Gap Year Articles

Gap years have been on our radar since long before Malia Obama announced she'd be taking a year off before entering Harvard. For most of the country, though, the announcement was probably followed by a mass Googling of "what is a gap year?" This isn't that surprising -- until...
For the past three years, I've tried to keep track of special moments. It's harder than you'd think, especially being abroad. Moments never happen when you think they will. In fact, some events that very clearly should be "moments" in the grand scheme of my life can often go by...
It seems like Tibet is on just about everyone's bucket list. But with a complicated visa process, a mandatory tour, and a sticky political situation, Tibet is one of the most difficult places in the world to visit. I was fortunate enough to make my way to Tibet at 22-years-old,...
Taking a year off from university or the world of work to travel the globe on a gap year sounds just about perfect doesn’t it? Whether you picture yourself trekking through the mountains of Nepal, volunteering at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic or learning French as you...
Many of us have been raised in a culture that intrinsically places a strong emphasis on what amounts to a "set life course": primary and secondary school, higher education, professional work, marriage, family, and retirement. This path of development is usually pursued without...
If you had to guess one thing that everybody working for Go Overseas had in common, what would you choose -- besides the fact that we're all devilishly charming, sharp as a tack, and can cook a mean soufflé, of course. Personally, I'd guess that we all love to travel, but that's...
Jump ahead to your favorite adventure: Kayaking River rafting Rock climbing and deep water soloing Scuba diving Hiking and trekking Ziplining Canyoning Surfing Sandboarding Base and bungee jumping A trip to Southeast Asia doesn't just involve eating incredible food and laying on...
I remember sitting on the street that day in Guatemala, my backpack tucked under my arm, feeling very, very alone. And very stupid. Why was I taking a 10-hour bus ride across the country with no one by my side? With no one to share the experience? Besides the sense of impending...
Dear Malia, When the Go Overseas team filed into work yesterday morning, we were met with a flurry of phone calls and emails from reporters who wanted to learn more about the concept of a gap year. The number of visitors exploring the gap year programs and articles we have on our...