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Ep. 507 Gap Year Alumni Survey Results with Researcher Kempie Blythe & 2021 Program Preview

Ep. 507 Gap Year Alumni Survey Results with Researcher Kempie Blythe & 2021 Program Preview

Margo and Julia close out Season Five of Gap Year Radio by looking behind and looking ahead. We talk to international educational consultant Kempie Blythe about the results of the 2020 Gap Year Alumni Survey, a massive nation-wide survey conducted by the Gap Year Association. Kempie gives us a highlight reel of survey results that showcase the benefits and outcomes of the gap year option. Afterwards, Julia and Margo give an overview of gap year opportunities on offer for winter/spring 2021 and the safety protocols programs have in place to manage covid risk for students and communities. If you are taking a gap year or gap semester and looking information on what is possible, this episode is a must-listen!

International Educational Consultant and founder of Transformative Travel Consulting Kempie Blythe is the co-researcher on the 2020 Gap Year Alumni Survey, conducted by the Gap Year Association. Together with researcher Nina Hoe Gallagher, Kempie poured over the data from 1200 respondents as well as alums from Americorps to analyze the motivations, activities and outcomes of gap year participants.

Here are some key findings that we discuss on the show:

  • Motivations – Respondents say they took gap time to gain life experience, see the world/experience different cultures.
  • Cost – 1/3 of respondents spent less than $5,000.
  • Recipes – Respondents engaged in 246 different combinations of activities! Travel abroad, service work, language learning, and structured programming were common elements of gap year experiences for the majority respondents.
  • Outcomes – Respondents cite increased maturity and self confidence, learning how to interact with people from different cultures/backgrounds as the top outcomes of their gap time.
  • Skills – Respondents cite cultural awareness, communication, and self-direction as top skill outcomes.
  • Greatest growth, learning and development were fostered through interactions with difference (different place and new/different people).
  • 95% of respondents reported that their gap year prepared them for their next step (whether it was college, vocational school, community college, military, or the workforce).
  • Gap year outcomes were not related to type, length, cost of gap year or what the participant did afterwards (college, CTE, workforce) .

In other words, you can do anything on your gap year and reap the positive outcomes as long as is it is done with intention!

The last half of the episode we explore what students can consider for 2021 gapping. Some resources we think are great include:

Gap Year Association, including their COVID program page that will update which programs are running programs.

GoOverseas and USA Gap Year Fairs (virtual!)

TeenLife

Ladder

Let’s Gapp

 

Ep. 506 Tyler Newman on Year of Mastery

Ep. 506 Tyler Newman on Year of Mastery

Joining us on the pod today is Tyler Newman, a current gapper and founder of a gap year program called Year of Mastery, which is an opportunity for students to unlock their fullest potential through 12 months of passion exploration. She tells us more about her accessible, student led peer support model that gives students the platform they need to succeed in their gap year. She also discusses her other personal endeavors, including tutoring in her free time, as well as the other projects she has recently founded. She shares about Afro Puff Chronicles, which gives womxn of color a platform to speak their truth through a celebration of art and writing, and her upcoming Women of Color virtual conference in March.

 

You can find Tyler and her team at Year of Mastery on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yearofmastery/?hl=en, and you can find Afro Puff Chronicles online at http://afropuffchronicles.com/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/afropuffchronicles/?hl=en!

Ep. 505 Life on the Road with Jane and Jason of J2Guides

Ep. 505 Life on the Road with Jane and Jason of J2Guides

We are excited to host Jane and Jason Sarouhan on the podcast, long time gap year counselors and co-founders of J2Guides. Many students this year have opted for the cross country road trip as a part of their gap year, and Jane and Jason have begun their own van life adventure this year with their daughter. They share with the listeners the fun adventures of life on the road, as well as what students might need to consider when planning their road trip.

 

Jane and Jason pass along much of their lessons learned and top tips for any students who might be considering a road trip as part of their gap year. And certainly inspire anyone out there who has been considering a #vanlife adventure of their own!

Jane and Jason are cofounders of J2Guides (https://j2guides.com/), and have created a unique gap year counseling model based on their decades of experience in the field, which they tell us a bit more about on the episode. You can follow along on their road trip adventures on their Instragram (https://www.instagram.com/j2guides/?hl=en)!

Ep. 502 Caleb Kyle of Outward Bound Costa Rica

Ep. 502 Caleb Kyle of Outward Bound Costa Rica

Ready to take a tropical detour? You are in the right place!

In episode you’ll hear from Caleb Kyle, an alum of Outward Bound Costa Rica and Torchbearer’s in New Zealand. His gap year experiences included surfing in sleepy Kiwi towns, exploring his faith through being in nature, gaining leadership skills in Central America and learning to roll with a covid evacuation in Panama.

Caleb’s biggest takeaways:

  • Priority of where he lives – he discovered he wants to be in Colorado to take advantage of snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking and the other outdoor activities he enjoys. His gap year experiences allowed him to gain more certifications to do these activities safely in the back country.
  • Maturity and more self-awareness
Caleb and his cohort in Costa Rica

“Outward Bound Costa Rica was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done but I was able to learn so much from it.”