Gap Year: Service

Still Need Time?

Don’t just take a gap year. Commit to a year or two of service that will develop your leadership and professional skills and make a difference in the lives of others. Not everyone is ready to launch their career immediately after graduation. Fortunately, there are options that can help you maximize your potential for growth while considering your long-term plans.

Established in 1963 as non-profit, the Catholic Volunteer Network serves a gateway to short and long-term service for 215 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. Where will you go next?

For more than 50 years the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has engaged brave young believers in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. Service opportunities include domestic and international locations.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

Teach For America is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to “enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Participants are eligible to receive $5,000 towards student loan repayment on completing a program.