WHY A BRIDGE YEAR INSTEAD OF A GAP YEAR?
A gap year, by its name, doesn't necessarily lead to anything. It's closer to taking time off before moving on to something new. Gaps are holes, and who wants to be in a hole? A bridge year experience, however, creates a connection between what you are currently doing and what you want to do. In a bridge experience, you gain experience and knowledge that builds upon what you already can do while helping you acquire new skills that will lead to your "next." Bridge years can help you discern how you can transfer your skills from one career path to another or whether you really want to do what you have your mind set on doing.
BRIDGE YEAR OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION OR WITH AN EDUCATION COMPONENT
(*not an exhaustive list)
Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE) - University of Notre Dame
Ameson Year in China
Boston MATCH Corps
Casa de Esperanza/Hands of Hope
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
English Opens Doors
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award (see Prestigious Fellowships below)
Franklin Road Academy Fellows Program
Japan Exchange and Teaching Program USA
Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship
Student Conversation Association Community Volunteer Ambassadors
Teach for America (TFA)
Teachers for Asia
Wesleyan Faculty Fellows (Peachtree Corners, GA)
Presitigious fellowships can support study, research, and teaching abroad for undergraduates, graduates students or alumni. For more information, click here.
Make an appointment with the prestigious fellowships advisor Shannon Dobranski through GradesFirst. www.gatech.gradesfirst.com