The Gap Year and BAEF Programs
More and more, schools and colleges are recommending that students take a year after graduating from high school to gain some real world experience before entering college.
Whether they study in another country, travel, take a job, or volunteer their services, the time spent during this gap year is invaluable in giving students perspective, life experience, and useful skills.
The role of the British American Educational Foundation is to help students find places in British boarding schools, either as tuition-paying BAEF Scholars who may wish to seek academic challenge and strengthen their academic skills or as BAEF Fellows who gain work experience as interns in exchange for room and board during the gap year between high school and college. Typically BAEF Fellows (who may be referred to by the schools as "Gappers" or "Gappies") may coach a sport, direct or do technical work for theater productions, and assist teaching faculty as needed. They may also as take on dormitory and weekend social responsibilities.
Although we can also help students to find boarding school places in Britain during their high school years, many more families apply to us seeking a gap year experience.
Princeton University is just one of many American colleges and universities that actively encourages some of its matriculating freshmen to take a gap year. Read more in:
Mind the Gap, Princeton Alumni Weekly, March 18, 2009