Not every high school student is ready for the transition to post-secondary immediately after graduation. For those thinking about taking a ‘gap year’ to get some ‘real life’ experience, one of the options open to them is a unique Canadian experiential learning program that’s been around over 40 years.

Katimavik’s National Experience is a fully-funded, fully-immersive 5½ month program that program brings together groups of young, diverse adults in a very hands-on learning program where they share and manage a Katimavik house while living in two different communities – at no cost.

All expenses related to participation in the program are covered, including transportation to and from the communities, group activities, housing, and meals. This youth empowerment, non-profit organization has over 37 000 alumni, and their mission has always been to help young adults become engaged, caring citizens and capable contributors and leaders for a better Canada.

In addition, research shows that students who complete a gap year are more likely to find work faster and at a higher pay rate than those who have not.

While Katimavik covers the cost of transportation, food, lodging and program-related activities, Participants are asked to fundraise $1000 towards the cost of their participation. Program start dates are scheduled every January and July.

Learn more about the Katimavik Experience in the Knowledgebase Section of the PSBC Website.