On the Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program, you will travel the world, visiting 10 countries over 9 months while you earn college credit. You’ll try new things, meet different people, see amazing sights. As you end your journey, your most important discoveries may be about yourself.
If you want to try it all, our Gap Year program is perfect for you. You'll be in a new place every week, learning a new skill. You will learn how to make meals from scratch. Launch a business. Learn to tell stories digitally. Build a robot. Get SCUBA certified. And so much more.
In our Global Skills Gap Year program, you can stay on track for college, career, and life. You will be challenged, you’ll get sweaty, you’ll work hard. And at the end of your journey, you will be prepared for life.
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN
Your gap year begins with a fun orientation that will help you get to know your fellow travelers, set goals and learn to work as a team.
It will be challenging. It will be exhilarating. And you’ll emerge with a new set of skills and a confidence you never dreamed possible. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
Hone your hiking, navigation, and camping skills in with our partner NOLS.
Plan your journey. Throughout the program, you’ll explore every facet of your identity, and discover more about who you really are, and how you want to live your life.
LIVING IN OUR WORLD
We all engage with our planet and environment every day. But during this time, your relationship with the Earth will change. You will experience its natural diversity, marvel at its beauty, learn to respect its might. You will travel from cities to tropical environments and from the ocean to lush bamboo groves. You will explore parts of the world that others may never see. You will thrill to the adventures it offers. And rise to its challenges. All in some of the most unspoiled places anywhere in the world. While in Costa Rica, you’ll practice living responsibly in the tropics by participating hands-on in its working systems.
The First Trimester concludes with a one-week self-selected activity that includes a home stay with a local host. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn and love in this unique and beautiful area of the world.
Are you a learner, a problem solver, an adventurer, and a creator? Learn to be the best version of yourself.
You’ll have the chance to choose your own adventure and independently explore your interests focusing on anything from organic coffee production to nature tours in the Cloud Forest orGIS mapping.
Spend time on the water, in the water, and near the water. Sea kayaking, swimming, and studying tropical species.
CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES
“Culture” includes all the things that make us human – art, language, cooking, customs, knowledge, laws, religion, clothing. In Asia, you will explore human society, community, and commerce. You will discover how people live together in rural and urban settings, in great wealth and crushing poverty. And you will explore regional culinary arts and master self-care. All on the world’s largest continent, all through a cultural lens of spectacular diversity.
You will learn hands-on how to cook with Thai spices such as lemongrass, coriander, and kaffir lime.
Master the art of conflict resolution and self-care.
BUILDING YOUR FUTURE
You’ve experienced the natural world, you’ve witnessed the diversity of human culture. Now you will turn inward – to personal development and life skills, designed to give you a foundation for the life you want. Explore art and design, technology, business, manual skills and personal expression. Build. Create. Innovate. Be a gracious host. Drive defensively. Know how to handle conflict. And then wrap it all up with a final Independent Study Project that you design, plan, and complete. From here, you can go anywhere.
Make masks, and get an introduction to glass blowing in Venice.
Learn control, safety, and emergency braking from experts at the BMW Driving Experience in Germany.
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Winterline has helped me a great deal with my confidence and my independence. I can now stand in a room full of people without feeling lost and insecure every time I don't contribute to a conversation. Learning is about making mistakes and Winterline has taught me to take risks and learn from the mistakes made and move forward to greater achievements.
Where do I even start? As hard as I tried to reject it, Winterline changed me. I embarked on the trip thinking it would be nine months to simply explore and experience what the world has to offer. And while that may have been the outline of the year, it wasn't the primary outcome. I found a personal purpose during this journey that very unexpectedly crept up on me as time went on. Yes, you see the sights of the world and immerse in cultures you could only dream of. You form relationships with strangers who turn out to be the only other people on this planet who will ever know what this nine months meant. But most importantly, you form a relationship with yourself that you never knew you needed. Bottom line, even if you're as stubborn as I am, this program will change you.
“I chose Winterline because it offers something vastly different from the other gap year programs, the “skills” aspect. I really wanted a gap year that would expose me to tons of different things and Winterline will do just that.”