Gap Year Workshops for Vermont Students

EnRoute is Accepting Applications for 4-Part Gap Year Planning Workshop Series in Vermont
Starting in March 2015!

Taking a Gap Year in 2015? Live the in the greater Burlington or Montpelier area?
For high school seniors planning to take a Gap Year, this workshop series offers personalized assistance in designing an itinerary of enriching opportunities in preparation for college. Students will set personal goals, learn how to research gap year opportunities, budget their year and come away with a solid plan.

The workshops are being conducted by Julia Rogers, a professional gap year advisor and director of EnRoute Consulting. The cost of the series is $150, which includes personal attention with students and recommendations for programs suited to their interests. It is a wonderful opportunity aimed at offering the students of Central and Northern Vermont expertise at an affordable price.

Burlington Session
Dates: Monday evenings: March 2, March 16, March 30 and May 4
Time: 5:00-6:30
Location: New Moon Cafe, Burlington

Here are the following dates and topics:

March 2: Intro to Planning and Goal Setting
              We will go over the different types of programs available to gap year students. We’ll discuss the                         differences in activity options, levels of independence and locations. Students will share their initial                     hopes for their gap years and we will focus on narrowing down goals and ideas for individuals.

March 16: Budgeting and Fundraising
               In this session we will work on how to fund a gap year. We will discuss the costs associated with                      taking a gap year and how to make it affordable. Students will also learn fundraising techniques and                    will come away with an individualized plan of action as to how they will fund their gap year.

March 30: Individual Planning Sessions
               By now, students will have learned how to conduct their own research and will come to class with gap                year outlines prepared. Students will share their plans with their peers and Julia will spend time with                    each student individually to review their plans and give advice.

May 4: Finalizing Your Itinerary
             Students will use the month of April to finalize their program choices or research more opportunities if                need be. Our last session will focus on preparing for their gap year and addressing questions and                        concerns.We will discuss packing lists, health precautions, travel tips and more.

Montpelier Session
Dates: Monday evenings: March 9, March 23, April 6 and May 11
Time: 5:00-6:30
Location: Montpelier High School

Here are the following dates and topics:

March 9: Intro to Planning and Goal Setting
              We will go over the different types of programs available to gap year students. We’ll discuss the                         differences in activity options, levels of independence and locations. Students will share their initial                     hopes for their gap years and we will focus on narrowing down goals and ideas for individuals.

March 23: Budgeting and Fundraising
               In this session we will work on how to fund a gap year. We will discuss the costs associated with                      taking a gap year and how to make it affordable. Students will also learn fundraising techniques and                    will come away with an individualized plan of action as to how they will fund their gap year.

April 6: Individual Planning Sessions
               By now, students will have learned how to conduct their own research and will come to class with gap                year outlines prepared. Students will share their plans with their peers and Julia will spend time with                    each student individually to review their plans and give advice.

May 11: Finalizing Your Itinerary
             Students will use the month of April to finalize their program choices or research more opportunities if                need be. Our last session will focus on preparing for their gap year and addressing questions and                        concerns.We will discuss packing lists, health precautions, travel tips and more.

Many high school students that choose to take a Gap Year start out with the intention of filling their time with meaningful experiences. But students often get overwhelmed by all of the options and do not know where to start or how to effectively budget their time and money. A well-planned Gap Year can allow a student to gain experience in their areas of personal interest and make them stronger academically when they arrive at college.  Most students she works with have already been accepted to college when they begin their Gap Year.
The programs and activities for a student’s gap year range from volunteer and service opportunities to internships and acquiring specialized certifications, and can be crafted to fit every budget. This seminar series will take place just as students are finishing up college applications and hearing back from admissions offices.
To sign up, email enrouteconsulting (@) gmail.com or fill out an online inquiry at www.enroutegapyear.com