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Your guide to taking a gap year after matric

702's Xolani Gwala read out an email from a parent of a young person who matriculated last year and is looking at taking a gap year. The parent emphasises that while they support the idea of a gap year, they would like the experience to be meaningful and significant to the child's personal growth.

According to Wikipedia, a gap year is "a year before going to college or university after finishing high school, or taking a year off before going into graduate school after completing a bachelors (degree) as an undergraduate."

Listeners called in to explore the kind of opportunities available to the class of 2015 who want to take a gap year:

My just completed a gap year. She spent 6 months in France working as an Au Pair. It was a fabulous experience for her. She then came back and worked as a volunteer for 6 months in Tanzania. It was a good experience for her growth but it is an extremely expensive affair. Make sure your children have earning capacity in whatever they do.

Susan, 702 caller

I don't think a gap year needs to be expensive. There a hundreds of volunteering/ community initiatives who need volunteers around South Africa.

Tracy, 702 caller

I've just come back from Malaysia and they have a pre-university year. We don't have that here in South Africa but at UJ Technolab we are trying to encourage people to consider engineering. We are looking for volunteers.

Michael, 702 caller

I took off 12 months after school to give back and it was the most amazing year ever because I got to know who I am and where I belong in the world out there. My advice to young people is: don't just into the first career out there; take the year off to find out who you are, introspect and give back. Giving back gives you a picture of the world bigger than what we get at school.

Humaira, 702 caller

Listen to the conversation below:

Below are some suggestions from listeners:

Gap-year opportunities:

In South Africa:

Cultural Exchange/ volunteering/ work

International summer camps

Work/ leadership programmes (fee-based)


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