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How has the pandemic affected gap years?


Most of us have a pretty stock-standard expectation of what a gap year entails – perhaps some time spent working to save money, followed by an extravagant overseas trip where your child can spread their wings, experience the world, and come home with a full suitcase and empty wallet. Cue the coronavirus pandemic.

As we all succumbed to quarantines, stay-at-home orders and border closures, the traditional idea of a gap year quickly melted away, leaving many fresh high school graduates around the world feeling disappointed and aimless. Even as we transition back to ‘normality’ (or the new reality we’ve all come to understand), gap years are still a tenuous concept – are students keener than ever to get out there and experience the world, or is the classic gap year destined to fade into the background?

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