Philadelphia Idealist Grad Fair 2017

For our former volunteers and anyone else in the Philadelphia region who might be interested in a graduate school fair with a non-profit and international focus:

The Philadelphia Idealist Grad Fair is on September 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Temple University. Admission is free.

Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more.

Speak with graduate admissions advisors from local, national and international universities
The fair is free and open to anyone considering graduate school.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Temple University
Mitten Hall
1913 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Any questions? Email is one of the most well-known websites for the non-profit world. Their website lists over 120,000 organizations and has 1.4 million monthly visitors. Idealist “helps people move from intention to action all over the world.”

Watch these two short videos to see why you should attend the fair and what it looks like:

USA Gap Year Fair at Penn Charter 2016

We were happy to have a table last Saturday at the Gap Year Fair hosted by Penn Charter. The fair was open to interested students and families from Penn Charter and other area schools.

We presented our gap year program “Volunteer The World” to prospective students.

Special thanks to Kathy Cheng, director of USA Gap Year Fairs, who was in charge of putting on the fair and made us all feel so welcome!

The gap year fair began with a one hour talk on the gap year concept by Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs. Students and parents were then able to meet representatives of various gap year programs including Cosmic Volunteers’ “Volunteer The World.”

What is a “Gap Year”?

Gap year programs are designed for recent high school graduates age 18+ who are deferring their first year of college to travel abroad or even domestically.

Participants engage in meaningful experiences like volunteer work abroad, language study, internships, excursions, adventure travel.

After returning home they are more mature, focused and confident and ready for their first year of college and beyond.

Gap Year is a trending conversation among families and schools, and many colleges encourage students to take a semester or year away. 

USA Gap Year Fairs are a source of information and an opportunity to connect with reputable gap year programs focused on education, service and personal growth.

Study Abroad Fair at UCLA

Thank you again to all of the students who stopped by our table today for the annual UCLA Study Abroad Fair, organized by the Internship & International Opportunities Office at UCLA.

A special thanks to Michael-Cosden-Spiker, one of our alumni who took a couple hours out of his busy day to talk to fellow UCLA students about volunteering abroad. Michael volunteered in Ghana for six weeks in the summer of 2008 in the health care field.

Thank you too to UCLA’s Christy Lee for fitting us in despite our late registration!

Photos from UCLA Study Abroad Fair:

UCLA Study Abroad Fair 2008 Scott Burke

UCLA Study Abroad Fair 2008 Michael Cosden-Spiker