When I talk about the Gap Year, a lot of people ask, "What is that?" Often consumed with the cultural drive to get in the "best" college, or apply for the most "prestigious" scholarship. Many people overlook the reality of what's going on at the University level.
More and more students are finding it difficult to make the transition from parent life to University life. Freedom is a tough concept if you've never been given the ability to make your own choices, and we're seeing students unable to make the grades to stay, more interested in partying than learning, and MANY find themselves in a University Depression because of circumstances out of their control.
I've heard of students who were fed up with College because they didn't make the Fraternity or Sorority they thought they should.
I've talked with students who had no idea the academics were going to be as hard as they are.
I've even coached several University students through a time management regiment. They just don't understand how to make good decisions with their time.
THUS....The KIVU Gap Year was invented.
We wanted to help students find meaning in their lives before they start a life long journey to figure out what they wanted to do. The KIVU Gap Year students have a chance to intern in some of the most professional fields concerning social work, business development, education, medicine, law, and community development. They build a resume before they even enter University Level studies.
The KIVU Gap Year students spend a great deal of time working on personal development. They are working on a Life's Thesis during the program, so at then end of their travels, they present a whole life projection concerning their own interests, desires, and personal make up. They begin the process of knowing who they are and where they fit in the world.
They also have a significant time to connect with God's purpose in their lives. The Spiritual Development training at the University is almost non-existent. Unless of course you decide to join a ministry club on campus. The KIVU Gap Year is an extension of worldview training, IN THE REAL WORLD. They get a chance to explore the real world. They live with real people. They work with real life situations. And they're invited to put together a whole picture of how all of God's creation work together.
The difference in the KIVU Gap Year and most others: We don't just sit in a class to learn, We invite students to live life in the context of the real world.
I'm so excited to report what they'll be learning this year. If you'd like to follow the class, be sure to add www.thekivugapyear to your daily readings. We designed it so you can join them via cyberspace!