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A Gap Away is a member of the Gap Year Association and meets GYA’s high standards for responsible advising. Additionally, Sandy Storer is a member of the Independent Education Consultants Association and the National Association of Social Workers, and she abides by the ethical standards of both organizations.

 Sandy coaches students to evaluate programs or activities for a good and appropriate fit. A Gap Away clients are expected to adhere to the policies detailed in our Policy Statement and meet our Essential Eligibility Requirements


A Gap Away warmly welcomes students and clients of all identities, status, orientations, beliefs, and abilities. Sandy strives to expand participation in the gap year experience and improve access to all individuals. Practicing respect for different backgrounds and perspectives is an essential component of most gap year experiences; this benefit is heightened when a diverse cohort of individuals are participating in the gap year movement.

Cost sensitive

Planning and experiencing a gap year should not be a privilege only available to the wealthy. Program recommendations take affordability and sound financial planning into account. Sandy is particularly enthusiastic about supporting students who are self-funding all or part of their gap experiences; her sliding scale fee structure supports those with financial need.

A Gap Away offers an annual, merit-based, scholarship opportunity for a self-funding student.


Sandy is an independent, single practioner and accepts no commissions or other perks from any gap year programs. Her program recommendations are soley based upon fit with the gapper's vision, goals, and budget.


Many gappers are drawn to an element of public service as a gap year goal. A Gap Away provides resources about responsible service ethics to students. A Gap Away supports Fair Trade Learning Standards and asks clients to abide by specific guidelines detailed in our Ethical Service and Travel Statement. (see links below):

Customer reviews

What do people say?

Sandy helped me understand that planning with goals in mind would make my gap year more valuable. Before meeting with her I wasn't clear with myself about why I wanted to take a gap year - I just knew I needed a break. Sandy taught me to evaluate volunteer programs and to understand the impact the experience would have. She really does help to "make it meaningful."
A gap away alum
We did our own research, and attended gap year fairs but it only left us with piles of brochures. I went online to look for help and found Sandy. I liked that she had experience as a therapist. She totally "got" my son very quickly, then put together a list of possibilities she thought might be a fit for him. It was reassuring that she knew people who attended AND ran the programs. I definitely recommend Sandy as a gap year advisor.

Coaching services for a purposeful and self-directed year of personal growth and fun.  Located outside of Boston, MA, A Gap Away is also available for advising via telephone and video.  

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