Dream & Design Your Gap Year

A 4-week guided course that takes you on a journey from "Where do I start?" to "When can I start???"

Gap Year Planning Toolkit: A 4-week guided program so you can plan an EPIC gap year that moves you forward in life.

The Gap Year Planning Toolkit is your step-by-step guide to ensuring a purposeful and successful gap year. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the planning, or struggling to choose the right activities to reach your goals, this course provides you the guidance you need to get started and keep going.  


If you:


  • Are thinking about taking a gap year - this course will help you envision your year and help you make a decision about whether it is the right step for you


  • Have decided to take a gap year - this course will help you gain clarity about what activities you can add to your year, as well as build your excitement and confidence in how your year is going to unfold.

  • Have already started your gap year - this course will give you the traction to keep moving and making decisions to ensure it is the best year it can be


Over the duration of the course, our team will help you: 


  • Set your goals

  • Pick the right combination of experiences

  • Identify which organizations might work best for your goals

  • Understand what your month-by-month activities should be

  • Make sure you are kept up-to-date on all emerging opportunities

  • Provide a wealth of resources to make your gap year easier


This course will save you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars by getting it right the first time. It has been designed by a team that has been planning gap years for 10+ years and knows which details matter most and make the greatest impact.

By signing up for this course, you will have access to:


  • Video course materials

  • Downloadable resources

  • Tips and tricks from experts

  • Four weeks of live group video calls with an expert to answer your specific questions

  • A community of people on a similar journey to you

Registration open for June 1 and July 1 start dates.

Optional Live calls will take place Thursdays @ 8:30 pm EST.

Cost: $195 + tax CAD

OR Combined with the Gap Year Certification year-long program

$495 + tax CAD ($95 savings)

  • 4 Week of easy & fun activities
  • Weekly Live Support (optional)
  • Peer-to-peer Support
  • Resources and Ideas to customize your year


Content Outline:

Start with Why

Diving into why you want to take a gap year and what you want to accomplish will frame what activities you should be picking.


Dreaming About Your Gap Year

Brainstorm some of the potential activities and start to research programs/activities/ideas that you could bring to life.


Making Your Gap Year EPIC

Create a concrete plan - Narrow down the specific experiences you want to have, making sure they align with your goals and ensuring a purposeful time.


Living Your Gap Year

Now that you know what you are going to do - discover how you can get the most out of it.





Mentor Bio:

Michelle is a certified

educator with hands-on

experience both in and out of

the classroom. For more than a

decade, she’s been supporting gappers as they plan their year.

Not only has she travelled to 30 countries, Michelle has also designed international service curriculum and worked with the non-profit, technology, outdoor education, higher education sectors. She brings a wealth of experience to her mentorships that is matched only by her passion for guiding today’s youth as they work towards a bright and successful future.  


The Canadian Gap Year Association is a non-profit organization leading the gap year movement in Canada. With a mandate to support research, education and advocacy work, developing and curating resources for gap years, it is our goal to elevate the gap year pathway for all Canadians.




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