Three Questions for Parents

As we travel to explain the Gap Year concept, we find students understand the idea pretty quickly.  They have an un-tapped wanderlust they want to experience.  They understand academic burn out.  They know they want to explore the world in new ways.

But sometimes Parents have important questions for this relatively “new” industry.

In this week’s podcast, Andy Braner tries to answer the top three questions we get here at the KIVU Gap Year from Parents

  1. How is there such diversity among Gap Year costs?
  2. Is a Gap Year Safe?
  3. Will my student go back to College after returning from a Gap Year?

Feel free to listen in on some important answers here on the podcast.  OR, you can stay up to date on all The KIVU Gap Year podcasts by subscribing on iTunes.

The Link to the Podcast

Here is this week’s episode

The Gap Year and Emotional Intelligence

One of the most interesting effects of taking a Gap Year is what is referred to as Emotional Intelligence.  So why would you go to take a Gap Year to work on Emotional Intelligence?

Because according to Forbes.com, a student with a healthy emotional intelligence (EQ) can be the highest valued, highest paid employee in any particular company.

Listen here to Luke Parrott and Andy Braner talk about Emotional Intelligence on our new KIVU Gap Year Podcast.  Be sure to subscribe on iTunes so you won’t miss one episode.

What Is A Gap Year?

On our third podcast episode, Andy Braner talks about the reason for a Gap Year, and what makes the KIVU Gap Year stand out.

Today’s Students are struggling with vision, skill set, and comprehensive view of how to get their hands and feet dirty in almost every industry.  The Gap Year concept gives students the opportunity to choose internships on a variety of levels to develop an depth of experience.

Talk to any employer about hiring recent college graduates, and you’ll hear how difficult it is to teach and train academics with diplomas to migrate into the job market.  The Gap Year gives students a way to experience their vocational dreams, attend a higher institution of learning, and then focus on what it means to be a part of the industry of choice.

Take a few minutes and listen to Andy’s explanation of how The KIVU Gap Year is addressing the problems we’re seeing in student growth, both internally and in the job market.

The DNA of Our Faith

The KIVU Gap Year is one of the only international faith Gap Years acredited by the American Gap Association.  (AGA)  We often get questions about the faith DNA we help our students to think about, and we feel it’s important to distinguish between a “Christian” Gap Year, and a Gap Year that helps students understand how to own their own faith.

Our statement of faith is simple – It’s all about Jesus.

We invite students with all sorts of faith backgrounds to explore what it means to understand the principles and teachings of Jesus.  We don’t focus on any specific theology or doctrine.  We’re not a specific denominational Gap Year.  We’ve had atheists, agnostics, protestants, catholics, and all those in between join us on the journey around the world.

Our main focus is found in the gospel of Matthew, when Jesus was asked, ‘Jesus what is the greatest commandment?’ and he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (22:37-40)

Our main goal is to help students that are interested in faith, to see the main commandment of Loving God and Loving Others.  Jesus says, “All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In our second Podcast Episode, you’ll hear Andy Braner and Luke Parrott talk about what it means to execute an organization that relies on Loving God and Loving Others.  Mainly, we want students to find Freedom in Faith.

You can listen to the discussion here, or you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes under The KIVU Gap Year.