Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Programs

Gap Year Programs

Take a gap year with purpose.

Students often seek a gap year because they feel burned out. They want meaningful learning, adventure, and to make a difference. Come find your direction by seeking lasting solutions to humanity’s most critical issues.

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Thinking Beyond Borders is a community where young people find their voices and learn to transform our world. Our gap year programs are about more than just travel and service. They combine deep cultural immersion, fieldwork with experts, and an incredible learning environment. There are no grades, no tests, and no essays. Our Program Leaders are there to support and challenge you in learning how to create a more just world.

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Global Gap Year

This incredible two semester program includes living and learning in 6 countries to understand the challenges and solutions to sustainable agriculture, public health, and the environment.

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Asia Gap Semester

An exciting opportunity to live and learn in Thailand, China, and Cambodia. You’ll be immersed in local communities, cultures, and efforts to solve sustainable agriculture and public health challenges. And, you’ll visit the temples of Angkor Wat!

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South America Gap Semester

An incredible chance to live and learn in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. You’ll improve your Spanish while living with families and working alongside leaders addressing issues related to sustainable agriculture and education. And, you’ll trek to Machu Picchu!

The TBB Experience

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Cultural Immersion – Learning about cultures happens when we engage deeply. Each TBB program includes homestays in multiple countries and cultures, providing a new appreciation of diversity and the shared human experience.

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Field-Based Learning – Meaningful learning happens when we confront complex issues and think critically about solutions. TBB programs place students alongside local experts as they work to improve their communities.

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Curriculum Focused on Solutions – Powerful learning is the result of asking critical questions of ourselves and the world. TBB’s curriculum challenges students to process their experiences and identify solutions to critical global issues.

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The Results

Our alumni use their purpose, direction, and experience to create meaningful change in college and beyond. TBB supports our alumni with opportunities like our Alumni Fellowships. Here’s a look at our incredible alumni community.

Silviano Valdez Global Gap Year Programs Alumnus
Silviano started a micro-finance initiative to provide clean water in rural Kenya during college.
Charlotte Robertson TBB gap year programs alumna Charlotte’s social justice writings were published in the Huffington Post during her first year of college.
Emily Ausubel Global Gap Year Programs AlumnaEmily is serving as a Global Health Corps Fellow in Uganda.
Rachel Jordan Global Gap Year Programs AlumnaRachel spent two summers in college studying public health and hospital supply chains in Rwanda.
Sam Porter Global Gap Year Programs AlumSam is working in natural resource management as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

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About Thinking Beyond Borders

Thinking Beyond Borders is a 501c3 non-profit. Founded in 2007, our mission is to empower and inspire students through education to address critical global issues. We are proud to be the very first gap year provider accredited by the American Gap Association. Read more about the leadership Thinking Beyond Borders is bringing to the gap year market in the New York TimesHuffington PostTime MagazineForbesFox BusinessEducation Week, and MSNBC. We also serve as co-presenters of the USA Gap Year Fairs. You can follow TBB on FacebookTwitter, and our blog. You can also read reviews of our programs on
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