PLAN A GAP YEAR THAT'S

SO MUCH MORE

THAN

"TIME OFF"

A Gap Year is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take an intentional step off the conveyor belt of life

It may be the first chance you’ve ever had to set the agenda for yourself. 

 

No mandatory courses, no extra-curricular activities that are solely for building your application, no jobs that only offer hours on weekends, and no early morning wake-ups (unless that’s your thing).

And since it’s 2020, a gap year is also your opportunity to make the most of a year that’s looking much different than you imagined (too much Netflix, and couch time) because COVID-19 changed your school year plans.

Seize The Gap Year Opportunities At Your Fingertips

🔗 New friends and connections who ‘get it’

🗣 Better leadership, decision-making and communication skills

👍 Clarity regarding your ‘next steps’ and path ahead

❤️ A whole new understanding of yourself

👌 Increased confidence and independence

🌎 A robust resume filled with real world experience

💡 Tangible proof of all you’ve learned and accomplished

 

...and much, much, more. <---What that will be is up to you! (but we can help point the way!)

You Can Check All That Off During Your Gap Year 

(if you choose too)

Research shows that a gap year is one of the best things you can do for your health, wellbeing and future prospects – and we would LOVE to help you make the most of yours.

 

The only catch? They hinge on your gap year being purposeful and meaningful–which is where we come in. 

➡️ Find a job 

(we’ve got the job search tools to help you)

➡️ Try a volunteer position 

(explore hidden opportunities through our network)

➡️ Access scholarships  

(our list of options is extensive)

➡️ Focus on your mental and physical wellbeing 

(feel motivated and excited again)

➡️ Get out of your comfort zone 

(COVID-19 safe travel is only one way, we can show you more)

➡️ Plan your future 

(with activities, mentors and coaching to support you)

Imagine how it would feel to have a memorable, fulfilling gap year with the following to show for it:

Introducing

The Gap Year Certificate Community

Offered by The Canadian Gap Year Association, the CanGap Certificate is a community for ‘gappers’, (like you!) who want to make the very most of your time ‘in between’ and have something to show for it at the end.

Enjoy A Flexible ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Experience

Through our Plan, Do, Connect, and Reflect process, the CanGap Certificate community guides you through the process of intentionally planning your Gap Year, executing on it in a meaningful way and reflecting on what you learned – while providing an opportunity to connect with both mentors and other gappers along the way. 

What’s Waiting For Your Inside The Program?

Step One: PLAN

Get support in designing and executing your dream gap year based on your needs, interests, and goals.

 

Unlock the CanGap proven framework and tools you need to organize and live an unforgettable gap year.

 

Step Two: DO

Learn life-long skills–how to manage your finances, find a mentor, and how to maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing, while living out the gap year of your dreams. 

 

Access ongoing support and resources to stay-on-track and motivated.

 

Step Three: CONNECT

Be connected with organizations, programs and experts that will help you find jobs, volunteer positions, scholarships, and resources to make the most out of your gap year. 

 

Be part of a community of people on a similar journey to yours.

 

Step Four: REFLECT 

Discover who you are and what direction you want your life to head in with the help of activities and coaching. 

 

Complete the ‘Life Lessons’ reflection pieces to receive your CanGap Community Certificate to use on your resume, university and college applications or wherever else you want to tell the world what you’ve learned.

Why Certify Your Gap Year?

Improve post-secondary and career prospects

Increase motivation and track your progress

Ensure your year is purposeful

Achieve a certificate and badges for your resume and LinkedIn profile

Read what alumni ‘gapper’s have to say about their year:

“You’re only going to get out of it what you put into it.”

“For me, it was trying to think about how I could make the most of this year... Just having people around you to give you guidance, so you can go to when you need help.  For me that was lots of people, not just one person.  The entire gap year was really good at helping me build my confidence.”

-Max B., 2019 Gapper

“You’re only going to get out of it what you put into it.”

"My gap year helped me feel more independent and confident in myself before facing a new adventure in university. Through coaching, I got the chance to identify my strengths and values and then see them in the real world, whether it was at work or traveling. It was such a great choice - I wish I could do it again."
- Hayley M., 2014 Gapper

Go From Bored To Best Experience Ever 

The CanGap Certificate Community will guide you through a year with no regrets (and lots of brag worthy moments).

 

The CanGap Certificate Community Has Everything You Need For An Epic And Intentional Gap Year

  • Anytime, anywhere skill-building workshops via video lessons

  • Dozens of worksheets and activities to help you organize your thoughts and make it easier to achieve the certificate requirements

  • 50 hours of gap year expert support (one office hour/week) to help you make the most out of your year

  • Onboarding orientation group call (offered every month) so you’re supported as you kick-off your year 

  • Community and connection with other gappers (and gap year experts) via Dicsord

  • Monthly virtual workshops with special guest experts to build career, and life skills

  • VIP access to gap year events and program discounts

  • The opportunity to earn a digital badge and certificate for your resume and LinkedIn profile

There’s more than $2500 worth of value inside the community, which you can access for $200 - $700.*  

 

Our ‘pay what you can’ enrollment model offers three price points

$200 | $500 | $700

(CAD + applicable tax)

We ask that you select the fee that feels right for you based on your income and gap year budget. Those who are able to pay a higher amount will be helping to offset the cost for those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the program due to financial reasons.

*Reduced fees are made possible thanks to government funding and the generous support of corporate sponsors. If you are unable to afford the subsidized fee, please email info@cangap.ca and we will make it work.

Grow Through Life Lessons During Your Gap Year

The CanGap Certificate Community will help you successfully navigate different experiences through the core pillars of our program to help you be the well-rounded adult you’re already becoming.

 

How Does The Certificate Process Work?

 

The Student of Leadership and Humanity Certificate is presented to all program participants who:

  1. Submit an intentional and thoughtful gap year plan

  2. Complete five required reflections related to the focus areas of the program ( ‘Who am I?’, ‘My Wellness’, ‘My Finances’, ‘My Future’ and ‘Mentorship’)

  3. Design and implement one independent project

 

 

Gappers who complete these requirements will receive a digital certificate as well as a badge that can be displayed on LinkedIn and/or your resume.

Hey parents (this section is for you)!

We know the thought of your child taking a pause can be scary, and that this year isn’t likely unfolding as you and your child originally planned. But a gap year is actually one of the very best things they can do for themselves and their future prospects – if they do it right.

 

Through the CanGap Certificate Community we’re here to provide your child with everything they need to make their gap year a productive and meaningful experience. By joining the community, they’ll end the year with something tangible (great for resumes, post-secondary applications, and their confidence) to show for all the growth, learning and self-discovery that is sure to happen along the way.

We understand a parent’s desire to be in the loop, that’s why we’ve created an onboarding experience just for you. It’s designed to give you a peek into the system, including an overview of the expectations of the program and resources to support your gapper. There’s even a closed Facebook group for gapper parents with quarterly parent-only Facebook Live events featuring gap-related experts.

 

In other words, we’ve got you

Read About One Gap Year Parent’s Experience

“We had that 30,000 foot idea of what a gap year would look like, but you were instrumental to have the tools to zeroing down to what that gap year would actually look like.”

Mary B., Gap Year Parent

 

The Canadian Gap Year Association Knows What Makes A Gap Year Worthwhile

The CanGap Certificate is the signature offering of the Canadian Gap Year Association, a non-profit organization that advocates for the gap year pathway and connects families to resources for purposeful gap year planning and execution.

 

We believe in – and have seen firsthand MANY times over – the positive impact a gap year can have on a young person in terms of confidence, leadership, clarity and direction. There is also a direct correlation between gap years and both higher grades AND better employability.

 

Under the leadership of our Director and gap year expert Michelle Dittmer, we’re here to provide the tools, resources, support and connections you need to plan and execute on an epic year, whatever that looks like for you.  

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Is the CanGap Certificate Community for me?

The CanGap Certificate Community is perfect for you if you’re taking a gap year and:

❎ Your parents are forcing you to do it

❎ Growth or personal development aren’t your thing

❎ You aren’t willing to put some effort into the program

❎ Completing tasks independently is a challenge for you (in which case one-on-one coaching may be a better choice)

❎ You already have ‘all the answers’ and are sure you won’t need any help along the way 🤪

✅ Want to make the most of this unique opportunity

✅ Are open to growth, learning and personal development

✅ Want help creating your plan and/or staying on track throughout the year

✅ Like the idea of connecting with a peer group of gappers

✅ Want to travel and/or volunteer and/or work (any/all of the above can be part of your plan!)

✅ Are looking to take back control of your life after experiencing a change due to COVID-19

This is a flexible, ‘choose your own adventure’-style program that will provide the framework and support you need to make the most of your year regardless of why you’re taking it or how you plan to spend it.

That said, the CanGap Certificate Community probably ISN’T a great choice for you if:

You’re 100% Covered With Our CanGap Guarantee

We’ve been working with young adults, like you, to create memorable gap year experiences for over a decade. That’s why we know that if you take the initiative, and pair it with the guidance and resources available within our program, you’ll enjoy a gap year that makes you grow as a person. But, if after 30-days you’ve put in the work and tried our resources, and find they aren’t helping you with your gap year goals, we’ll refund your investment.

You Deserve A Gap Year Worth Remembering

Feel confident that you’ve made the right decision to explore a different path (or two or three) this year 

 

Explore Common Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about The CanGap Certificate Community but are wondering a few things? Click below to read through the questions we get most. 

 

Q: What do I have to do to earn the certificate?

Q: How long does the certification take to complete?

Q: How much freedom is there to do what I want within the framework of the program?

Q: Is this program for me if I don’t want to travel or need/plan to work on my gap year?

Q: Do I need to know what I’m going to do on my gap year in order to enrol?

Q: What do I have to do to receive my Student of Leadership and Humanities Certificate?

Q: What if I don’t complete the requirements of the certification?

Q: How can I use my certification?

Q: My parent is going to sign me up. How do I provide you my information once they do?

Q: Is the certification for Canadians only?

Q: Are there age restrictions?

Q: What measures are in place to keep participants on track?

Q: Can I get one-on-one help if I need it?

Take The Next Step Towards Your Amazing Gap Year

Join in our next cohort of gappers to start your experience with others on the same journey as you.

 

  • Anytime, anywhere skill-building workshops via video lessons

  • Dozens of worksheets and activities to help you organize your thoughts and make it easier to achieve the certificate requirements

  • 50 hours of gap year expert support (one office hour/week) to help you make the most out of your year

  • Onboarding orientation group call (offered every month) so you’re supported as you kick-off your year 

  • Community and connection with other gappers (and gap year experts) via Slack

  • Monthly virtual workshops with special guest experts to build career, and life skills

  • VIP access to gap year events and program discounts

  • The opportunity to earn a digital badge and certificate for your resume and LinkedIn profile

Enjoy more than $2500 worth of value inside the CanGap Certificate Community,which you can access for $200 - $700.*

Our ‘pay what you can’ enrollment model offers three price points

$200 | $500 | $700

(CAD + applicable tax)

We ask that you select the fee that feels right for you based on your income and gap year budget. Those who are able to pay a higher amount will be helping to offset the cost for those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the program due to financial reasons.

*Reduced fees are made possible thanks to government funding and the generous support of corporate sponsors. If you are unable to afford the subsidized fee, please email info@cangap.ca and we will make it work.

Select CanGap Programs are sponsored by:

CONTACT 

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647.821.7060

info@cangap.ca

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