Ep. 201 Gap Year Exploration Month with USA Gap Year Fairs and Travel Access Project

February is Gap Year Exploration Month and we are inviting you to #explorethegapyear with us! Check out this full roster of GYEM events across the world.

Alia in Iceland


First we speak with Alia Pialtos of USA Gap Year Fairs. USA Gap Year Fairs organizes events across the US for students to discover gap year programs. Every winter, USA GYF travels to 41 locations from sea to shining sea. There are 20 fairs in February, so check usagapyearfairs.org to find one near you! We also speak with gap year alum Vicky Berman, who tells us about the fairs from a student perspective.

Gap Year alum Vicky

USA Gap Year Fairs is giving out two $2,000 scholarships to upcoming gappers. Go here to read about the guidelines and submit your application! These grants are sponsored by GoOverseas and the Center for Interim Programs.

USA Gap Year Fairs also created GapMatcher, a web application to help students find programs. This goes hand in hand with another huge resource, Go Overseas. Go Overseas runs the fairs and also a massive website of program participant reviews and great travel articles.

So many resources! Thanks Alia!


Next we speak with Jenn Miller of Travel Access Project, whose mission is to “put a gap year on every resume.” Pretty cool, huh?

Jenn can help your gap year dreams come true!

In addition to providing resources for independent gappers, TAP is giving away 10 $3,000 scholarships this year to gappers. That could be you! Follow this link and listen to our interview for details on how to apply. 

Friend of the pod Michelle Zhang, a TAP grant recipient

Speaking of travel resources, Travel Access Project is funded by AirTreks and BootsnAll, which also provide information and planning tools for gappers. Airtreks is even running a Gap Year Exploration Month round-the-world special!


Remember to follow the #explorethegapyear hashtag in Feb to see testimonials from gap year students, get promos for gap year programs and receive the heads up for events happening in your area. Visit gapyearexplorationmonth.com for more details.