About Marion Taylor

Marion Taylor provides professional expertise in the research and design of customized gap experiences for students of any age.

Born and raised in Colorado, Marion Taylor is married and the mother of four children all of whom grew from their own personal gap experiences. Her parenting perspective of four "gappers" and 35 years of social work experience with non-profit organizations and foundations focused on families, women, and children, distinguishes her as one of the more qualified GYA accredited gap year counselors in the industry. In addition to her social work and parenting background, Marion intentionally experiences and vets gap programs out in the field. She does not accept remuneration from any gap year program so as to avoid conflict of interest and impropriety. Marion flanked her own college years with a gap year at the University of Grenoble, France, after high school, followed by three years in a rural development program with Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, after college. In 2015, Marion taught English to women in Tanzania and volunteered with women's co-ops in Rwanda. In addition, she has immersed herself in two different Spanish language programs in Antigua, Guatemala, and Cuenca, Ecuador. In the fall of 2018, Marion visited Batase village in Nepal, a region not only struck by the 2015 earthquake, but struggling to combat human trafficking as well. She subsequently participated in an adult gap program in the Sacred Valley of Peru in spring 2019. She serves as Global Outreach Ambassador for a women's empowerment program called Street Business School based in Uganda, now reaching beyond Africa to Central America and Asia. All four of her children have participated in gap experiences with her eldest son having worked in Utah and Colorado and having completed a rigorous semester wilderness course in the Himalayas, India. Her eldest daughter finished college a semester early and volunteered as a pre-school assistant in a township outside Capetown, South Africa, while her younger daughter interned post-grad for both a public defender's office in Washington DC and a human rights lawyer in Cape Town, SA, and then wrapped up her gap year by participating in an intensive Spanish immersion program in Cusco, Peru, before entering law school. Her youngest son spent a semester abroad traveling while studying in Greece and completed a Coro Fellowship post-grad in San Francisco.

Marion Taylor
Marion Taylor, Owner and Founder of Taylor The Gap, in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa in 1979 and visiting her village again in 2012.
Volunteering with women's co-ops in Rwanda in 2015.


GYA Accredited Gap Year Advisor, Owner and Founder: Taylor The Gap LLC 2011-21
Program Director: There With Care 2008-10
Customer Relations: Momentum Fair Trade 2007-08
Program Officer: Colorado Trust Foundation 1987-93
Program Coordinator: Battered Women's Shelter 1984-87
Colorado Alumnae Director: Peace Corps 1982-83
Volunteer and Regional Leader: Peace Corps
Senegal, West Africa 1979-82


Speaker's Playground Training 2019
Leadership Denver, Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1990
Masters in Social Work, University of Denver, 1988
The Fundraising School Grantsmanship Center, San Francisco, CA 1987
Non-Profit Management Program, Regis University, 1983
Bachelors of Arts, Middlebury College, 1979, Cum Laude
German Language School, Middlebury College, 1977
American Institute of Foreign Study, University of Grenoble, France, 1974-75

Civic Involvement:

Gap Year Association Board of Directors 2018-2020,
Current GYA Co-Chair Membership Committee, Fair Trade Learning and GYA annual conference planning committees
Global Outreach Ambassador for Women's Street Business School 2015-present
The Women's Global Empowerment Fund Board 2010-12
Colorado African Organization Volunteer 2010-12
The Friends School Board 2002-08
Boulder County AIDS Project Board 1995-01
The Community Foundation of Boulder County Board 1995-98
Disbursement Committee for Mayor's Office on HIV Resources 1994
The Women's Foundation of Colorado 1994
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Board 1986-87


2021 GYA Advancing the Gap Year Movement Award recipient
Gap Year Advisor Accreditation-Gap Year Association 2018
Richard Petterson Award "Most Valuable Board Member": Boulder County AIDS Project 2000
Distinguished Service Award: Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition 1987
Honorable Mention For Fundraising: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2006
Denver Marathon 1984 and 1986


West, East, and South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada, Nepal, and Western Europe


Fluency in French and Diola; proficiency in Spanish and German