What is a Bridge Year?
"The terms “gap” or “bridge” are generally the two words tossed around when talking about taking a year away from formal schooling. The words are particularly relevant so as to differentiate from those students who continue down the preordained path but make the choice to study abroad so as to experience living in a foreign country...the gap or bridge experience has taken on a very different form, especially here in America. While students can have fun during their experience, the gap or bridge year concept includes specific activities that seek to help students increase their sense of self and further their intellectual capacity." (from GoCollege blog)
Students who are looking for service year opportunities, such as the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, can search for available service programs at www.serviceyear.org.