a good introduction to gap year programs. It offers great discussion of why and how to do a program, how to pay for it, and a full directory of different categories of programs.

This book is a user-friendly start to the process of identifying the menu of gap programs out there. Many students interested in gap programs simply go on the internet, which provides no complete directory or third-party discussion. This book is a great guidebook to help "jumpstart" the gap year program search.

I gave this program a 4 instead of a 5 because it could have gone a step further beyond simply identifying programs under different headings. There could have been more of an objective review process, explaining why each program might be appropriate for a certain kind of young person with a certain set of goals. There could have been comparisons between programs that on the surface appear almost identical. There could have been some due dilligence, pros and cons, what to watch out for, rewards and frustrations that have been experienced by students who enrolled in each program.

But as an introduction, especially with the lack of guidebooks available, the book serves a market need. Hopefully Ms. White will come out with a more in-depth guide in the future!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have Gap Year Guide Sept. 18 2009
By Emily Glickman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an educational consultant who advises Manhattan high school students, I am very glad to have read Kristin White's The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. While taking a gap year is common in Great Britain, many Americans are not familiar with this option. White explains what everyone considering a gap year needs to know: how the gap year factors into college admissions, how to pay for it, where to go and what to do. This is a very useful guide.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay... Not very valuable. June 21 2012
By B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is more of a reference, not a complete guide. All of the information in the book can be found easily online. The book really did not tell me anything I did not know before, so it definitely was not worth the money I paid for it.

It is mildly useful as a collection of various programs in one book.

The book is more useful if someone is looking for volunteer, study abroad, adventure, nature, or arts programs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, but a good start Jan. 9 2014
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kristin's guide covers some much-needed advising in this area, such as:

-- the growing trend of college admissions offices understanding the gap year as age-appropriate for students, this isn't about being "bad" or "undermotivated" necessarily
-- an (incomplete) directory of the kinds of programs out there and how to assess a program
-- how gap years can and cannot be written off for tax purposes.

However, there are some significant gaps here:

-- Kristin glides over issues surrounding the enrollment deposit.... it could be unethical for a student to submit an enrollment deposit to secure their place in the incoming class only to say "No thank you, I'd rather be volunteering in Costa Rica." She also doesn't discuss possible disadvantages to taking a year off, particularly taking a year off and reapplying to colleges.

-- She makes volunteering in a foreign country sound like a ski trip in Colorado. There are SERIOUS issues with any kind of international travel, particularly "let's play doctor on poor people" programs that tend to absorb teens and college students. She doesn't have to cover all of these issues, but she should point out they exist and recommend where readers can find resources.

-- She doesn't talk about rights students have when they travel. Do students have a right to retain their passport? If they get sick, do they have a right to choose their hospital? Can you sue in another country the way you can sue in the US? If you can't answer these questions in the book, where could I find these answers?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource though... May 10 2010
By Ardita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
not as complete as I would have liked. It provides some great resources and is worth purchasing if you or your student are considering a gap year but it falls short in two respects: 1) I wish it had had recommendations of programs for students who need some personal growth/matruing/issues to work on. 2) It would be helpful to have had the PG schools listing include the nature and scope of how PG students fit in to the cultures and curricula at those schools.

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