Here are answers to frequently asked questions

  • What is a “Gap Year?”

    A “gap year” is most commonly known as an extended break before, during or after post-secondary studies during an academic year. There are many reasons for taking a gap year from learning about yourself to travelling to volunteering.  Some of the top reasons are listed here.

  • Do students really benefit from taking a Gap Year?

    Read about the benefits here, here, and here.

  • What is a Catholic Gap Year?

    A time spent with a Catholic organization growing in faith and serving others. Ultimately, a time of discovering and becoming a missionary disciple.

  • What Catholic Gap Year programs are available?

    Click here for some examples.

  • How much will going on a Catholic Gap Year cost?

    It all depends. Some programs require quite a bit of funds to cover board and lodging and yet others will offer you a stipend.

  • When is the application deadline to join a Catholic Gap Year program?

    Every organization has a different deadline. It’s best to inquire from the organization directly.  Most have deadlines in the spring because most programs begin in the fall.

  • Can I join a program immediately after high school graduation?

    Why, yes! There are some programs where recent high school graduates can join, but many programs take in those with some post-secondary experience.  It’s best to speak with each organization regarding their requirements.

  • Can I defer my acceptance into 1st year?

    Many post-secondary institutions have policies around deferment. Please contact your admissions officer or Academic Advisor for details.

  • What happens to my status if I’m currently enrolled in post-secondary studies?

    Please contact your Academic Advisor at your school for more details.

  • I have some questions. Who can I talk about this?

    • For program information, please contact the Catholic organization offering the program.
    • For post-secondary status, please contact your intended or current institution.
    • For bursary or other inquiries related to the Catholic Gap Year, please contact Gerard Garcia at 604-683-0281 or by email at catholicgapyear@rcav.org.
    • Contact each organization as they can help you with specific questions about their program, application and other inquiries.