Our International Gap Year Programs provide students with unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in small, rural communities through volunteer projects and homestay experiences. Students work with local communities on either a construction based project or a teaching placement.
Our international Gap Year Programs provide students with unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in small, rural communities through volunteer projects and homestay experiences. Students work with local communities on either a construction based project or a teaching placement. This experience is combined with extensive adventure travel to create a fun, meaningful and impactful program.
Exploring, working and traveling with a group of like-minded peers allows Global Routes students to develop life-long friendships, meaningful cross-cultural relationships and a passion for traveling the world off the beaten path!
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Even though it's been several years since my semester with Global Routes in East Africa, I think about it every day. It was the single most formative experience of my life. I not only learned about language and teaching, but I also learned to assert myself, even when the words didn't come very easily. I learned about finding routine abroad, the power of vulnerability and making connections with people, and the value of education. I discovered a drive to succeed and a love for humanity within myself that wildly influenced my choices in the years to come. My leaders were fantastic at guiding me through the inherent challenges of living abroad. Although it was an adjustment to live with a host family and teach in a classroom, I was given all the tools I needed to thrive, and overcoming those challenges was one of the best parts of my experience. I continue to look to my leaders as mentors and feel like I can reach out to the greater Global Routes community for support as I continue on my path. Overall, I was very impressed with Global Routes' pre- and post- program communication as well as with the program itself. I believe that Global Routes offers the greatest and most creditable gap year programs out there!
I can not express how amazing my trip to Costa Rica with Global Routes was. I was looking to go with a reliable organization with an experience that wasn't just "a huge group of American students obnoxiously traveling through a foreign country"- and Global Routes was the perfect fit. My time in Costa Rica was authentic, fun, and unforgettable. Global Routes organized everything so perfectly; our home stay village was located in rural Costa Rica in the mountains and was home to the most amazing people. All of the activities, including the un-planned, spontaneous ones were perfect. I milked cows with my home stay mother in the morning, played soccer with the best players I've ever met, and repelled a waterfall in the rainforest. I made such strong bonds with my home-stay family as well and with the other students in my group. Everyone in our group, including our leaders, grew very close and also grew a lot individually. I personally feel I came back with such a great perspective and attitude on my life. I would highly recommend Global Routes for students who are looking for an amazing, authentic adventure in another country.