Is a Gap Year a Good Thing?
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Welcome back, at seventeen years of age, did you know what you want to do with the rest of your life?
To help teens with this decision, here's Darryl Gardiner, Rebecca Mckeown and Colin Salisbury.
Guys, welcome to the show, thanks for coming in.
Q: Interesting topic, I guess first of all what we need to determine or work at is what is a gap year? Uhm, Darryl?
Darryl: Well, I think it's a term that come up in the last ten, fifteen years. Basically it's a period between leaving high school and starting university.
It's a usual term for it, it's usually a year, it's not a scientific rule, but lastly is where young people around gone straight to university, go off and do something for a year.
Usually involving travel, ah.. not always but usually involve travel before they get to doing their studying.
Q: What do you guys all think about this gap year? Do you think that people should move into study straight away or should they have a break? Colin?
Colin: Sure, uh.. I think you know that the gap year for young people, cause people get the opportunity to kind of get to know themselves a bit better, experience the world.
To kind of have that experience where you can kind of go and do something at another place, meet another culture. And really have that allows you grow as a person, and I think it's quite important.
Q: Cause you have an organization that does that type of thing, tell us what do you do for kids in that interim year, or the...
Colin: Sure, I run the Global Volunteer Network and where you know a lot help by New Zealand Organization, we place volunteers all around the world, twenty-one countries.
And we place them in the projects under communities that they just (in) real need. So these volunteers helping us (xxxx), orphanages, doing environmental work, doing (weaken without a life).
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,參考資料： I... 唉~ 這個一定貼不完的啦... 超級多, 抱歉我已經沒力氣翻成中文了... 內容還算簡單... 勞煩自己看看了... 有問題可以問我... (註：有些我真的聽不清楚，那應該是紐西蘭腔... 整個連在一起... 大致上知道意思，但實際說的無法一一寫得出來...也沒力氣再聽了... 呵呵), And for the gap year people it's really, you know, an opportunity to really give them themselves, get their hands a little dirty, get their body there, experience frustration, other cultures, working in the team, those kind of skills are really important for young people to learn., Q: Well, what's the criteria for somebody if they want to do something like this? Colin: Sure, depending on the project and with the place. uhm, but really if anyone keens to go and as long as they can go to the (Rico<-not sure) you know. We have all that process that checks people out. It's really... we can provide an experience for people, no matter what their background or experience is. And it really allows him to kind of grow as a person. so..., Q: And Rebecca, it wasn't that long years ago, you've sort of done something similar to what Colin's just talked about. (Rebecca: Yes.) Tell us about what was the life for you when you're finishing, I guess is the decision that you had to make. Rebecca: I leave school after (sequent form), and I decided straight away that university wasn't for me straight away because I didn't know what I wanted to do right out of school. I wanted to not be one of those people who goes to the university just study a subject just for the sake of it, then leave the universtiy and realize that what am I gonna do with this degree. So... I went overseas with a (.....) aboard which is a (sum.....) to Colin's (network), I went to Romania for several months and also to Ghana within Africa. Ah the life skills are picked up just from having a gap year off was something that I think I would have missed out on if I just jump straight from study to study, so I'm a huge fan of the gap year off instead of.., I sometimes I'm appreciate my (gap year off) on university and not struggling the question: what am I gonna do with my life, because when I came back from overseas, I felt quite easily into work and work that I really enjoy soon. Q: Were you getting any pressure from get into university from people? Rebecca: I was from certain, you know, era of my life my family members sort of thought perhaps university, because I should be using my brain and things like that. That university was the way to go. I think I've since proving them wrong because you know there're so many opportunities had been open up to me from traveling and growing like that. Q: Darryl, that was an interesting thing that the pressures that from outside, that maybe from uncles, aunties, families. Something that a lot of teenagers have to deal with, what would you say in that situation?, Darryl: We thought the basic intend of parents and family members and so on who say, "Don't do that, go to university!" is good. The basic intend is good and it's usually around issue of economic. They say: "Look, go to university, get the degree, then you'll be able to get a job for the rest of your life, then you'll be economically secured." It's better (a method, actually, I thought to stay nice and loosely). But seconly, what I would say to the most.. some young people, it is a part to strike to the university, but for many others, just like what Rebecca and Colin right here through the global volunteer, what happen is when young people go after a year or so, (they took with purpose) just like Rebecca here and travel and help, they serve out this. When they come back and become better students. And they actually do better at their job. So parent shouldn't freak out, this is not that they going out, maybe going to university, maybe studying, maybe get a job again., I think what parents need to do is, ok, that they need to be (tend) to let go, they shouldn't be pusher, because if you do push young people, (we've.....) a bit in university in this area, too many young people go to university, they have (desparetly) unhappy, they often dropped out, or they don't do well at university, and always become a (resivement) in their life. And you're not healthy as an adult. I mean, you've been in high school for ten years more by the stage, so actually go out for a year, mature, grow up, individualized more, particularly with a purpose could be very healthy thing. (.......) Q: Colin, how do you instill that confident side, because you know, this is your little girl or little boy growing up as a teenager, and he's going over the other side of the world. How do you feel that situation with the family, with the parents to give them confidence that they're gonna look down on that?, Colin: Yeah, I often get questions on that and I talked on the phone with you know, mom or dad about it. For me, it's uhm.. when went off and talking to them, you know, you chat with them kind of, talked about where they're going, explain that the village they're going, the people that are there. You know we have people on the ground who are there, they can meet there at the airport, holding up a sign saying "Welcome Rebecca, I'm really happy you're here in Ghana!" And so when they're there, we can kind of interact, and the parents can ring them if they want to. And a lot of project we hand cell phone to the people that come so they can text and communicate things like that. (Q: So it was communication wide as well) Absolutely, and that's really important. And they often get the letters from moms and dads afterwards just saying that "I cannot believe the difference, you know that Jane and Jonny it's just.. " you know, and they kind of bubbly that they really kind of have the purpose in terms of what they wanna do with their life, and it's just a cool thing to see that., Q: Great advice. Thank you so much for coming to our show today. I actually recommend doing that type of thing, I think it's a great experience. Kids can move on with great lots to say., 意外的把全部貼完了... 就醬子... Good Luck!!!
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