Gap Year Advisors
Customizing Students’ Passions with GAP YEAR Opportunities

Taylor The Gap is a personalized gap year consulting service with two Western offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Spokane, Washington.

Boulder-based founder Marion Taylor, accredited by the Gap Year Association in 2018 and recipient of the 2021 Advancing The Gap Year Movement Award, and Spokane-based partner Stashia Kaiel, College and Gap Year Consultant, Founder of GlobalLife Education Consulting, and member of IECA and IACAC, combine their experience and talent to create a dynamic team. They guide students in planning gap experiences with emphasis on student ownership and direction based on interests and goals and the value of becoming a global citizen. Although Taylor The Gap is based in the West, they work with students of all ages, orientations, abilities, and economic backgrounds from across the country. They are registered with Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in case of security alerts or travel advisories from the State Department.

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 so as to avoid conflict of interest and impropriety, 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