FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Gap Year?

As defined by the American Gap Association, “A gap year is an experiential semester or year ‘on,’ (not off!) typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness.” The Frost Valley Gap Year program is – currently – a single semester long. Learn more here.

What does a young person gain from a Gap Year Program?

The purpose of a gap year is to increase self-awareness, learn about different cultural perspectives, and experiment with future possible careers. Rather than jumping right into the pressures of balancing dorm life, homework, exams, and living independently, gap years give young people an opportunity to gain independence and responsibility, a sense of cultural worldliness, as well as finding deeper meaning in the value they can contribute to society.

Photo Courtesy of YMCA Camp Camohmila

Photo Courtesy of YMCA Camp Camohmila

How old are Frost Valley’s Gap Year participants?

This program is available to young men and women ages 18-22. Participants may already be enrolled in college and want to take a semester to travel and expand their cultural awareness. Other participants may be taking a gap year after high school before deciding what is next for them, or they may be taking a gap year after college before beginning their careers.

Is Frost Valley’s Gap Year Program safe?

Yes. All participants will travel with several Frost Valley employees. Participants will reside in a secure YMCA Camp much like Frost Valley YMCA. We encourage parents and participants to call us today to learn more about how we’ll keep everyone healthy and safe throughout the program. Call Zach Eigenbrodt at (845) 985-2291 ext. 265 or email zeigenbrodt@frostvalley.org today.

Photo courtesy of Thelmadatter, Wikipedia.org

Town of Tepotzlán (photo courtesy of Thelmadatter, Wikipedia.org)

What will participants do during the week?

Monday through Friday, participants will work with local school children. Gap Year Participants will assist in the children’s classrooms during the morning as well as their recreational activities in the afternoons. Participants will help teach English as a second language, assist the teacher with classroom management, run activities, and supervise recreational and educational programs.

What will participants do on the weekends?

Cultural, educational, and recreational excursions are planned for the weekends. The excursions include options such as: visiting national historic sites, exploring archaeological ruins, visiting museums, seeing several pyramids, enjoying local performing and fine arts venues, and more.

What is the cost of the Gap Year Program?

Compared to the cost of a semester at college, the Frost Valley YMCA Gap Year program is incredibly affordable. Participants’ housing, meals, travel and excursion expenses are all included in the $10,000 fee to participate.

Should participants bring spending money?

We encourage participants to bring money for personal items and souvenirs but all lodging, necessary transportation, excursion fees, and meals will be included in the cost of the program.

How do I apply for the Gap Year Program?

Applying for the Gap Year Program is easy and free! When you fill out our online application, you’ll be asked several basic questions as well as some essay questions to make sure the gap year program is right for you. The questions are about the skills and experiences you hope to gain from the program, what you hope to contribute to the program, prior experiences working with children, and three examples from your past that highlight independence and resilience. We’re looking for open-minded, enthusiastic, and energetic men and women between the ages of 18 and 22, preferably with experience working with children.

Apply here or give Zach Eigenbrodt a call at (845) 985-2291 x265 or email him at: zeigenbrodt@frostvalley.org today!