Gap Year Programs

Thinking beyond borders this is a phrase to encourage people to step outside of their city, state and countries and to explore the world around them and learn from another cultures. One of the ways to do this is through a gap year.

One of the best kept secrets when it comes to international travel is a gap year program. This is a year taken by generally between the end of high school and beginning of college, where students stop their formal academic studies to engage in advanced academic courses, internships, language studies or volunteer work.

This is a great way to improve an individual in their knowledge, self-esteem, confidence, leadership, maturity, and independence. As an advantage, it adds a glow to their resumes when applying for college.

Thinking beyond borders is also the name of a well known gap year program. As the first organization to be accredited by the American Gap Association they are the most reputable. Their flagship programs offer semesters in South America, China, Southeast Asia, and a double semester program around the world. For more information about TBB visit 

Other organizations that offer gap year programs are listed below:
Pacific Discovery
Amigos de las Américas
CIEE Gap Year Abroad
Adventures Cross-Country