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    Carpe Diem Education | Latitudes Gap Year: Group Semester + Independent Semester

    Carpe Diem Education | Latitudes Gap Year: Group Semester + Independent Semester


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: Argentina, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, Vietnam, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Galapagos Islands, Malawi
    • Credit Awarded: College
    • Program Length: Academic Year
    • Start Month: September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Cabins, Dorm, Homestay, Hotel, Other, Tents, Student Apartment
    • Application Fee: $125
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Other, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: > $20,000
    • Call: (877) 285-1808
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    An immersive gap year experience combining a group travel semester and an individual volunteer placement, Latitudes Year is the full year option for students who want to go deeper in their independent travel journey. As a Latitudes Year student, you’ll spend your first semester traveling on one of our group semesters. During your second semester, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your educational experience with an independent volunteer placement.

    You’ll work with a specific organization and community that reflects your unique interests and develop meaningful relationships with your host community. Along the way, you’ll develop confidence, independence, and enrich your world view. Previous placements have included scuba certification while protecting coral reefs in Southern Thailand, working with wildlife in Belize, or participating in conservation efforts in Central America. Carpe Diem’s experienced coordinator works with you to develop a unique program to match your goals.

    • 1st Semester: Join a group semester in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, South America, Central America, Hawai'i, or India & Nepal
    • 2nd Semester: Work with our coordinator to craft a Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP) in a region of the world that reflects your goals and interests
    • Contribute wholeheartedly: Dive in deeper on a topic that interests you and learn by doing as you contribute to a new community in the field of your choice
    • Become an experienced traveler: Develop your travel skills during your first semester, guided by your peers and Overseas Educators
    • Uniquely crafted for you: As an independent traveler, build meaningful relationships with your host community, gain independence, and expand your cultural awareness through immersive experiences

    Cost and Session Information

    Price Details
    Price varies depending on the region you select for your first and second semester. Latitudes Year can range from $24,575 - $29,275. Program tuition includes a virtual orientation prior to departure, 1-on-1 mentorship from the Latitudes Year Coordinator, a customized Focused Volunteer Placement, a $3100 FVP stipend towards your second-semester meals, accommodations, scheduled program activities, access to a full year of college credits, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare and spending money are extra. International airfare is estimated at $3,400 - $5,600 for the year.

    Earn up to $5000 per year in scholarship funding from Carpe Diem Education. Payment plans are also available. 

    What's Included
    Airport Transfers 
    Travel Insurance

    What's Not Included


    • My gap year with Carpe Diem changed my life in more ways than I thought possible. My semester in India was definitely my favorite part and it impacted me the most. India is an amazing place with so much to offer. The program for the India semester really pushes you outside of your comfort zone, makes you content with the world around you, yourself, and others that are very different from you, and changes your perspective on just about everything. The volunteer work we did there was incredible, each location we went to was amazing, and all the activities we did will forever be memories I cherish. I miss my trip there so much! My volunteer placement in Ollantaytambo, Peru was good too. It was not the best fit for me in terms of the work I was doing, but that was not Carpe Diem's fault. While I would definitely recommend going through Carpe Diem Education, I do not think I would recommend volunteering with Awamaki in Peru unless you are looking for computer work. My experience in Peru was still amazing, however. I got to work with indigenous Andean women, hiked and live in the Andes, make amazing friends, gain a lot of independence and confidence in myself, take weekend trips to the Amazon, Cusco, and other locations, and do a ten day trek in the most beautiful place on Earth. I don't think I would repeat my time in Peru with Awamaki, but Peru is definitely a great place to go. Carpe Diem's programs are set up in an amazing way to get you the most cultural immersion, exposure to different views and lives, work toward your own personal goals, and allow you to grow as an individual separate from societal pressures. Their organization is designed to make you more independent, responsible, brave, and open-minded. Choosing Carpe Diem was the best decision I have ever made.

      - Emily - September 10, 2019
    • We read often of the benefits of gap years, how they are life-changing, prepare young adults for college, and often termed "the best year ever." While these claims hold much legitimacy, few programs can unequivocally fulfill all of them; that is, except Carpe Diem Education. I was lucky enough to find Carpe Diem for the year after my high school graduation, 2010-2011, and can to this day stand by them as indisputably the best gap year program internationally. I could never imagine how my life would appear today had I not participated in the Latitudes Program, spending one full semester in Central America on a group trip and another semester on an independent internship in Ecuador. I gained essential skills in organization, writing, budgeting, and leadership; I tackled fears head-on while cultivating an insatiable curiosity; I grew more confident in my abilities scholastically and personally; I became completely fluent in another language equivalent to the level of my mother tongue; I created life-long friendships with other participants and locals to this day. Carpe Diem stood by me, answering my plethora of questions before the trip, appeasing my nervous mother during the trip, and accommodating me to practice my religious observances as a modern-orthodox Jew throughout the program. The coordinators supported me in arranging my internship placement, while simultaneously giving me enough space to be independent too. My trip leaders on the group trip were inspiring, confronting, and were the catalysts toward driving the personal developments of participants as we all pushed our comfort zone together with volunteer work that included arduous physical labor, language school, teaching English, and working with wildlife. My independent internship at an Inca ruin Hacienda gave me ample opportunity to dabble into a variety of fields, including farming, local cooking, horseback riding, translating, writing, and being a tour guide to hone my interests for my future career and quench my diverse interests. Carpe Diem pushed me emotionally and physically every day to find comfort through discomfort, to understand and be proactive in my surroundings, and to cultivate empathy. I was also able to earn college credit through Portland State University (PSU), which was an incredible opportunity considering that at the time of my gap year, I was unsure where I would attend school. Today, I have finished a degree from an ivy-league institution, consider myself a world traveler (whatever that really means), and am confident in following where the wind blows for my next steps. And for my accomplishments, strengths, attitude, determination, courage, and drive, I will forever be indebted to Carpe Diem. If you want a program that will open you up and allow you to carve out who you hope to be, to gain inspiration for your future, to truly make a difference, to build life-long relationships, and to push your comfort zone, look no further, because you've arrived at the best possible place.

      - Shay - June 16, 2016