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Mind the Gap Year: Global Citizen Year Turns 18-Year-Olds into Future Leaders

Abby Falik wants a year abroad between high school and college to be as mainstream a pursuit as Teach for America.

While a gap year between high school and college may be popular among young people abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, the idea is far from the norm in the United States. That's a shame, given the importance of honing an international perspective in today's global economy. "It's still the case that the only opportunity for an 18-year-old to do global service in this country is through the military," says Abby Falik, who was turned away by the Peace Corps when she tried to serve after high school. "You need a college degree typically to join."

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