Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Fluent in English (B2 above).
Previous experience of working with kids.
Be able to provide a clear criminal record.
Physical and Mental Health:
Be in good physical and emotional health.
Be sure to be transparent with the program. It is imperative that you clearly communicate any physical, psychological, or limitations that you may have. This can include prior commitments, chronic conditions, medications, and so forth.
Be able to self-manage your own medications.
Be open-minded and willing to try new things.
Uphold a positive attitude at all times, even when challenged physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Exhibit good manners, tolerance, respect, and compassion towards others.
Be amenable and willing to interact with new and unfamiliar cultures.
Enthusiastically engage in program activities.
Safety and Judgment:
Be able to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances.
Be able to identify and recognize hazards and risks while on the program.
Heed warnings and instructions shared by programs and facilitators.
Know how and to whom to report criminal acts against you or your property.
Know your ‘trigger’ stressors and have a plan to maintain your physical and mental health while on the program.
Possess the ability to self-advocate to effectively communicate your questions, concerns, and/or problems directly with the program staff in an attempt to work out any problems on an individual or group level.
Student Initiative and Engagement:
Be actively involved in designing and coordinating your gap year. This takes time, patience and effort. We are here to support you as advisors, mentors, and with resources, but ultimately it is your responsibility to see through the planning of your gap time.
Engage in frequent communication with your facilitators.
Interact with all aspects of your placements to the fullest and best of your abilities even when - and especially when - things are challenging!
Uphold any contracts and guidelines made with programs and placements that we refer to including, but not limited to, policies regarding culturally appropriate behavior, alcohol and drug use, and participation.