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Volunteer.
Make an Impact.

Begin your Gap Year experience living abroad and volunteering in one of five exciting countries: India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru or Tanzania. Explore the world around you and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.


Choose your destination

Spend the first ten weeks of Gap Year immersed in a new culture and environment. It’s more than an opportunity to travel – you’ll get to see the world from someone else’s point-of-view, do meaningful volunteer work, and discover more about yourself in the process.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a tropical island paradise with white sand beaches, rice paddies, coral reefs, lush jungle, and volcanic mountains. Fellows will stay in a small remote fishing village where they will interact with the local community and culture daily in their volunteer activities. In their free time, fellows can make the most of the warm weather, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle by exploring ancient temples, taking a yoga class, or hiking waterfalls.
Explore Bali, Indonesia

Merida, Mexico

Mérida is not only the starting point of a series of journeys into Yucatán and its archaeological treasures, but a thriving town with plenty of good eats, bustling markets, music, dance, peaceful streets, and parks. Mérida offers a small, safe community setting with a wide range of volunteer work available. The program is great for both those who already know some Spanish and for those looking to improve their language ability.
Explore Merida, Mexico

Dharamsala, India

Perched in the misty highlands beneath the Himalayas, Dharamsala is a market town, lush farmland, and spiritual retreat all in one. The area is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama lives in the next town over. In contrast to the bustle and crowds of most Indian cities, Dharamsala serves as a serene retreat where fellows can meditate, practice yoga, and make a difference in the community while exploring northern India.
Explore Dharamsala, India

Moshi, Tanzania

Sitting in the shadow of Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small, clean, and vibrant market town. Tanzania's natural beauty is easily accessible from Moshi, and fellows can go on safaris, visit nearby national parks, go mountain climbing, or check out the local hot springs and waterfalls. The city itself is low-key and provides a safe environment to volunteer with locals from the Maasai and Chagga tribes.
Explore Moshi, Tanzania

Huanchaco, Peru

Huanchaco is a quaint and relaxed beach town on the coast of northern Peru with a history dating back to the original civilizations of South America. Once the home to indigenous fishermen, it is now an World Surfing Reserve known for its traditional reed fishing boats, surfing, and ceviche. The surrounding area is still in need of much development and fellows can assist in underserved educational and environmental projects.
Explore Huanchaco, Peru

Curriculum

Voyage is an immersive service learning experience where you’ll have the opportunity to help others, expand your knowledge, and grow as a citizen of the world. Your coach will guide you through the process, helping you examine and reflect on your journey.

Social Impact

Have a meaningful impact on a population and community in need. Work alongside other volunteers to make a positive change in the world. Whether you teach English, care for orphans, contribute to a social cause, or build houses, your volunteer work will greatly benefit the people around you.

Independence

Have the freedom to direct your own life and learning. Your journey of self-directed learning will offer a whole new level of independence, but with that comes responsibility. Make the most of your free time abroad to experience local life and explore your surroundings while staying on top of your goals.

Community

Be a part of and engage with a new community. You will be fully immersed in several new communities: the city where you live, the placement where you volunteer, and the house where you stay. Get to know your neighbors, find a sense of belonging, and form lasting relationships.

Adaptability

Survive in a new environment. Living in a new country and culture where people speak another language and eat different foods is challenging. From grocery shopping to bartering for a taxi, you will learn how to communicate effectively, solve problems, and be flexible – while outside your comfort zone.

Empathy

Increase your awareness and respect for people different from yourself. You will meet locals, volunteers, and travelers from around the world – all with different traditions, value systems, and ways of life. Expand your appreciation for various cultures and peoples of the world and find value and beauty in the differences.

Reflection

Observe and reflect on your experiences. During Voyage, your coach will guide you through a series of exercises to help you process what you’re observing and experiencing abroad. These reflections on your life and the world around you will help guide you through Launch and beyond.

What Fellows Think...

Don't take it from us – Voyage is a powerful experience.
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