The Gap Year Podcast
Explore all things gap year through stories and anecdotes by gappers, families and experts. Fun to listen to but also jam-packed with tips and tricks for making the most of your gap year. No matter who you are or where you are on your gap year journey, you should be listening to the Gap Year Podcast! Although it is produced for Canadians, the content is universal.


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We often feel compelled to keep going, to finish that degree or to pursue more years of higher education, even when a voice in our head tells us to take a break or to change paths.

Now, changing your plans is not easy to do, in fact, it takes a great…


Have you heard the phrase “For Lifer’s” before? This is when someone finds perfect alignment in something and it sticks around for a very long time.

For Tyler, this was finding and working with the incredible Canadian Non-Profit Organization,…


Many people are intimidated by the daunting task of planning an entire gap year. Asking, “What should I plan?” “How should I plan?”. Even raising the question, “Is there a point in planning?!”


With COVID still hanging around, Michelle shares her…


What is your top bucket list goal? Is it to go skydiving, swim with sharks, or run a marathon? Well, for Ashlyn George, her goal was to chase the sun for an entire year! 


After graduating from university, she curated a 6-month plan to travel…


New years always bring up conversations about resolutions, goal setting and milestones that you will accomplish in the year, like beginning your post-secondary journey. 

However, those wanting to start a gap year this year, may experience the complex…


AJ had no intention to pursue a gap year. But missing the IRL university experience due to a pandemic didn’t seem ideal either.


With just two days to go before he was to begin his first semester at University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce, AJ…


Feeling a little anxious about all those post-secondary questions your uncle, grandma and neighbour will be asking you over the holiday break?


Whether you’re considering a gap year, clear on your post-secondary path, or totally unsure about your…


When you’re making a decision, there’s often a few ways you gather information before moving forward.


Like doing your own research, weighing the decision on your own, and seeking the opinions of others. 


Asking mom. Asking dad. Asking friends…


Do you enjoy working with kids, would love to stay with a host family abroad, are up for adventure AND looking to make some money? Maybe becoming an AuPair is a good fit for your gap year experience!


Natalia joins Michelle on the podcast to share…


If you are feeling lost or stuck about which direction to take your career, this episode is for you!

Sarah, career coach and founder of Careergasm, shares totally valuable tips and insight to take the edge off these decisions and get you on the right…



Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.