Celebrating the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.


Any of the options below may be pursued domestically or internationally, on its own, or in combination with others.

Group-based cultural immersion or experiential programs (domestic or international)  °  Internship or skill based experienced  °  Service learning/volunteering  °  Work in exchange for room and board  ° Personal travel  ° Employment

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A Smorgasborg of Options

A Gap Away clients have been all over the map, near and far, with experiences ranging from travel to service to building a skill.  Activities Sandy recommends are personalized to your goals and vetted by her–in some cases, by a site visit.

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Interested in a political or issues-based gap year? Sandy helped to develop the website "Election 2020 Gap Year" to help young activists get started planning their "gaptivist" year. Check it out!

  • Yoga teacher training in Thailand.
  • Safari Field Guide Certification in South Africa. Track wildlife, study the stars, flora, and fauna.
  • Intern in on Capitol Hill or volunteer on a political campaign.
  • Volunteer at scarlet macaw research center in Costa Rica. Build your Spanish in the process.
  • Study pottery in the French Alps and provide support to the elderly master.
  • Assist in elementary grade classrooms at home or around the world. Recent clients have been to Guatemala, Peru, and Nepal.
  • Teach yourself programming and develop an App.
  • Study for your TESOL certificate and teach English abroad.
  • Live with a group of gap year interns in Sydney, Australia. Build independent living, travel and work skills.
  • Work! Earning money and building good employment skills is a common component of a gap year.
  • Travel in Italy with a group of like-minded young adults, taking in cultural sites and lectures along the way.
  • Get your ski instructor certification and teach at resorts in Canada, or elsewhere.
  • Learn to scuba dive and volunteer in marine research.
  • Live on a kibbutz in Israel and volunteer with individuals with disabilities.
  • Intern at children’s bookstore and explore your interest in the literary world.
  • Travel through New Zealand and Australia with a group of environmentally engaged gappers.
  • Live among monks in Thailand. Meditate and teach English.
  • Live with a family in Spain, France or Italy and provide conversational coaching for their children.
  • Explore Patagonia, mountains and culture.
  • Study photography. Self-teach, intern, or take workshops at home and abroad.
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail, the Camino de Santiago, or more.
  • Live and study art in Greece.
  • Learn Portuguese while living/working with a local Brazilian painting crew here in the US. Use your earnings to travel to Brazil and visit their families.
  • Intern at an agricultural center in New Zealand.
  • Study martial arts in China.

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What do people say?

I was a wreck when I was admitted to college as a winter admit and felt so supported by Sandy. She understood it was a big adjustment to be planning a gap semester out of the blue. In her Gap 101 session she helped me, and my parents, begin to see that I'd been given a gift.
Sandy coached me on how to plan a gap year. At first it seemed like a lot of effort, but she gave me the tools to use and it worked. I learned how to research and plan a trip (to Europe and Morocco) in a way I'd never really done before.
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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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