There are so many reasons to take a gap year or spend five weeks in another country over the summer. We could talk about the benefits all day but we think it’s better to hear from those who carved out a new path because of their AV experience.
Whether skiing, snowboarding, working in a chalet, instructing or simply enjoying the apres ski, there is no doubt that snow season offer the opportunity to socialize, make friends and indulge. So, what can young people do to balance this period of extreme energy and expense?
The summer’s over and millions of young people across the world are back at school, back to saving for college or university and back to planning their future. Now is the time when students should start thinking about whether they want to head straight into the next phase of their education after this academic year or if they’d benefit from some time out.
While summer feels like it should be the time to relax, forget about studies and enjoy time with friends, that isn’t the reality for students who have spent the past few weeks nervously awaiting their exam results.
Everyone from US lawyers to Mark Zuckerberg have been taking Mandarin language classes, as China has emerged as a global superpower. But it’s a challenging language to get to grips with, hence the reason our AVs spend the first month of their gap year in China learning Mandarin intensively.
“I never took a gap year in the traditional sense of a year out. Instead each summer since my A-levels and through university I have gone away on a project.”