A gap year (also known as year abroad, year out, year off, deferred year, bridging year, time off and time out) is a term that refers to a prolonged period (often, but not always, a year) between a life stage. The most popular gap years are taken before or during matriculation from high school or college. Young adults often choose to participate in community service programs, employment, internships, study abroad opportunities, and travel.
Below are some resources that may be helpful when exploring a Gap Year:

American Field Service
Americorps
City Year
Dynamy
European Film College (contact Jim Fernald, L-S class of ’81)
Gap Year
Groove Job
Habitat for Humanity
Internship Connection

LeapNow
NOLS
Outward Bound
United Planet
USA Gap Year Fairs
What Is the Gap-Year Advantage?