WHAT IS A BRIDGE YEAR?
More than a "gap year," a bridge year experience creates a connection between what you are currently doing and what you want to do. You build a bridge that gives you the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge that builds upon what you already have while helping you acquire new skills that will lead to your "next." Bridge years can be a great way to discern how you can transfer your skills from one career path to another. You are not defined by your major. You can create your own path by building a bridge and using talents in a new way!
BRIDGE YEAR OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION
AIESEC/Global Citizen Program – volunteer abroad (6 weeks to 18 months)
Boston MATCH Corps – one year, full-time professional tutoring fellowship
City Year - serve full-time in schools for 10 months supporting students, teachers, and the community
English Opens Doors – volunteer to teach English in Chile (housing and food allowances provided)
Teach for America (TFA) is a two-year teaching service program
The Horseshoe Farm Fellowship – nonprofit, social entrepreneurship, and community based service leadership
Peace Corps – service abroad (education, health, youth in development, environment, community economic development and agriculture)
WorldTeach – Teach English abroad for a year
Wesleyan Faculty Fellows (Peachtree Corners, GA) – one year post-baccalaureate full-time internship at The Wesleyan School – includes housing and a salary + access to medical benefits
Presitigious fellowships can support study, research, and teaching abroad for undergraduates, graduates students or alumni. For more information, click here.