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!


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 topics about gap years, and presented by both GYA member counselors and program providers. Livestream registration and attendance is free and open to any school district / school personnel, students and families.

We are grateful to Streamable U for partnering with us to make Gap Year Exploration Month robust with informational opportunities for educators, students, and their families. Check out the calendar here.

Social Media Events & Additional Online Events

Julia is hosting a Zoom webinar on Feb 13 about planning a low-cost gap year

Check out the Gap Year Exploration Month calendar here for in person and online events throughout February!

Contests & Giveaways

Win a copy of the new edition of The Complete Guide to the Gap Year by Kristin White from Gap Year Radio!

How to enter:

  1. Follow @gapyearradio on instagram
  2. Comment on a contest post with #explorethegapyear

Gap Year Association $500 Instagram Contest

Make a video about your upcoming gap time (if a future gapper) or your gap year experience (if you’re an alum) for a chance to win $500!

Follow @gapyearassociation on instagram and see below for full details!

USA Gap Year Fairs $3000 Ambassador Scholarship

Tell themwhy and you could win a scholarship to make those dreams become a reality! We’ll grant two scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding motivation to pursue gap year experiences. Apply here.

Deadline: April 30, 2020, Value$3,000

$3000 Travel Access Project Grants

Travel Access Project is awarding as many as TEN $3000 grants for Gap Year travel during the 2020-21 academic year.

ANYONE CAN APPLY! No restrictions on age, or citizenship. We’ve awarded grants to people all over the world!

Each TAP Grant awarded includes:

  • $3000 USD to be used towards travel or educational costs associated with your Gap Year
  • Student membership in the Gap Year Association
  • Support from  Sean, Jenn for TAP Grant Recipients to celebrate and advance your Gap Year plans
  • Setout travel backpack, this is a full sized carry on bag from Tortuga Backpacks, we think it’s the perfect piece of luggage for your gap year!
  • GRAYL GEOPRESS, a large capacity filtering bottle that lets you drink the water, anywhere.
  • Access to special discounts from partner organizations, including Tortuga BackpacksEn Route Consulting, and BootsnAll.

Additional Scholarships

Find additional gap year contests and scholarships on the Gap Year Association financial aid page and keep in mind most gap year programs offer in-house scholarships and financial aid!