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This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge,to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or tofind their love of learning again. It includes everything astudent, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about thegap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why itcan have a positive impact on a young life.

* Readers can find out what college admissions deans think ofthe gap year, and how it is becoming an important part of theeducational process at top tier universities. 

*Economically, the gap year can make a lot of sense in arecession, and this useful guide gives information on freeprograms, financial aid, and tax savings.

*The book has a comprehensive guide to 200 of the world's bestgap year programs.

*Students will find self-quizzes and helpful criteria to helpthem decide whether to take a gap year, and if so what kind ofprogram. This guide helps them evaluate their interests and planand fund their gap year; whether it means spending a year on asailing vessel, coaching sports and teaching in an impoverishedarea, or following a passion in the arts or academics.

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