Gap Year Advisor
Customizing Students’ Passions with GAP YEAR Opportunities

Taylor The Gap is a personalized, inclusive gap year consulting service nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado. Founder and owner Marion Taylor works with young and adult students nationally from all orientations, abilities, and economic backgrounds, and emphasizes student ownership and direction in the design of customized gap experiences based on interests and goals. Her unique perspective is based on a lifetime of personal gap experiences, on parenting four gap year children, and on regular vetting of domestic and international gap programs to keep current of gap issues. As a member of the GYA Board of Directors, Marion demonstrates her dedication by also serving on the 2020 Conference Planning Committee, Alum Committee, Gap Year Exploration Month Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. Marion is fully registered with Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in case of security alerts or travel advisories. She also serves as keynote speaker at USA Gap Fairs and speaks regularly at colleges and high schools. 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, assistance with applications and funding resources, communications with 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 to support reflection, transition post-gap and into first semester at college, and EdGE online digital learning platform with pre- and post- gap curriculum. Need-based financial discounts may be available upon request. Taylor The Gap does not accept remuneration from any gap program provider. International and domestic opportunities include:

  • 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