What Gap Year Statistics Tell Us About The Impact of Gap Year Programs on...

As high school graduation approaches, many students face the difficult decision of whether to go straight to college or take a gap year. While gap years are considered common practice for new high school graduates...

Gap Year Abroad: The Best Destinations for Cultural Immersion

Embarking on a gap year abroad is an incredible opportunity to broaden your horizons, gain valuable intercultural competencies, nurture a deeper understanding of foreign cultures, engage in intensive language study, and develop valuable life...

Pitching Content to the NOLS Blog

Photo by Kirk Rasmussen Thank you for thinking of the NOLS Blog for your post content. The NOLS Blog exists to educate and engage students—past, present, and...

Avoiding The Crowds

“In the Appalachians of Tennessee, the Baja desert of Mexico, the Sierra Nevada of California, even Alaska’s remote coastline, the story is the same: User impact is spreading...

Gap Year Benefits from a Parent’s Perspective

When your child expresses interest in taking a gap year instead of attending college right after their high school graduation, it's natural to feel a mix of emotions. As a parent, you may wonder if...

a Tribute to Peter Simer

Peter Simer, the Executive Director of NOLS from 1975 until 1983 whose business acumen pulled the school from a precarious financial spot, died at his home in Lander, Wyoming, on September 25 after a...

“It’s a Pilot Trip”—Hiking in Croatia Trip Report

NOLS has been exploring the coasts and islands of Croatia since 2013 by sailboat and kayak but before this June, we had never ventured far inland. In early June, six NOLS Alumni, two NOLS...

NOLS Alumni Trips in Portugal: By the Numbers

We recently asked NOLS Alumni Director Emeritus Rich Brame to tell us a bit more about the latest project that he and his wife Susan have been working on. Here is what we got...

The Power of a Gap Year After High School

Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and growth, high school graduates can truly benefit from taking a gap year. At NOLS, we understand the transformative power of these experiences, as they enable students to step...

8 Gap Year Life Lessons

Are you considering taking a gap year? At NOLS, our gap year programs offer you unparalleled experiences that have the power to change your life.From thrilling international travel adventures to personal growth, and from...