TeenLife 2012 Guide to Gap Year Programs


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This free guide contains helpful advice from experienced gap year program executives, a look at the gap year experience from the perspective of a college dean of admissions, and interviews with students who have taken a gap year. It also includes handy information on a a variety of programs of different lengths in many categories in the US and abroad, such as Academic, Adventure/Trips, Arts, Community Service, Environmental Conservation, Internship & Work Experience and Travel/Culture.

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  1. 1. 2 0 1 2guide toGAP YEARPROGRAMSW W W. T E E N L I F E . C O M | F R E E The only free comprehensive guide to Gap Year Programs! Why consider a gap year? Calendar of 2011-2012 USA Gap Year Fairs A T E E N L I F E M E D I A P U B L I C AT I O N
  2. 2. Live with families around the world.Learn and work with experts in the field.Study development issues.Educate and motivate others.16 students, 3 teachers, 8 countries.Apply. Learn. Be the Change.www.thinkingbeyondborders.org
  3. 3. Presenting TeenLife’s2012 Guide to Gap Year Programs!The only free comprehensive resource of its kind. ith rave reviews from parents, students, and educators about the informative content in our “gap guide” last year, my staff and I are so proud to unveil our latest Guide to Gap Year Programs!This year’s guide is even bigger and better! Not onlywill you find even more gap year program listings andbeautiful photography, but you will also find morein-depth information on what it actually means forstudents to take a gap year and its benefits.Contributing writers Robin Pendoley and Kathy Chengdo a wonderful job of outlining some of the mostimportant things to consider when selecting a gapyear program in “The Gap Year—The Newest Addition Marie Schwartz, President &to Higher Education” on page 7. Founder, TeenLife Media, LLCWe also have an insightful article from Bob Claggett,former Dean of Admissions at Middlebury College. Hewas quoted in Time Magazine as saying that taking a We encourage you to attend one of the 28gap year was the single best indicator for success of USA Gap Year Fairs close to you (see pages 5-6).the students on his campus—and that gap year stu- And dont forget to go to our site, www.teenlife.com,dents widely report being more focused, driven, and to view over 300+ gap year programs and to sign updirected during their college years. for our e-newsletter and announcements of our new digital guides.In fact, we have three student profiles about teenswho can vouch for what Bob is saying. Each teenhighlights how their past gap year experienceshelped shape their future college goals. THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 1
  4. 4. 2012 Guide to Gap Year Programs Marie Schwartz President & Founder Marketing & Sales Operations Cara Ferragamo Murray Ellie BoyntonVice President of Marketing & Sales Vice President of Operations Camille Heidebrecht Director of Marketing & Managing Editor Editorial Robin Pendoley, Kathy Cheng, Robert Clagett, and Jan Devereux Contributing Writers Anh-Thu Huynh Manager of Operations & Customer Service Art & Production Kathryn Tilton Designer Sales Amy Barnett Account Executive • amy@teenlife.com Jeanne Kelley Students trekking in Peru with Account Executive • jeanne@teenlife.com Global Routes. See listing on page 17, ad on page 10. Cindy Tessman Account Executive • cindy@teenlife.com Join at www.TeenLife.com Now!Published by Limit of LiabilityTeenLife Media, LLC TeenLife Media, LLC (TL) takes no responsibility for any of the descriptions of the various1330 Beacon St., Suite 268 programs listed. TL is not familiar with all of the organizations listed. We edit theBrookline, MA 02446 descriptions only to achieve a consistent format. TL presents all descriptions without any warranty of any kind, express or implied. TL is not responsible for the accuracy of any(617) 277-5120 description, or for mistakes, errors, or omissions of any kind, and is not responsible forinfo@teenlife.com any loss or damage caused by a user’s reliance on the information contained in this guide.www.teenlife.com All the information contained herein is subject to change without notice, and readers are advised to confirm all information about an organization and obtain references beforeCopyright © 2011 by TeenLife Media, LLC making any commitments.Brookline, MassachusettsPublished by TeenLife Media, LLC Trademarks: TeenLife Media, LLC and related trade dress are trademarks or registeredBrookline, Massachusetts trademarks of TeenLife and/or its affiliates in the United States and may not be used without written permission.
  5. 5. Table of Contents Calendar 5 Attend a USA Gap Year Fair at a location near you.7 The Gap Year— The Newest Addition to Higher Education Gap year experts provide meaningful tips when researching gap year programs.11 GAP YEAR PROGRAMS 11 Academic 14 Adventure/Trips 15 Arts 17 Community Service 23 Environmental Conservation 29 Internship & Work Experience Student with Up with People reads to a group 29 Special Interest of children in the Philippines during a community 30 Travel/Culture impact day. See listing on page 15, ad on page 16. 33 Gap Year Advisor19 Student Voice 36 Viktoria Low highlights how her gap year About TeenLife Find out more about what we offer program at sea shaped her life. and how to register on our site.25 37 Making the Case for Student Voice a Gap Year Zander Rounds describes his unique Former Dean of Admissions encourages eight-month gap year adventure. students to take a gap year before college. 39 Advertiser resource page31 Student Voice Find out more information on the Amanda Carnahan shares what inspired advertisers in this guide. her most during her gap year.35 Checklist of Gap Year Must-Haves 40 INDEX Featured Listings Things you shouldn’t forget when traveling on a gap year. Cover Photo: Thinking Beyond Borders student playing with children in South Africa.
  6. 6. Visit a USA Gap Year Fair Near You!Once again, Dynamy Internship Year and Thinking Beyond Borders have teamed up to bring you28 USA Gap Year Fairs across the country. These events showcase a wide variety of gap yearorganizations and programs.New this year! Every Gap Year Fair will kick off with a Speaker Presentation one half-hour before thefair. Speakers include a combination of gap year consultants, authors, and experts. Topics include: gapyear planning, the pros and cons of taking a gap year, and how gap year experiences impact college.For complete information and fair times, go to www.usagapyearfairs.org. November 2011 JANUARY 2012 Sunday, 1/22 Thursday, 11/10 Thursday, 1/12 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker 5:00-5:30 p.m. Speaker 12:30-3:00 p.m. Fair 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fair 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fair Phillips Academy South Burlington High School Pace Academy Andover, MA Burlington, VT Atlanta, GA Saturday, 1/28 Sunday, 11/13 Tuesday, 1/17 12:00-1:00 p.m. Speaker 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker 7:00-7:30 p.m. Speaker 1:00-4:00 p.m. Fair 1:00-4:00 p.m. Fair 7:30-9:00 p.m. Fair New Trier High School Noble and Greenough School Providence Day School Winnetka, IL Dedham, MA Charlotte, NC Sunday, 1/29 Tuesday, 11/15 Wednesday, 1/18 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker 5:30-6:00 p.m. Speaker 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fair 6:00-8:00 p.m. Fair 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fair Groves Academy Oyster River High School Marshall High School St. Louis Park, MN Durham, NH Falls Church, VA February 2012 Wednesday, 11/16 Thursday, 1/19 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Thursday, 2/2 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Cape Elizabeth High School Thomas S. Wootton School 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fair Cape Elizabeth, ME Rockville, MD The Met (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center) Thursday, 11/17 Saturday, 1/21 Providence, RI 4:00-4:30 p.m. Speaker 12:00-12:30 p.m. Speaker 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fair 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fair Tuesday, 2/7 Hanover High School Sidwell Friends School 7:00-7:30 p.m. Speaker Hanover, NH Washington, D.C. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fair Solomon Schechter School of Westchester Scarsdale, NY Look for this symbol throughout the guide which indicates keystone exhibitors who will be at each USA Gap Year Fair. Continued on page 6
  7. 7. Wednesday, 2/8 Saturday, 2/18 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fair 1:30-4:00 p.m. Fair Bristow Middle School Denver Academy Hartford, CT Denver, CO Thursday, 2/9 Saturday, 2/25 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fair 1:00-3:00 p.m. Fair Darien High School Vistamar School Darien, CT El Segundo, CA Friday, 2/10 Tuesday, 2/28 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker 6:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fair The Hewitt School Francis Parker School New York, NY San Diego, CA Saturday, 2/11 12:30-1:00 p.m. Speaker March 2012 1:00-3:00 p.m. Fair Thursday, 3/1 The Dwight School 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Manhattan, NY 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair Sir Francis Drake High School CESA Sunday, 2/12 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker San Anselmo, CA Languages 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fair Abroad The Northwest School Seattle, WA Friday, 3/2 4:00-4:30 p.m. Speaker 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fair Wednesday, 2/15 Los Altos High School 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker Los Altos, CA 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair Lincoln High School Sunday, 3/4 Portland, OR 1:00-1:30 p.m. Speaker 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fair Thursday, 2/16 Jewish Community 6:00-6:30 p.m. Speaker High School of the Bay 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fair San Francisco, CA Peak to Peak Charter School Lafayette, CO Gap Year language coursesTravel & learn a new language! New! Each Fair kicks off with a Speaker Presentation. Visit us now at: cesalanguages.com info@cesalanguages.comSpanish | French | Italian | German | Portuguese | Russian | Japanese | Chinese | Greek | Arabic
  8. 8. The Gap Year—The Newest Addition to Higher Education By Robin Pendoley and Kathy Cheng ap years are not the norm—not yet, When it comes to shaping your gap year, there are a anyway. But this number is growing variety of program types to choose from, including academic exponentially as more and more parents programs, working or interning in a field of interest, volun- and students are recognizing the incredible teering, pursuing athletics, or traveling. All provide students growth, learning, and focus that other with great opportunities to: students have gained from taking a gap year. • Gain “real world” perspective and direction that give High school guidance and college admissions the college years meaning and purpose.counselors are also seeing a gap year as a critical • Develop maturity and independence by joining profes-preparatory phase for even the highest achieving sional communities as a volunteer or employee.students. Educators highlight the benefit of concrete,real world experience as an exceptional foundation • Attain a deeper understanding of our local and globalfor four years of college study. society that traditional schooling rarely provides. While it may feel like a risk to step outside of the • Pursue various fields of interest to test or define anorm, take comfort in knowing that the best schools in career path.the country—both at the high school and college level—are now encouraging students and families to consider Is a Gap Year Right for Me?a gap year. Every high school senior should consider a gap year; Below are the essential benefits, options, and the benefits listed above make a good case for it. Let’s takeopportunities you’ll need to know about as you plan a moment to dispel the myths that stop some from lookinga gap year for your teen. at gap year options: 1. They are too expensive. Gap year opportunities rangeWhat is a gap year? from those that cost the same as a year of college to A “gap year” is typically a period between completing those that will pay a stipend and an education awardhigh school and beginning college. It may be either a to participants. Everyone can find a way to make asemester or a full year away from traditional classroom gap year affordable.studies. 2. They are only for students who aren’t ready for While there are countless reasons to consider a gap college. Programs and individual options vary greatly,year, the most important is that gap year students are offering opportunities for essential learning andgenerally better prepared for college. A well-structured growth for all types of students.gap year allows students to develop personal and social 3. There is a strong risk that students won’t go back tomaturity, academic focus, and a sense of direction. With school. Experts with decades of experience in the fieldstudies showing that 33% of college students drop out estimate that over 95% of gap year students who werebefore graduation, it is clear that this type of learning on a college track go back to school immediatelyexperience can be crucial. following their time away from the classroom. THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 7
  9. 9. How to choose?Have you ever... Once you have a sense of the options available, it’s time to narrow the field. Answering the following questions will help...siPPed tea you hone in on the best fit:witH a tibetan • How Long? Program options are a few weeks to eight months. While some students want to experience a diverse yearmonK? with lots of different activities, others choose a more in-depth experience from a single program. • International or Domestic? ...danced witH International opportunities range from university learn- ing to service programs. Domestically, there are optionsa masai offering students a chance to live, work, study, and volunteer in different communities.warrior? • Group or Individualized? It is important to consider who will serve as the student’s support system while away from home. Group programs offer a peer community, focus, and support from well-trained program leaders, while individualized programs offer more freedom for the student. • Service or Learning? If service is the goal, make sure the program’s work aligns with the contribution the student hopes to make. • Price Range? Finding your ideal gap year program that fits within your price range may require some flexibility. Just remember that there are affordable options for every budget. Is a Gap Year a Good Investment?gaP semester With the cost of college rising nearly every day, a gap year is an excellent investment for any student’s education. Programs Consider the following: • Gap Years Can Help Pay for College There are a africa 90 number of gap year options that will pay students Kenya, tanzania, uganda both a living stipend and an education award. City Year Latin america and AmeriCorps provide a range of service learning cHiLe, costa rica, ecuador, Peru opportunities in communities around the U.S. A year DAYS asia of service is rewarded with a modest living stipend and a $5,500 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to be cHina, tHaiLand, tibet applied toward college tuition. Many colleges around the country will augment that award, sometimes even doubling or tripling its value. • Gap Year Students Get More Out of College Gap year students widely report being more focused, driven, and directed during their college years. Investing in a gap adventurescrosscountry.com year may be the best way to ensure the money invested 1-800-767-2722 in college tuition will be well spent.
  10. 10. Cheshire AcademyHow much should I spend? College Preparatory and Postgraduate Program While money is an important factor when comparingprograms, it’s important to not let it limit your search. Our college counselors help you find the “right fit” college. They get to know youUltimately, you want to find a program that is both affordable as a person, advise you about courses, andand the right fit. Here are some things to think about when guide you through the SATs. You’ll attendevaluating the cost of a program: the college counseling course and the college • You Get What You Pay For When looking at the cost fair, which draws admission officers from more than 100 colleges. At every step of the of a program, carefully consider group size, safety, application process, you’ll have the help you support services, itinerary details, quality of need. And when you receive your decision experience, and learning opportunities. letters, the counselors help you decide • College Credit = $ Some organizations offer college which college to attend. credit for successful completion of their gap year • Teacher/student ratio: 7/1 program. It is important to check with your university • Average class size: 12 prior to your program to determine if those credits will 2011 college placements include: transfer. If accepted, the credits earned may satisfy • Bates College general education requirements, shortening your time • Carnegie Mellon University on campus and reducing tuition costs. Additionally, • Georgetown University • Johns Hopkins University accredited programs are often eligible for traditional • New York University college scholarships. • University of California at Berkeley • Scholarships and Financial Aid Many programs offer scholarships and financial aid. Scholarships can range Cheshire, Connecticut • Admission Office: 203-439-7250 from a few hundred dollars to enough funds to cover Download our postgraduate brochure at all costs of participating. Some programs will assist www.cheshireacademy.org under “Publications” students in raising funds on their own. Additionally, organizations like Rotary International provide scholarships for student exchange. • Earn Your Keep Plan ahead and schedule time over weekends, summers, or holidays to work and earn money to put toward the cost of your gap year. Some students choose to spend the first few months of their gap year working full time locally to finance programs or travel later in the year. Virtually every student can benefit from a gap year.All it takes is some planning, legwork, and flexibility tomake it happen.Robin Pendoley is Co-Founder & CEO of Thinking BeyondBorders (www.thinkingbeyondborders.org), an educationalgap year program.Kathy Cheng is Director of Admissions of Dynamy InternshipYear (www.internshipyear.org), an experiential learning gapyear program.The USA Gap Year Fairs organization and events are acollaboration of Thinking Beyond Borders and DynamyInternship Year.
  11. 11. Gap Year Programs Gap Year Programs challenge students through study, service, travel, and cultural exchange. Although every Gap Year Program is different, each promotes self-exploration and personal growth, which often leads to clearer direction for college studies. They can be academic or special interest, but most importantly, gap year programs teach through experience rather than in a typical classroom setting. From experiencing different cultures, studying community development, or diving into environmental issues— to learning how to be entrepreneurial, understanding religion, or excelling in sports, music, or fine arts, there are literally hundreds of structured gap year programs worldwide!Academic Center For Study Abroad (CSA)Aspire by API: Gap Year Abroad Since 1990, CSA has offered low-costPrograms academic programs worldwide that are openAspire by API provides comprehensive to all students. It’s easy to register with quickgap year abroad programs for recent high confirmation. Students can earn college credit,school grads. Their language and cultural and have flexibility with housing, travel, andimmersion programs provide students with payments. Payment accepted upon arrival,opportunities to learn and develop global or in advance.skills in an exciting, enriching, and safe Location(s): Asia, Australia, Central America,setting. New Zealand, South AmericaLocation(s): France, Ireland, Spain Name: Alima K. Virtue, Program DirectorName: Courtney Link Phone: (206) 583-8191Phone: (512) 600-8921 Email: studycsa@aol.com Teens having a blastEmail: courtney@aspirebyapi.com with visitOZ: work in Address: 325 Washington Avenue South, australia. See listingAddress: 301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100, #93, Kent, WA 98032 on page 29, specialAustin, TX 78746 Website: www.centerforstudyabroad.com promotion ad page 34.Website: www.aspirebyapi.com THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 11
  12. 12. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS CESA Languages Abroad Cheshire Academy From beginner to advanced, or one week to a year, CESA Postgraduate Program offers a variety of language programs in quality language Strengthen your academic profile; extend schools across Europe, Latin America, and more. CESA your interscholastic sports participation prior students gain a wider and richer knowledge of the vocabulary, to college; and build English skills. Advisors grammar, and syntax of the language they are studying. will help create a postgraduate program that Program Location(s): Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, best suits your needs, including an SAT and Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Morocco, ACT Preparation Course. Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain Program Location(s): Cheshire, Connecticut Name: Katherine Brand Name: Treda Collier, Director of Admission Phone: +(44) 1209 211800 Phone: (203) 439-7250 Email: info@cesalanguages.com Email: admissions@cheshireacademy.org Address: CESA House, Pennance Road, Lanner, CON TR16 Address: 10 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410 5TQ United Kingdom Website: www.cheshireacademy.org Website: www.cesalanguages.com ISA Gap Year Begin your college career abroad with an ISA Gap Year program! Choose from 22 locations worldwide for a full year, semester, summer, or intensive month-long program. Explore a new culture through classes, activities, excursions, and even volunteering. Program Location(s): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Spain Name: Erica Cerza Phone: (512) 474-1041 Email: erica@lpiabroad.com Address: 1112 West Ben White Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704 Website: www.studiesabroad.com/gapyear Sea|mester students hoisting a sail aboard S/Y Argo while participating in the King’s Cup Regatta in Thailand. See listing on page 13, ads on pages 21 and back cover.12 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
  13. 13. WWW.TEENLIFE.COM for information on: SUMME GAP YEAR PLACEMR E NTS GAP YEAR PROGRAMSOcean Classroom:SEAmester College Semester Summer and Gap Year ProgramsYour classroom is a schooner and your campus is thesea. History, science, literature, and math take on newmeaning when concepts are applied in the field. The Community Servicecurriculum is integrated with the journey and ports www.conservationafrica.net T. (510) 530-5303 College Admissionsthroughout the Eastern U.S. and Caribbean.Program Location(s): Eastern Seaboard, Caribbean,United StatesName: Susan Hodder www. Private SchoolsPhone: (207) 633-2750Email: agraham@oceanclassroom.org teenlifeAddress: 1 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 Jobs & InternshipsWebsite: www.oceanclassroom.org .comSea|mester TeenLife LocalSea|mester offers a range of unique educational adven-tures where our students live aboard either S/Y Ocean Staror S/Y Argo sailing from country to country. Sea|mestereducation programs are highly experiential and offercollege-level credits.Program Location(s): Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Italy,South Africa, Spain, Tahiti, Thailand, and the CaribbeanName: Travis YatesPhone: (941) 924-2900Email: travis@seamester.comAddress: P.O. Box 5517, Sarasota, FL 34277Website: www.seamester.com/gap BringingSol Abroad High School & out the bestGap Year Programs in teensSol Abroad offers affordable high school study abroad, gapyear, and Spanish immersion programs in Oaxaca, Mexico; CONNECTINGHeredia and Atenas, Costa Rica; Buenos Aires, Argentina;Granada; and Spain. Students can travel with Sol Abroadfor the summer, or during a semester, spring break, or FAMILIES TOwinter break.Program Location(s): Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, SpainName: Brent Hunter OPPORTUNITIESPhone: (512) 380-1003Email: info@solabroad.com FOR TEENS.Address: P.O. Box 523, Austin, TX 78767Website: www.solabroad.com
  14. 14. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS Adventure/Trips Carpe Diem Education Carpe Diem Education’s gap year programs are designed to safely challenge every student through service, travel, community, and cultural exchange. Students not only gain personal insight, but are also challenged to be better self-leaders and global citizens. Program Location(s): Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Hopi Nation, India, Laos, Navajo Nation, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam Name: Ethan Knight Phone: (503) 285-1800 Email: info@carpediemeducation.org Address: P.O. Box 17427, Portland, OR 97217 Website: www.carpediemeducation.org National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)Students exploring Youth For Understanding Phone: (800) 710-6657the Taj Mahal (YFU) USAin India with Address: 284 Lincoln Street, Lander, WY 82520Youth for YFU USA is a non-profit international Website: www.nols.eduUnderstanding educational organization with programs in 64USA. See listing countries. For 60 years, YFU has exemplifiedright, ad on excellence in international youth exchange world- North Carolina Outward Boundpage 24. wide. YFU USA brings 2,000 students to the U.S. North Carolina Outward Bound has been provid- and sends 500 U.S. teens overseas each year. ing life-changing and transformative wilderness Program Location(s): Argentina, Austria, courses for teens, college students, adults, and Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, veterans in the North Carolina Mountains, North Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Carolina Outer Banks, the Florida Everglades Ghana, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, National Park and Ten Thousand Islands Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Roma- National Wildlife Refuge, and Patagonia since nia, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, 1967. Challenge, adventure, and teamwork Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela combined create an ideal platform for teaching Phone: (800) TEENAGE (833-6243) leadership in the Outward Bound setting. Email: admissions@yfu.org Program Location(s): Florida, North Carolina, Address: 6400 Goldsboro Road, Suite 100, Patagonia Bethesda, MD 20817 Name: Ryan Robinson Website: www.yfu-usa.org Phone: (800) 841-0186 Email: rrobinson@ncobs.org Address: 2582 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805 Website: www.ncobs.org14 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
  15. 15. GAP YEAR PROGRAMSReal Gap Experience ArtsReal Gap Experience is a leading gap year provider withmore than 200 projects across 35 countries. Ranging fromone week to two years, take your pick of adventure travel, Up with Peoplevolunteering, sports, language immersion, round-the-world In six months, you can travel to more than 20 cities on two topackages, or paid work. three continents. In every city, volunteer through communityProgram Location(s): The Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe impact projects, live with local host families, and performName: Tom Sharp a dynamic international musical production. College creditPhone: (866) 939-9088 options available.Email: travel@realgap.com Program Location(s): Asia, Europe, North AmericaAddress: 61-63 Chatham Street, 5th Floor, Name: Breton Shepherd, Admissions RepresentativeBoston, MA 02109 Phone: (303) 460-7100Website: www.realgap.com Email: bshepherd@upwithpeople.org Address: 6830 Broadway, Unit A, Denver, CO 80221 Website: www.upwithpeople.orgWorld Challenge ExpeditionsPhone: (877) 333-1060Address: 240 Commercial Street, 4th Floor,Boston, MA 02109 Go to www.teenlife.com to viewWebsite: www.world-challenge-expeditions.com all listings and register. where there be w ww. wheretherebedragons . co m dragons language immersion wilderness exploration culture and development studies homestay rugged travel accredited internships semester and summer programs The leader in cross-cultural education, fostering leadership, self-exploration, and global citizenship since 1993.
  16. 16. UWP— A Unique Gap Year Opportunity Want to spend 6 or 12 months traveling the world and making a difference? Make the most of your Gap Year with Up with People! UWP offers the most unique Gap Year experience for young people from around the world. In 6 months, you can travel to more than 20 cities on 2-3 continents. In every city, volunteer through community impact projects, live with local host families, and perform in a dynamic international musical production. You also have the option to take university courses and earn credit during your UWP semester. Programs begin in January and July each year. Apply to travel for one or two semesters. Learn More! Visit us at www.upwithpeople.org or call The Global Education Program +1-303-460-7100. Follow us on Facebook.UWP ad Teen Life.indd 1 9/15/11 4:43 PM
  17. 17. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS CIEE: Gap Year Abroad Gap Year Abroad with CIEE offers college- bound high school graduates an opportunityStudent with to acquire a broader global perspective, fosterAdventures independence, and gain self-knowledge duringCross-Countrymaking new friends an exciting gap year abroad program.in the Masai Village, Program Location(s): Chile, China,Tanzania. See listing Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Spainbelow, ad on page 8. Name: Nate Dyer Phone: (800) 40-STUDY (78839) Email: ndyer@ciee.org Address: 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 Website: www.ciee.org/gap City Year Phone: (617) 927-2500 Community Service Address: 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 Adventures Cross-Country: Website: www.cityyear.org Gap Year Programs (ARCC) ARCC has been offering programs for young adults Global Citizen Year since 1983. ARCC GAP Semesters are an opportunity Phone: (415) 963-9293 to live and learn in some of the greatest classrooms on Address: 466 Geary Street, Suite 400, earth as students embark on a journey of discovery of San Francisco, CA 94102 local peoples, places, cultures, and ideas. Website: www.globalcitizenyear.org Program Location(s): Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda; Asia: China, Thailand, Tibet; Latin America: Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru Global Routes Phone: (800) 767-2722 Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of Email: info@adventurescrosscountry.com experiential, international programming for Address: 242 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941 young adults. Through their community service Website: www.adventurescrosscountry.com programs, participants live and work side- by-side with host families in small, rural communities throughout the world. Basti Ram Program Location(s): Belize, Brazil, Basti Rams mission is to help rural communities in Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican India by running projects that are designed to give Republic, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nepal, access to education, learning, and skills. They accept Peru, Tanzania, Thailand volunteers of all ages and all professions and welcome Name: Rosie Perera anyone with a big heart and a generous disposition. Phone: (413) 585-8895 Program Location(s): India, United Kingdom Email: mail@globalroutes.org Phone: +44 07515 857865 Address: One Short Street, Email: bastiram.uk@gmail.com Northampton, MA 01060 Address: 17 Dalkeith Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1JD Website: www.globalroutes.org United Kingdom Website: www.bastiram.org.uk THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 17
  18. 18. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS Global Vision International Maasai International Phone: (888) 653-6028 Challenge Africa (MICA) Address: 66 Long Wharf, Suite 562 S, Boston, MA 02110 MICA, a non-profit organization based in Website: www.gviusa.com Tanzania, places volunteers in different schools, hospitals, and orphanages, and also organizes safari adventures in Africa, Kuchanga Travel Asia, and Latin America. Kuchanga Travel connects individuals and organizations Program Location(s): Africa, Asia, to a wonderful range of volunteer opportunities and Latin America adventure. Name: Edward Laiser Program Location(s): Mozambique, South Africa, Phone: +255 767707352 Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar Email: info@micatz.org Name: Joanne Trangle Address: P.O. Box 14950, Arusha, Phone: (612) 432-4473 0255 Tanzania Email: joanne@kuchangatravel.com Website: www.micatz.org Address: 5536 Loring Lane, Golden Valley, MN 55422 Website: www.kuchangatravel.com Ocean Classroom: Horizon Gap Program The Horizon Gap Program is a tall-ship voyage in the Caribbean that includes humanitarian, environmental, and cultural projects that have lasting impact. It provides a framework for personal challenge, adven- ture, and self-understanding in a supportive community of students learning at sea. Program Location(s): Eastern Seaboard, Caribbean, United States Name: Susan Hodder Phone: (207) 633-2750 Email: agraham@oceanclassroom.org Address: 1 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 Website: www.oceanclassroom.org Projects Abroad Phone: (888) 839-3535 Address: 347 West 36th Street, Suite 903, New York, NY 10018 Website: www.projects-abroad.org Teen wildlife volunteer holding a lion cub with African Conservation Experience. See listing on page 23, ad on page 13.18 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
  19. 19. student profile In Her Own WordsWhy did you decide to participate in a gap yearprogram? “ I learned so much: independence,I knew I was ready for a break from academics anda traditional classroom education. I was thinking I self-confidence, howwanted to go abroad on some kind of experiential to take initiative, and ”learning program, but I wasn’t sure exactly whereI wanted to go. All I knew was that I didn’t want a respect for others.scholastic program.How did you research gap year programs and What was the most memorable part of your gap yeardecide which to do? experience?One day at school, I noticed a colorful poster on When we crossed the Equator in the middle of the night.a bulletin board with a photo of the Sea|mester The staff woke us all up to watch as we crossed the “line.“sailboat (“Argo”), so I wrote down the contact details We had a little ceremony on the deck, where we each threwand immediately sent away for more information. something overboard to appease Neptune (god of the sea)It sounded amazing, so I signed up. I was ready for and commemorate our first crossing. I threw in my anti-an adventure, and I got one. nausea pills because I became a true sailor that night— no more seasickness!Were you already an experienced sailor?No, not at all. I’d taken a few sailing lessons at What did you learn by participating in a gap year?summer camp when I was little, but I didn’t know I learned so much: independence, self-confidence, howanything about being out at sea for a long period to take initiative, and respect for others (essential whenof time. I lived on the Sea|mester boat for 90 days, you’re living in close quarters with a crew for 3 months).sailing between Australia and Thailand with 17 The experience made me more willing to try new things.other shipmates and 5 staff members. I also became an advanced diver and trained as crew for ocean sailing. These are valuable skills I can use for the rest of my life. When I got home I got certified as a dive instructor and worked last summer teaching diving in the British Virgin Islands with Action Quest, which is one of Sea|mester’s programs for high school students. Viktoria Low Would you encourage other students to take part in a gap Graduate of year program? the University of Oregon and Yes, absolutely. It really changed my whole direction in life. Fortuna High It was an unforgettable experience, and one I’ve continued School in Fortuna, CA to learn from since coming home. I liked it so much, in fact, that I’m now working for Sea|mester as their West Coast representative. THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 19
  20. 20. European Art and Culture Six week courses & Semester Founded in the UK in 1987, AHA provides structured courses of art history and European civilization. Accompanied throughout by unstuffy, brilliant tutors, students enjoy a full program of onsite tutorials. Meet like minded students from around the world and make good friends. Stay in the right places, see the most wonderful art and expand your cultural horizons on this unique, worthwhile course. Six week courses run throughout the year to Italy. There are also a variety of two week summer courses to Venice, Florence and Rome. NEW Autumn Semester program: A 90 day program that starts in London (European culture and politics) then to Paris (Impressionism and Modernism) then to Tuscany (language, cuisine or practical art) before joining our six week art history course travelling the length of Italy. A RT H I S T O RY A B R O A D telephone: +44 (0)1379 871800 facebook.com/art.historyabroad www.arthistoryabroad.comAHA USA Magazine Advert.indd 1 11/10/2011 18:10
  21. 21. Gap Year? Now What? GAP YEAR PROGRAMSRaleigh InternationalFollow in the footsteps of Prince William and CatherineMiddleton by joining a Raleigh service learning andadventure expedition. Young people from around theworld gain valuable work skills while volunteering onsustainable community and environmental projects forfive to ten weeks worldwide.Program Location(s): Borneo, Costa Rica, India,NicaraguaName: Stacey AdamsPhone: +44 (0)20 7183 1270Email: info@raleigh.org.ukAddress: 207 Waterloo Road, 3rd Floor, London, Volunteer Abroad withSE1 8XD United Kingdom Greenheart TravelWebsite: www.raleighinternational.org Change your perspectives. Change your life.Rustic Pathways: Gap Year Programs Travel for a Change.Rustic Pathways is a pioneer in providing empoweringcommunity service, experiential learning, language, 1.888.ABROAD.1 | 746 N. LaSalle Dr., Chicago, ILand adventure experiences for students in truly amaz- www.greenhearttravel.orging places all over the world. From one month to ninemonths, they offer gap year options to suit any budgetand timeframe.Program Location(s): Australia, Burma, Cambodia,China, Costa Rica, Fiji, Ghana, India, Laos, Morocco,Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru,Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam Set your own courseName: Tim Porter-DeVriesePhone: (800) 321-4353Email: gap@rusticpathways.comAddress: P.O. Box 1150, Willoughby, OH 44096Website: www.rusticpathways.com/gapThinking Beyond Borders (TBB)Thinking Beyond Borders empowers and inspiresstudents to address critical global issues. TBB’s GlobalGap Year, Ecuador Gap Semester, and Thailand GapSemester programs feature fieldwork, homestays, andacademic study in developing communities.Program Location(s): Cambodia, China, Ecuador, India,Peru, South Africa, Thailand, United States take the helm of your educationName: Robin Pendoley • fall, SPrinG & Summer SemeSterSPhone: (203) 993-0236 • tWelVe academic creditSEmail: robin@thinkingbeyondborders.org • marine Science & leaderShiPAddress: P.O. Box 656, Fairfield, CT 06824 • ScuBa & SailinG certificationSWebsite: www.thinkingbeyondborders.org • no eXPerience neceSSary WWW.SEAMESTER.COM/GAP
  22. 22. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS United Planet Volunteers For Peace (VFP) United Planet offers programs which VFP provides affordable cultural place volunteers in several countries exchange and meaningful volunteer around the world. Volunteers not only work in over 100 countries. Offering live with host families and work on more than 3,000 projects, VFP helps community projects, but they also individuals and groups plan their enjoy excursions, language classes, short- or long-term service and excellent support in the country. adventure overseas or in the U.S. Programs range from one to Program Location(s): France, Haiti, 52 weeks. Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Program Location(s): The Americas, Mexico Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Name: Meg Brook the Pacific Phone: (802) 540-3060 Name: Mary Babic Email: info@vfp.org Phone: (617) 267-7763 Address: 7 Kilburn Street,Teen getting her hairbraided while visiting with Email: quest@unitedplanet.org Suite 316, Burlington, VT 05401a family in Lake Eyasi, Address: 11 Arlington Street, Website: www.vfp.orgTanzania with KUCHANGA Boston, MA 02116Travel. See listing on Website: www.unitedplanet.orgpage 18.
  23. 23. GAP YEAR PROGRAMSEnvironmental ConservationAfrican Conservation ExperienceFrom hands-on work at wildlife rehabilitation centers tohelping field researchers and rangers, or assisting wild-life vets, African Conservation Experience offers volunteerplacements at exciting wildlife conservation projectsthroughout southern Africa.Program Location(s): Botswana, Mauritius, South AfricaPhone: (510) 530-5303Email: info@conservationafrica.netAddress: P.O. Box 2739, Oakland, CA 94602Website: www.conservationafrica.netBlue VenturesBlue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservationorganization dedicated to conservation, education, andsustainable development in tropical coastal communities.Volunteers join three- to eight-week expeditions at BlueVentures’ sites in Madagascar or Belize.Program Location(s): Andavadoaka, Madagascar;Sarteneja, BelizeName: Kate GuyPhone: +44 (0)207 359 1287Email: kate@blueventures.orgAddress: AH309 a/b, 22-24 Highbury Grove,London, N5 2EA United KingdomWebsite: www.blueventures.orgGap Year South AfricaPhone: (805) 354-5632Address: P.O. Box 592, Cambridge, CB10ES United KingdomWebsite: www.gapyearsouthafrica.comInternational School for EarthStudies: Gap Semester (ISES)ISES is a private, interdisciplinary institution specializingin earth-based studies. ISES seeks students who wishto explore their interests in responsible and sustainableenvironmental stewardship, developing tomorrow’senvironmentally sensitive leaders.Program Location(s): Quebec, CanadaName: Geoffrey CushingPhone: (819) 647-3226Email: info1@earth-studies.caAddress: 197 Fierobin Road, Ladysmith, QC J0X 2A0 CanadaWebsite: www.earth-studies.ca
  24. 24. Making the Case for a Gap Year By Robert Clagett ou’re in high school, working hard to create a strong academic record, getting involved in all of the right extracurricular activities, and doing anything and everything you possibly can to get admitted to the college of your dreams. But is it starting to feel like getting into college has become the primary motivation for everything that you do? If the answer is “yes,” then you may need to reevalu- ate. Take a step back and truly think about what your educational, personal, and professional goals beyond high school might be. Explore what you want to study and why. Maybe take a year off to do something different. Maybe a gap year. More and more American graduates are doing just that—postponing college to engage in a potentially life-changing gap year experience. Ranging from service-learning trips all over the world to organizations closer to home that serve local communities, there are a plethora of quality gap year programs to choose from, many of which are listed in this guide. Ultimately, what you do with your gap year is far less important than allowing yourself to pursue your own dreams and ambitions. The benefits of time taken off after high school, regardless of what you pursue during that year, are many. Often, parents worry that students who take a gap year will lose their hard-earned study skills when they Robert Clagett is a former Dean put their formal education on hold for a year. However, of Admissions at Middlebury College. the opposite is true. At Middlebury College, for example, students who took a gap year have, on average, higher GPAs than those who didnt. They even do better than their high school academic credentials (GPA, test scores, etc.) would have predicted, more so than their non gap- year classmates. THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 25
  25. 25. making the case for a gap year Take a step back and truly think about what your educational, personal, and professional goals beyond high school might be... maybe take a year off to do something different. These academic benefits are not surprising, You can always defer your enrollment for a considering students who have taken a gap year are year. Most schools will gladly accept your deferral, typically more focused, more mature, and more prepared especially upon knowing about your gap year deci- to take advantage of all of the opportunities that higher sion. According to Kristin White, the author of The education affords. The significant confidence and personal Complete Guide to the Gap Year, here are average growth from taking a gap year helps them define them- numbers of freshmen who delay their college selves more clearly from the very start of college. And start at some leading schools: Cornell (50 to 60), that in turn, helps them come closer to realizing their Dartmouth (20 to 30), Georgetown (15 to 25) and own potential as students while in school. Now isn’t that Yale (30 to 40). what your education should be all about? Then, come September of the following year, It might sound scary to deviate from the norm in such you’ll have the college you’ve chosen waiting for a dramatic way, and taking a gap year does require some you, and you’ll be refreshed and ready to begin. serious planning and consideration. Cost, for example, is Truthfully, “refreshed” is often an understatement a factor, but for many programs financial aid is available. for students who’ve gone on a gap year. Most come Some programs involving farming or language immersion away from it feeling like a whole new person, one offer a small salary. who’s ready to take on the world. Despite the appeal and perks of taking a gap year, So think about it. Think about the ways in the logistical end of things can be a little tricky too. When which you could grow and benefit from the invest- you’re considering your post-high school options, just bear ment you and your family will be making in your in mind that if you decide to take a gap year, it probably college education. Most importantly, think about still makes sense for you to apply to college during your doing something for the pure love of it, and not senior year. It is far easier to go through the process because it might help you get into college. with the help of your family and school, especially with resources like counselors, teachers, and others who stand ready to assist you. Robert Clagett is the former Dean of Admissions at Middlebury College. He also worked in admissions at Harvard University for more than twenty years and has taught at The Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts and at the International School of Hamburg in Germany.26 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
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  27. 27. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS Dynamy Internship Year At Dynamy, education takes on a new meaning. Students from ages 17-22 years old explore their talents and pursue interests through hands-on internships, apartment living, college courses, and adventure challenge. Students walk away with real-world and real-life experiences that better prepare them for college, a career, and beyond. Program Location(s): Worcester, Massachusetts Name: Kathy Cheng Phone: (508) 755-2571 x18 Email: kcheng@dynamy.org Address: 27 Sever Street, Worcester, MA 01609 Students traveling in Siena, Italy with Bel Camino. Website: www.internshipyear.org See listing on page 30, ad on page 6. VisitOz: Work in Australia Paid jobs are guaranteed in rural and OutbackThe Leap areas on farms, ranches, and in hospitality,Phone: +44(0)1672 519922 childcare, and teaching. VisitOz students areAddress: 121 High Street, Marlborough, offered an initial nine-day farm training andWIL SN8 1LZ United Kingdom safety course before work.Website: www.theleap.co.uk Program Location(s): Australia Name: Joanna and Dan Burnet Phone: +61 (07) 41 686 185Internship & Email: info@visitoz.orgWork Experience Address: 8921 Burnett Highway, Goomeri, QLD 04601 Australia Website: www.visitoz.orgBridge the Divide Foundation, Inc.Bridge The Divide offers both volunteer and paidexchange programs between the Peoples Republic ofChina and the U.S. in the teaching of conversational Special Interestlanguage and customs. Volunteer programs rangefrom two to four weeks; employment programs paid The Apprenticeshopby the People’s Rebublic of China are a semester or A school for traditional boat building andlonger. Ability to speak or write Chinese is not required. seamanship.Program Location(s): China, United States Program Location(s): Rockland, MaineName: John Metelski Name: Eric Stockinger, Executive DirectorPhone: (540) 882-4058 Phone: (207) 594-1800Email: jmetelski@bridgethedividefoundation.com Email: info@apprenticeshop.orgAddress: 15037 Thicket Court, Waterford, VA 20197 Address: 643 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841Website: www.bridgethedividefoundation.com Website: www.apprenticeshop.org THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS | 29
  28. 28. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS Pioneer Ranches Canada Gap Program Bel Camino Pioneer Ranches, Canada has an exciting four- or Bel Caminos Semester in Siena offers young adults a eight-month Gap program that provides opportunities three-month immersion in the language, culture, and to develop leadership skills, sample college landscape of Italy. Highlights include: a homestay, courses, try out some trades, and experience language study, cultural excursions, instruction in the ministry trips to Guatemala and the Australian creative arts, and a week-long hike in Tuscany. Outback with a January or August start. Program Location(s): Siena and Toscana, Italy Program Location(s): Australia, Canada, Guatemala Name: Carla Fabian Name: David Arnold Phone: (305) 877-4937 Phone: (888) 511-2660 Email: info@belcamino.org Email: info@pioneercamps.ab.ca Address: 5001 London Walk (Quayside), Address: Box 660, Sundre, Alberta T0M 1X0 Canada Miami, FL 33138 Website: www.pioneercamps.ab.ca/getinvolved/ Website: www.belcamino.org gap.php Class Afloat Gap Year Travel/Culture Phone: (800) 301-7245 Address: 97 Kaulbach Street, P.O. Box 10, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada ANDEO Website: www.classafloat.com ANDEO is a non-profit organization specializing in educational homestay programs since 1981. Greenheart Travel They offer flexible gap year programs to fit each students individual goals, interests, schedules, Greenheart Travel, a division of Center for Cultural and budgets in more than ten countries. Interchange (CCI), is passionate about helping teens and adults reach their full potential through unforgettable Program Location(s): China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, experiences abroad. They strive to use cultural exchange France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, to promote global understanding, academic development, Peru, Spain environmental consciousness, and world peace. Name: Andrea Bailey Program Location(s): Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Phone: (800) 274-6007 Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Email: info@andeo.org Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Address: 620 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 625, Portland, Peru, Scandinavia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, OR 97204 Tanzania, Thailand Website: www.andeo.org Name: Anna Kacyn Phone: (888) 227-6231 Art History Abroad Email: travelabroad@greenhearttravel.org Art History Abroad students not only immerse Address: 746 North LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60647 themselves in European culture and beautiful Ital- Website: www.greenhearttravel.org ian art, but are taught to draw connections between art history, philosophy, music, and literature to make learning about art interesting and fun. Program Location(s): France, Italy Name: Nick Ross Phone: +44 1379 871800 Email: info@arthistoryabroad.com Address: The Red House, 1 Lambseth Street, Eye, Sign in to www.teenLife.com for SFK IP23 7AG United Kingdom more information on all listings. Website: www.arthistoryabroad.com30 | THE TEENLIFE 2012 GUIDE TO GAP YEAR PROGRAMS
  29. 29. Student profile “ I wanted tothat would have find a unique In Her Own Words personal meaning.” experience What exactly were you looking for in a gap year program? I wanted a program that would allow me to do volunteer work abroad, get university credit, and provide time to travel and go on adventure excursions such as rafting and trekking. I also wanted to study a new language and learn about other cultures to help me understand the world better. What did you do on your gap year experience? I had two very different but equally amazing experiences. I spent three months in northern India, working with Mother Teresa’s organization, Missionaries of Charity. We lived and volunteered in a variety of settings and stayed in hostels, hotels, and with Tibetan host families. I took Hindi lessons and learned yoga while living at an ashram. We also visited cultural landmarks. For the second part of my gap year I went to Peru with Carpe Diem’s Latitudes program. I studied Spanish in school for one month and then lived on an eco-farm for two months to learn about sustainable farming in underprivileged communities. What was the most memorable part of your gap year experience? The most memorable part of my gap  year experience was Amanda Carnahan getting to know the group I had the honor of traveling with in Graduate of Camas High School in Camas, Oregon and Portland State University India. I really had no idea what to expect. But as time went on, I gained the most amazing friends, who are now like family. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in my life! I will always cherish our adventures together.Why did you decide to participate in a gap yearprogram? What did you learn by participating in a gap year?I felt completely burnt out from school and was at a loss I learned that I could handle anything! I learned to trust myselfas to what I wanted to do with my life. I was looking for and have self-confidence. I learned better communication skillssomething new and exciting and decided I wanted to find and techniques to handle stress. I also got a glimpse into thea unique experience that would have personal meaning. potential we, as individuals, have to impact our world. Most importantly, my experience gave me the courage to be myself, toHow did you research gap year programs and stand out in a crowd, and to show others positive ways todecide which to do? approach life.I started by searching online for volunteer opportuni-ties and study-abroad programs. There were tons of Would you encourage other students to take part in a gapoptions, but I couldn’t find one with all the components year program?I was looking for, at a price I could afford. With a bit Yes, I think a gap year is crucial for everyone, because it lets youmore searching I eventually found Carpe Diem Educa- break free from your regular classroom education and see thetion. After talking to Carpe Diem’s executive director world in a whole new light. My two different experiences eachmyself, I was confident the program was right for me. challenged me to think more critically about my opinions and my cultural values.
  30. 30. GAP YEAR PROGRAMS Students on stage with traditional Cambodian dancers with Thinking Beyond Borders. See listing on page 21, ad on inside front cover.i-to-i Volunteeringi-to-i Volunteering has been running incredible volunteerprograms and adventure options since 1994. i-to-is pro-grams are the perfect way to meet new people, immerseyourself in new cultures, and make a difference abroad.Program Location(s): Africa, Asia, Australia,Latin AmericaName: Tom SharpPhone: (800) 985-4852Email: travel@i-to-i.comAddress: 61-63 Chatham Street, 5th Floor,Boston, MA 02109Website: www.i-to-i.comLEAPNOWPhone: (888) 424-5327Address: 11640 Highway 128, Calistoga, CA 94515Website: www.leapnow.orgMap the Gap InternationalPhone: (203) 672-5950Address: P.O. Box 872, Seymour, CT 06483Website: www.mapthegapinternational.comMasa Israel JourneyPhone: (866) 864-3279Address: 633 Third Avenue, 21st Floor,New York, NY 10017Website: www.masaisrael.org
  31. 31. GAP YEAR PROGRAMSSFYI International SchoolPhone: (877) 997-7686 Volunteers For PeaceAddress: 54 Wildwood Lane, Sandpoint, ID 83864 International Voluntary Service for 30 yearsWebsite: www.sfyi.org Offering more than 3,000 affordable projectsTravellers Worldwide in over 100 countries, including the US.Travellers Worldwide offers more than 300 ❖2-week to 1-year service projects.voluntary projects abroad in 21 countries, includingcare and community projects, teaching, sports ❖Custom built projects to meet yourcoaching, conservation, marine, language and cultural, personal or group schedule and interest.drama, dance, and music—with even more experiential ❖$300 Registration for all projects.internships to choose from! ($500 if you are under 18-years old.)Program Location(s): Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Learn more at vfp.org.Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Galapagos, Ghana, India,Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru,South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Zambia, ZimbabweName: Kristin MarucciPhone: (603) 574-4935Email: info@travellersworldwide.com Volunteers For Peace, 7 Kilburn ST Suite 316, Burlington, VT 05401Address: Suite 2A, Caravelle House, 17/19 www.vfp.org ~ 802-540-3060 ~ info@vfp.orgGoring Road, Worthing, SXW BN12 4AP EnglandWebsite: www.travellersworldwide.comWhere There Be DragonsDragons programs are rugged journeys that introducestudents to the distinctly unique qualities of life in gap year abroad language / culture / challengethe developing world. Each carefully crafted programcombines remote travel with homestays, service work,language study, and internships.Program Location(s): Bolivia, Brazil, Burma,Cambodia, China, El Salvador, India, Indonesia,Jordan, Laos, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Deferring collegeRwanda, Senegal, Sikkim, Thailand, Tibet for a semester orName: Chris Yager a year? BridgePhone: (800) 982-9203 the Gap betweenEmail: chris@wheretherebedragons.com high school andAddress: 3200 Carbon Place #102, Boulder, CO 80301Website: www.wheretherebedragons.com college with a Gap Year Abroad program withGap Year Advisor CIEE. Six amazingThe Center for Interim Programs countries and culturesPhone: (609) 683-4300 to choose from!Address: 195 Nassau Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 5,Princeton, NJ 08542Website: www.interimprograms.com w w w. c i e e . o r g / g a p