The Meantime is partnering with UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship to fund a Bridge Year — a new program for second semester sophomores who want to take a year off from school to engage in social service projects. Before, fellowships were only offered for gap years between high school and college.
Keegan McBride, one of the co-founders of The Meantime, was a Gap Year Fellow. He spent a gap year between high school and college doing research and teaching English in the Galapagos, volunteering on an organic farm in Costa Rica, working as a camp counselor for a YMCA in Peru, walking 500 miles across Spain along El Camino de Santiago and working for a youth civic engagement NGO in Budapest, Hungary.
“I think the gap year was an experience that really changed my trajectory at Carolina and really beyond that,” McBride said. “I think for a lot of incoming first-years, the gap year is not always something that’s on their radar. I think for a lot of people, they come to Carolina and they realize that maybe a gap year is something they could have used, but at that point it’s hard to find the resources.”
The Meantime will fund a $7,500 fellowship for the Bridge Year program with some of the profits they have made this school year.