Some 40,000 Americans participated in 2013 in sabbatical programs, an increase of almost 20% since 2006.
MEDFORD, Massachusetts, USA (AP) - The Tufts University has a new program that seeks to remove financial barriers that prevent students with no money to take a gap year after completing secondary to travel or do volunteer work in other countries.
The program offers an opportunity that is typically only available to students with more resources to explore different communities and challenge their comfort zones before starting college.
The “gap year” beginning in the third quarter will cover the costs of accommodation, airfare and even payments visas, which often can amount to at least $ 30,000.
Although sabbaticals are more popular in Europe have begun to acquire attractive in the United States.
Some 40,000 Americans participated in 2013 in sabbatical programs, an increase of almost 20% since 2006, according to statistics compiled by the Association of American Gap Year, which has no profit.
Princeton University in 2009 began offering assistance to all applicants, as their needs, and nearly 100 students have participated, volunteering in Brazil, China, India, Peru and Senegal.
The University of North Carolina offers $ 7,500 to applicants for sabbatical, while students at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin can receive financial assistance as needed, but does not cover airfare.
Lydia Collins, 19, from Evanston, Illinois and a freshman at Tufts, said he took a year off because I wanted to know what was outside the classroom before taking four years of study.
“Many guys are worn when they finish high school,” Collins said. “We take this time to be with you and be in a new community and a new light that will help one do well in college,” he said.
Collins worked in microfinance in Ecuador by Global Citizen and said the experience was invited to take an interest in international relations, which would not have known before.
Participating students get to see the world beyond the bubble that grew and return to school with a better outlook on the future, said Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs, through which students are counseled to take sabbatical.
Bull said the structured use of time outside of school is too valuable to exclude low-income students.