Looking for inspiration, funny ideas, or just advice? Read about our past experiences to see what we have done, and hear how it went. You can even check out some of our individual blogs. And please feel free to email us with any questions! 

Where in the world are the Gap Year Students? Find out who's been where here!

Sam

Sam

HOMETOWN: Ogden, Utah CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Geology GAP YEAR: I made artwork, went on road trips, spent time with my family, and hiked with my dog every day. CONTACT: sfcartwright@middlebury.edu

Elliot

Elliot

HOMETOWN: Coventry, UK CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Undecided GAP YEAR: Worked on an organic farm near Marseille, France before heading to Burkina Faso, West Africa to volunteer with the National Paralympic Committee as a researcher. I then backpacked across Northern China and then followed the East Australian coast from Sydney to Cairns. I ended my incredible year Brown County, IN where I worked as a camp counselor for inner city kids from low income families. CONTACT: ermiller@middlebury.edu

BROOKE

BROOKE

HOMETOWN: Randolph, VT CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Undecided GAP YEAR: I was an exchange student in Germany for a year with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. I lived with a host family, attended a Gymnasium (German high school), and focused on learning the language and culture. When time allowed, I enjoyed exploring new cities. BLOG: http://apurplesuitcase.blogspot.com CONTACT: bangell@middlebury.edu

Rachel

Rachel

HOMETOWN: Rockland, ME CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Undecided GAP YEAR: For my gap year I volunteered with adults with special needs in Callan, Ireland as part of an international organisation called Camphill. The organisation is founded on Karl König’s philosophy of “life-sharing”, which is the basis for the holistic life style fostered by the communities. CONTACT: r.langeschneider@gmail.com

Danilo

Danilo

HOMETOWN: Uberlandia, Brazil CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Film and Media Culture GAP YEAR: Living in Rio de Janeiro and sharing a house with people from 5 different countries, I volunteered in project that helped favelas of Rio, I joined a nucleus of scientific research, produced a documentary, interned at a film production company, created a crowdfunding campaign, and produced a show that premiered at a theatre in my hometown. CONTACT: dherrera@middlebury.edu

Kelsey

Kelsey

HOMETOWN: San Diego, CA CLASS YEAR: 2017 MAJOR: Art history/Italian/? (undecided) GAP YEAR: Worked at a coffee shop in my hometown and then backpacked around Asia (China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) CONTACT: khlee@middlebury.edu

Hannah

Hannah

HOMETOWN: Miami, FL CLASS YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Undecided GAP YEAR: Congressional Bundestag Youth Vocational Exchange.Worked as a kindergarten teacher and lived with a host family in Freiburg, Germany for the year. I also managed to see 27 different cities 9 different countries in my spare time! CONTACT: hpustejovsky@middlebury.edu

Caley

Caley

HOMETOWN: West Hartford, CT YEAR: 2018 MAJOR: Undecided GAP YEAR: Worked as a waitress and as a debate, art and writing teacher for homeschooled students. Spent a few weeks at the Nada Hermitage in Crestone Colorado and few more just hanging out/skiing in Colorado. Led a drive to collect goods for homeless children in Connecticut. Traveled around France and Scotland for a while. CONTACT: cahenderson@middlebury.edu

Jeremy

Jeremy

HOMETOWN: Armonk, NY CLASS: 2017 MAJOR: Undeclared GAP STUFF: Studied french in Grenoble, France for three months at the Université de Grenoble with Academic Programs International. Volunteered at the Greenburgh Nature Center. Took a wilderness leadership course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) BLOG: http://jermsgapyear.blogspot.fr/ CONTACT: jvandenberg@middlebury.edu

Karina

Karina

HOMETOWN: Seattle, WA CLASS YEAR: 2017 MAJOR: International Politics and Economics with a focus in Arabic. GAP YEAR: I studied Mandarin at Yantai University and taught English to everyone from 6 year old children to pharmaceutical lawyers in Yantai, China for 10 months. During holiday breaks, I traveled all around China via planes, trains, and automobiles. BLOG: http://okarinaoftoy.tumblr.com/ CONTACT: ktoy@middlebury.edu

Emma

Emma

HOMETOWN: Salem, OR CLASS YEAR: 2018 Major: Undecided GAP YEAR: I went to Chile! I spent 5 weeks learning Spanish in Santiago and then worked on an organic farm in an indigenous community in Northern Patagonia for six months. Then I worked at home as a lifeguard and selling produce at a farmers market for four months. CONTACT: eronaidurning@middlebury.edu

Sami

Sami

HOMETOWN: Oakland, CA CLASS YEAR: 2017 MAJOR: Sociology/Anthropology GAP YEAR: Worked with street children in Peru with an organization called Casa Generacion, then worked at a Fundo Los Leones, in Patagonian Chile. BLOG: (Scroll down for abroad stuff) http://ohwhyhellothereworld.tumblr.com/ CONTACT: slamont@middlebury.edu

If you would like to submit your gap year story, email gapyear@middlebury.edu with your information and a picture.

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