Accredited by the Gap Year Association, our Gap Programs focus on service, leadership, and cultural humility. 

Accredited by the Gap Year Association, our Gap Programs provide unparalleled cultural immersion and leadership experiences for high school graduates.

Gap Semester in Costa Rica
Explore Costa Rica’s natural beauty while learning about environmental conservation initiatives and community adaptation to climate change in the Perez Zeledon region. Surrounded by lush green plants and the chattering of tropical birds, take part in hands-on volunteering at a nature reserve. You’ll get training in leadership, Spanish, cultural humility, design thinking, and project management as you develop a service project to carry out once you return home. Marvel at the biodiversity and landscapes while you take group excursions around the region!


Gap Semester in Colorado
What does it mean to be a conservationist in the west? Explore Colorado with other students in your pod. Meet environmental activists, land managers, and local officials who play a part in protecting the environment in the Centennial State. Dive deep into the ethics and practice of conservationism from permaculture to wolf reintroduction. Take part in outdoor activities like fly fishing, snowshoeing, hiking, and soak up the natural beauty around you while rafting.


Gap Semester in Ecuador
Explore the highlands around Cuenca, Ecuador, and dive deep into food security and justice in rural indigenous farming communities! Discover how Ecuadorian agriculture is based on ancestral cultures, specifically regarding the importance of superfoods and indigenous medicine. Meet local leaders, food producers, and youth making an impact on food systems in the region.

Cost and Session Information

All in-person expenses are covered, including:

-Accommodation, including excursions
-Three meals per day
-Private group transportation throughout the entire program
-Spanish language classes (Costa Rica and Ecuador)
-Medical supplies like hand sanitizer, masks, and cleaning products
-Entrance fees at sites we visit
-24/7 On-Call Safety System

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