Covid-19, Gap Year and You:

Resources for Making an Informed & Empowered Decision

Welcome. We are glad that you are here. Many of you have long dreamed of living on a college campus or traveling the world this fall, and we know that you are wondering if either is still possible. This is both the time and place to gather information and inspiration, plan strategically, and make the decision that is best for you. Our most current workshops, services and press about taking a gap year (or gap semester) during COVID-19 are below.

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Gap Year Planning During COVID-19.

Webinar Wednesday: a weekly 30-minute webinar with Q&A

Join Jane and Jason Sarouhan - J2Guides co-founders and lifelong experiential educators - on Wednesday at 8:30pm EST for a free, live, 30-minute webinar with Q&A. Learn about shifts in higher ed, how gap year programs are adapting, and strategies for planning an intentional gap year amidst COVID-19. Designed for high school seniors, college students and parents who are trying to understand their gap year options for fall 2020.

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Uncertain Autumn for HS & College Students: How to Understand your Gap Year Options

This 1-hour workshop is designed to help high school seniors and college students regain a sense of hope and agency as they make an informed decision about how they want to spend their fall semesters.

As we always do at J2Guides, let's start with #whatisyourwhy. Then we explore the higher ed and gap year landscapes, program adaptations, strategies to identify your goals and how you may best meet them amidst COVID-19.

Next Workshop Date: TBD (Follow us on social media or join us on Webinar Wednesday for updates.)

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Gain gap year planning & COVID-19 strategies, and receive personalized gap year referrals:

Join our next cohort, starting on June 1st.

J2Guides has always put student empowerment and engagement at the forefront of the gap year planning process. We help students identify their gap year goals, budget and safety parameters, as well as develop COVID-19 planning strategies and resources. The personalized gap year counselor sessions are then used to identify student-specific options.

Next cohort begins: Monday, June 1st

Plan the Gap begins with our signature and interactive Explore the Gap training, after which students have one-on-one, personal planning sessions with their J2Guide, Jane or Jason, to create a list of suitable gap year opportunities.

News sources are reporting daily on college and gap year.
Featuring J2Guides:


May 12 • By Amy Morona

Coronavirus Pushes Some 2020 High School Seniors To Consider Gap Year


May 5 • By Nancy Keates

Incoming College Students Could Take Gap Year Over Covid-19 Uncertainty


May 4 • By Elizabeth Redden

A College Dream Deferred?


May 3 • By Rick Ruggles

More students may take gap year in light of uncertainty caused by coronavirus pandemic

More Curated News:


May 1 • By Fred Thys

Colleges, Students Weighing Uncertainty In Fall Classes


April 28 • By Christopher Rim

Thinking About Taking A Gap Year Due To COVID-19? Here’s How To Make The Most Of It


April 25 • Good Morning America

Countdown On for Parents and Students considering College

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Professional Gap Year Consultants Jane & Jason Sarouhan offer expert gap year advice

We are Jason and Jane Sarouhan, founders of J2Guides, and a husband-and-wife team that has spent the past 25 years advising high school, gap year and college students on wilderness, experiential and international programs.

We know you have questions and we are here to help. Join us on Webinar Wednesday or schedule an introductory call with Jane or Jason. Both are free and open to all.

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