North America is a huge and diverse continent offering countless opportunities to those on a gap year. The continent boasts some of the world's most exciting cities and iconic scenery which are all well worth exploring. Not only is it the third largest continent but North America is the only continent which has every climate so there is definitely a North American destination to suit everyone; whether it's the USA, Canada, Mexico or even the tropical Caribbean islands.
North America offers lots of possibilities for working or volunteering on your gap year too, and it's a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. You can live the American dream by spending your summer working in LA or NYC. You can explore the wildness of the Western states by doing some voluntary conservation work in the National parks or you could make a difference by working as a counsellor on a summer camp in the USA which offers a uniquely American experience. In Canada, you could take to the slopes for a ski season, gain mountain leadership skills or work in one of the Metropolitan cities. Or perhaps you could volunteer in Mexico or learn to dive in the Caribbean.
The variety on offer makes North America a great destination for a gap year and has the potential offer you some enjoyable, memorable and life-changing experiences that will be with you forever.