A Gap Year is a semester or more of intentional time apart from formal education, typically taken between high school and college. Gap Years can be comprised of a series of experiences including volunteering, interning or career exploration, working, and traveling. Karl became familiar with the concept in the 1980s when he was a high school principal in Columbia, South Carolina. A couple of decades later, our youngest son, Adam, decided to take a gap year. It was transformational in the most positive sense. We have heard the same from numerous gappers over the years.
We have written two books on the subject:
We are honored to have received awards from the Gap Year Association:
- Karl received the 1st Lifetime Achievement award from the Gap Year Association
- Rae is the recipient of the 2020 Advancing the Gap Year Movement award