Travel abroad, learn another language and gain valuable work experience without sacrificing your education?  Thousands of students each year take a year off between secondary school and university —known as the ‘gap year’ — to do just that.

All this self exploration and enrichment comes at a cost. Even so, the gap year is not merely a luxury for the wealthiest families. You might be surprised to learn there are opportunities to suit every budget. Some official gap year programs provide scholarships and stipends, while other programs allow a student to actually make money while away.

Click play to learn ways to cut costs and learn more from a gap year — in 90 seconds.

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