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Planning that once-in-a-lifetime gap year experience? Looking for ideas on how to raise funds for your adventure?  Thought we'd share a few ideas to get you started.

Here are just a few examples of how you can work to make your gap year adventure happen. Remember, it's never too early to get started.

  • Get creative, jump on your laptop or phone and reach out to your community. This can include a calling or letter writing campaign to family, your church, local businesses or your regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Go with the “tried and true.” Think about organizing a car wash, hosting a garage sale, or holding a series of bake sales.

  • Work! Why not get a part-time job at your local market, babysit or walk dogs for your neighbors, or offer tutoring services?

  • Set up a crowdsourcing page and share it with everyone you know. Don’t forget to make sure that you clearly explain your goal, state how the funds will be used and why they are needed. Ask everyone to share it with their friends and colleagues.

  • Do you have a birthday coming up? Ask for donations toward your gap year fund instead of another video game, book or pair of jeans.

Hopefully this list will jump start other ideas and inspire you to get started.

Remember to stay positive and don't give up! For more ideas and for a list of scholarships and grants, visit the resources section of the American Gap Association site.