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Ep. 404 Focusing on Environmental Sustainability with Gap Year Alum Ivy Jones 

Gap year alum Ivy Jones spent her gap year expanding her knowledge and experience in environmental sustainability. She began her year with a Thinking Beyond Borders semester spent in Guatemala and Costa Rica education systems, sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism. Inspired by her experience with TBB, she dove deeper into environmental issues with EcoSwell, a grassroots organization based in Peru. There she assisted the organization in projects to support eco-tourism, reforestation projects and sustainable living. Her gap year informed her course of study at college and changed the ways she lives her daily life in order to have a lighter footprint..

Ep. 403 Disaster Relief Volunteering with Riley and Josiah

When disaster strikes, we are all asked to give money to help in the immediate aftermath. But once a disaster zone shifts to a recovery zone, you are also able to donate time and your own sweat. In this episode, we speak with Josiah Johnson and Riley Piva, two incredible gap year alums who dedicated time to disaster recovery with the international relief organization All Hands and Hearts. They open up about the experience volunteering in disaster relief, the mental health benefits of serving others and how you can get involved!  About All Hands and Hearts: All Hands and Hearts effectively..

Ep. 402 Andrew Buchanan on the Morehead Cain Scholarship and his Self-Designed Gap Year

Show Notes Andrew Buchanan joins us on the pod to discuss the various adventures he was able to have during his gap time. Andrew is a recipient of the Morehead Cain Scholarship, a program that provides a fully funded four year undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as offers funding for a gap year. Andrew was actually the first recipient of the gap year grant through the scholarship program, which provides $7,500 to any student taking a gap year with a significant international component. Andrew walks us through his year long adventures that included both family and solo..

Ep. 401 #ExploretheGapYear During Gap Year Exploration Month!

Did you know that February is Gap Year Exploration Month? There are so many fun ways to explore the opportunities of the gap year option this month. This episode, we chat all about Gap Year Exploration Month events happening every day this month! Events USA Gap Year Fairs The USA Gap Year Fairs travel across the country to educate, inspire, and empower students to look beyond the classroom and pursue opportunities for experiential learning.  Check the schedule to find a fair near you this month! Streamable U Livestream Events Streamable U will be hosting over 30 webinars focusing on various..

Ep. 307 Charlie Taibi of Year On

Joining us on the pod is Charlie Taibi, CEO of the gap year program Year On, a three part program that helps students gain the confidence, clarity, and direction they need to succeed in college and beyond. Charlie discusses with us the core principles of the Year On program, how he got to where he is today, and inspires us with his recent working sabbatical. Charlie has big ideas for the future of the gap year and shares his wisdom and dreams with the listeners of the pod. Additional: You can find Charlie and the folks over at Year On..

Ep. 306 Rough Magic Author Lara Prior Palmer on Horse Racing in Mongolia, Writing a Memoir and Being Brave

      Today we welcome bestselling author Lara Prior Palmer to talk about the gap year that inspired her book, Rough Magic. At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”―an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. Lara ultimately became the youngest and first-ever woman to win the race. Margo, Julia and Lara discuss the entirety of Lara’s gap year, what it was like competing as a woman and why she thinks..

Ep. 305 Marco Marsans on Service Learning, Refugee Resettlement and Private Equity

  Marco Marsans spent his gap year on four continents, expanding his understanding of himself as well as the mechanisms that make the global economy run. Marco learned that by understanding the functions of micro and macro economies, he can affect positive change in the world. In his captivating interview, Marco details how traveling in Asia, working with refugees in Costa Rica and interning at a private equity firm in Amsterdam informed his thinking on how to dismantle global inequities.  Marco divided his gap year into trimesters : Youth International Asia (personal growth) Interning in Costa Rica with CIME, working..

Ep. 304 Emma Hulme on Conserving the American West with American Conservation Experience

    Joining us on the pod is Emma Hulme, who spent her post-college gap time with the American Conservation Experience (or ACE), a branch of Americorps that coordinates and trains volunteers to undertake practical environmental restoration projects in America’s national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Emma tells us about how her three month stint with ACE turned into nearly a year of service in various parts of the west, and led her to her current adventures abroad and taking the leap to push outside of her comfort zone.   Interested in finding out more about ACE?..

EP. 303 Gap Years x College Admissions

    Ever wonder what colleges think about the gap year option? This episode we are joined by Skyler Adams, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Northwestern University. Skyler tells about the gap year from the admissions perspective and how to think about a gap year as it relates to applying for college. We also discuss the ideal deferral plan, how deferring can impact financial aid and why a gap year won’t help get you into college.     Show Notes: Tips for thinking about planning your gap year while applying to college:   Create list of deferral-friendly schools (check school websites,..

Ep. 302 Dividing Up Your Gap Year with Mackenzie Burke

This episode you are going to hear from Mackenzie Burke, a gap year alumni who participated in three distinct program during her gap time. She chats about the various passions and interests these three segments served for her, from the plains of East Africa, to researching life under the sea in Timor-Leste, to living on her own in Cusco Peru. Additionally she shares with us a bit more about the independence progression that she intentionally set up for herself during this year. Show Notes: The Three Sections of Mackenzie’s Gap Year Gap Semester in East Africa with ARCC Gap Marine..