Gap Year Volunteering | Student Training & Education in Public Service

An up-and-coming trend for American students, a gap year is a semester or year away from college either domestically or abroad aimed at “increasing self-awareness, learning about different cultural perspectives, and experimenting with future possible careers,” as defined by the U.S. Gap Year Association. And while there are many reasons to take a gap year, nearly half of American students in a recent survey cited a desire to volunteer as a main factor driving their decision. Interested in taking a volunteer gap year yourself but aren’t sure where to begin? Keep reading to learn about the key benefits of gap year volunteering, find expert tips for planning your volunteer gap year, see which organizations have the best gap year programs for your volunteer interests, and much more.