Here are some amazing ideas and experiments you can try out in your gap year!

2012 is a Leap Year… and Victor, the founder of the LYP, is motivating people by asking a simple question:
What would you do if YOU could take a risk to make something better? What Leap would you take?

Victor wanted to learn how to change the world for the better and decided to take 18 months to see if he could learn practical ways to do that. Through conversations with great people, he realized that most people have dreams and ideas of doing (or creating) something that would make their life, family, industry or their world better. However, many of these people find themselves constrained by different barriers (social, economic, geographic, emotional etc). Hence, the Leap Year Project is a space for such people to share their stories of taking a ‘risk’ to do something amazing – better their lives, their communities, their environment or the world! Join in the conversation to get inspired, and share you own story of the risk you took…

  • Mujeeb Khan takes a personal journey…

Dear Loved Ones,

I am writing to you for two reasons, to inform you about a momentous personal decision and to seek your blessings and support. I am planning to walk from IIIT Hyderabad via IIT Chennai, IIT Mumbai, IIT Kanpur to IIT Dehi. I plan to embark on my journey on 3rd December and culminate my journey in Delhi on 3rd March. In the course of my journey I am hoping to inspire many young people across India to join me in this march. We will be living on Montek Singh’s Rs. 32 a day per person. There may well be instances when we may have to resort to living on goodwilll of villagers and town folk who may want to feed the growing contingent of walkers.
My promise to myself is simple, I will learn a lot about India and the walk will help me build endurance and character I will need in years to come apart from deepening my perspectives of peoples issues. I will also be seeking to bridge many divides that exist in India…..the most prominent being the urban rural divide.
Reasons why I am keen to walk across India are listed as follows
  1. I will get to discover India first hand and learn about the millions of lives
  2. It will help be build personal character and endurance
  3. It will help me establish credibility as a person who is serious about his India Dreams
  4. I would like to inspire people to lead more honest lives and build an honest nation
  5. I would like to build bridges between the agrarian and urban India by sharing stories across divides
  6. It will be my first step in the political landscape of this country
  7. It will help me start on advocacy, something I have consciously stayed away from for long enough
As I envisage embarking on this journey, I am filled with dread and fear of all kinds, but my resolve to undertake the walk is unshakable. My family (Wife and Children) will be with me for significant part of the journey, your support and prayers is what I seek from the bottom of my heart……any questions, opinions, suggestions and offers of support are welcome. Above all it will be a matter of immense Joy if any of you wishes to join me on this journey across India.

Yours affectionately,
Abdul Mujeeb Khan

  • Try the NO IMPACT experiement:
Colin Beaven and his family lived for one whole year without causing an impact on the environment. This means switching off from the electric grid, travelling exclusively on foot (or bicycles) and buying NOTHING except food which was locally grown. ‘No Impact’ is essentially causing ZERO (net zero) damage to the environment, meaning no carbon emissions, no plastics, no toxins in water, no non-biodegradable waste, no pollution, no electricity, no toilets…
How did he manage it? What would it be like to try to live a no impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more fun or less fun? More satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or is there hope? Find out the answers to these questions and inspiration at Colin’s blog and the No Impact Project.

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse.  It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.

Joining is simple! Click here to register for our next program (or, if you are a student participating in your University’s No Impact Week, register here).Visit How It Works for step-by-step instructions and register to download our How-To Manual for day-by-day guidelines. Watch inspiring videos from past participants about their lessons from the week and what motivated them to try it.

The challenge is to live a more sustainable lifestyle by consuming less, cutting back on waste and learning the difference between wants and needs in our consumer culture.

In 2005, longtime vegetarians and environmentalists Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon decided to up the ante on their eco-friendly ways. After discovering that the food eaten by the average North American travels 1,500 gas-guzzling miles from farm to grocery store, the Vancouver couple decided to spend a year eating only food grown within a 100-mile radius of their downtown apartment.
Click here to know more!
Beginning three days after their September 2, 2007 wedding, Derek Hughey and Shanna Singh Hughey traveled the world for one year, visiting 40 countries in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. This website is a chronicle of their journey.

5 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Thank you for sharing these inspirations from around the world that people have chosen to embark on. I salute those people/family who took on the ‘No Impact’experiment (and other ‘risks’).

    I’m not a student (not in the formal way at least!). Not even in between jobs! I chose to follow my calling by being a work-from-home mom and a homescholing mom. I feel as though I’m in a “gap” year all the time for I’m always exploring new ways to live in tune with my self.

    These ideas are making me want to reflect on what ‘risk’ I should challenge myself to take – to find more meaning and live more in tune with earth and nature. Will take some time to explore and may be I’ll come back and share the ‘leap’ that I take… 🙂

    Thank you, again!

  2. That is indeed beautiful.. would love to share the same..

  3. pratibha

    Thanks a lot for sharing..This mail has given answers of some questions that i used to ask myself….

  4. Ravi Badri

    Here is an invitation/idea:

    Be part of history by giving 1-year for Jansatyagraha. Never has there been a non-violent action of this scale for a long time. 1 lakh people experiencing abject poverty and violence are going to walk for 1-month from Gwalior to New Delhi, a distance of 350 kilometers as a form of non-violent action. They will walk, eat, sleep, cook, dance, sing and defecate on the National Highway. There has not been such a humongous, highly organized non-violent action. There have been spontaneous coming together of people for a non-violent action for a few days but nothing of this scale and this length of time. Ekta Parishad works for peace through justice and is led by Shri. Rajagopal P.V who has been the Chairman of Gandhi Peace Foundation, Supreme Court Commissioner on Bonded labour. Learn more about this movement and this struggle at, The last time Ekta Parishad organized such an action was in 2007. That was called Janadesh. 25,000 people walked from Gwalior to New Delhi and an outcome of that was the implementation of Forest Rights Act that gives adivasis rights over land they were cultivating. 10 lakh adivasis got pattas through out the country. Jansatyagraha is the next stage in the non-violent struggle that Ekta Parishad is leading. There is a very inspiring documentary based on Janadesh at

    • Ravi Badri

      If you are interested in the above idea, feel free to contact me at ravibadri[at]gmail[dot]com

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