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This year may give your students time to mature and gain “real life” experiences as they narrow down what it is they want to pursue. The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides resources and also an article relating how colleges view a transition year.
Cross-cultural experiences will stretch your student physically, mentally, and emotionally and broaden his/her perspective of the world.
When you locate an option that you like, try to find feedback on the program from alumni. We definitely recommend you speak with someone who has experience with a particular program and can vouch for it. We simply provide you with links to begin your search.
For guidance on resources to teach a foreign language: High School Foreign Language Study: Just the Facts, S’il Vous Plaît
- The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell (Chapter 40 provides additional tips and information for students interested in traveling or studying abroad.)
- Study Abroad 101 by Wendy Williamson,
- “Why Study Abroad?” by Dara Fisk-Ekanger
- Your church and homeschool network are sources for additional resources.
For some students taking a year off to travel the world is a good way to broaden their horizons and get a better handle on what to do next.