Gap Year Program
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So you are looking for a challenging gap year program? Great idea! A gap year is a great opportunity to develop yourself, step out of your comfort zone and do things you have never done before. You probably want to travel, learn more about yourself, develop new skills and getting in touch with different cultures and worldviews. At the Shelter Youth Hostel Ministry we understand this desire. We offer year-round gap year opportunities for people between 18 and 30 years old in which they grow in a personal, professional and spiritual way. Read here everything you need to know about a gap year and the gap year opportunities we offer!
What is a gap year?
You probably heard other people about taking a gap year. And maybe you were wondering: “What is a gap year?” or “Would a gap year be something for me?”. A gap year is any year between educational transitions: after graduating high school, as a break during your studies, or right after you graduated. So strictly taken, a gap year means that people take time away from their education to pursue something different. We rather define a gap year as an experience of a lifetime: a unique opportunity to take a little detour from your regular life and do things you’ve always dreamed of but never had the chance to do. It is a great time to invest in yourself and discover more about who you are. And where can you do this better than in a foreign country?
Reasons for doing your gap year abroad
You might have to convince people around you about this whole gap year thing. Therefore we wrote down some reasons that could help you explain why taking a gap year is a good idea. One of the best ways to find out who you are and what you’re capable of is by going out of your comfort zone. Doing a gap year abroad, instead of in your own country, challenges you to do this. Being away from home will help you to become more independent, mature and grow on a personal level. While there are loads of opportunities for a gap year abroad, the advantages are universal:
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Get life experience by living away from home and from your safe environment
- Broaden your horizon and your network
- Get in touch with people from different cultures and religions
- Learn new skills, like communicating with people from other cultures
- Take time to think about your future and next steps in life
- Gain work experience, when you spend (a part of) your gap year volunteering or working
- Return home with a fresh perspective on life and renewed energy
Why settle into a career so early on in life? You have plenty of years ahead of you to settle down and get rooted. But young adulthood is a unique opportunity to venture out and gain a new perspective. And at the end of your gap year, you will most certainly be different. You’ll likely have different values and a deeper understanding of the people around you. In short: no matter how you choose to spend it, a gap year can be a hugely significant time in a person’s life.