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Volunteering for a Year

Each year, thousands of recent college graduates choose to dedicate a year or more of their lives to serving others in what is commonly referred to as a "gap year." While most people associate a volunteer year with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, there are many other international and domestic service opportunities out there. This is great for someone who is looking to explore a passion before starting their long-term career or continued education or a person who is still searching for what they would like to do in the future. Many see this as a year off, but it really is a year for professional and personal growth.


  • Résumé boost/professional growth/career exploration
  • Education awards
  • Travel opportunities/cultural exploration
  • Enhanced communication and interpersonal skills


Next Steps:

  • Participate in a week-long service immersion experience through school, church, or local organizations
  • Volunteer at local nonprofit organizations and speak with full-time staff or volunteers to learn more about their experiences
  • Follow programs of interest on social media