The ‘Gap Year’ Might Be Good for Young People — But It Will Cost Families
Nicole Dieker
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I think what rubs me the wrong way about these programs (aside from the voluntourism/colonialism aspects) is that gap years are supposed to be helpful by giving kids increasing independence. Sending kids on a structured program seems like it won’t really achieve that. Moving abroad (or even just away from your parents, somewhere) and figuring it out would.

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