Gap Year Advisor
Customizing Students’ Passions with GAP YEAR Opportunities

Taylor The Gap is a personalized gap year consulting service nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado. Founder and owner Marion Taylor, accredited by the Gap Year Association in 2018 and recipient of the 2021 Advancing The Gap Year Movement Award, works with young and adult students nationally from all orientations, abilities, and economic backgrounds, and emphasizes student ownership and direction based on interests and goals. Complimenting her social work background (MSW), Marion’s unique perspective is based on a lifetime of personal gap experiences including 3 years in Peace Corps Senegal, West Africa, on parenting four gap year children, and on regular research and vetting of both domestic and international gap programs. She also serves as a keynote speaker at USA Gap Fairs nationally and at colleges and high schools in the Rocky Mountain West. As a former Gap Year Advisor Ambassador of the Gap Year Association Board, Marion continues to serve as co-chair of the Membership Committee and on the Fair Trade Learning and 2021 conference planning committees. Marion is registered with Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in case of security alerts or travel advisories which is especially important in this time of COVID-19. Time out may be a gap year or semester between high school and college, between college terms, after college, mid-career, or during retirement. This period of self-exploration instills confidence, focus, and motivation for future educational pursuits in younger students, while enabling older adults to find purpose and connection in their later years.

Gap Year Services Include:

Ongoing Covid updates and safety precautions, an initial assessment of students’ (of any age) passions and interests based on an online questionnaire completed by the student, evaluation of Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) for suitability, vetting of and matching with both domestic and international gap programs, referrals to former program alumni, sharing of funding resources, communications with gap program staff, required registration with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), mentorship and support services, regular OSAC alerts throughout the gap experience, mid and end-of-year evaluations, transition post-gap. It is important to note that Taylor The Gap does not accept remuneration from any gap program provider and provides need-based financial discounts upon request.
International and domestic opportunities include:

  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Volunteer & Community Service
  • Academic & Post-Grad Study
  • Work & Internships
  • Travel & Community Immersion
  • Environmental & Conservation Programs
  • Outdoor Wilderness & Adventure Programs
  • Support with planning of independent experience
In carrying out gap consulting services, Taylor The Gap honors and values the diversity of all people, regardless of age, culture, ability, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
Financial discounts are available on an as needed basis.


“A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows”
— John Powell