Meaningful Change Starts Here

The Global Leader in Gap Year Programs


Come find your purpose and direction by seeking lasting solutions to humanity’s most critical issues. TBB offers one and two-semester gap year programs to develop the skills you’ll need to create effective change.


Take a gap year with purpose. Travel, live, and learn with an exceptional group
of peers and program leaders while finding direction for college and life.


TBB programs include homestays in multiple cultures, providing a new appreciation of diversity and the shared human experience.

Safety &

Since 2007, TBB has been designing and running industry leading programs that place safety, quality, and powerful learning as our highest priorities.


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.

Solutions-Focused Curriculum

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.


Thinking Beyond Borders is an educational institution helping students prepare for careers that improve our world. We believe meaningful learning comes from engaging directly with issues affecting people in the real world.

Our programs go beyond just exposure to other cultures. TBB students live within communities, work alongside committed change leaders, develop a deeper understanding of the world, and identify their capacity to create meaningful impact.

TBB’s staff and Program Leaders are professional educators dedicated to providing exceptional learning environments that support student growth. Each team member brings a combination of expertise in international development, education, and organizational leadership.

Our History

Thinking Beyond Borders was founded in 2007 with the mission 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 Gap Year Association.


Read More about the Leadership Thinking Beyond Borders is Bringing to the Gap Year Market

“I had one of the most transformative times of my life on my gap year, and I give most of that credit to Thinking Beyond Borders for even getting me there, for stretching me in all different ways, and for being an incredible support system the whole way through.”

Molly Fox

Global Gap Year 2019
“My gap experience with Thinking Beyond Borders was the best three months of my life which is still impacting me years later. The conversations, experiences, and thoughts I was exposed to during my time in Latin America was a catalyst for my personal and professional growth. My experience made me more confident, gave me a second family in another country (who I visited and stayed with again upon returning to Guatemala this past summer), provided me lifelong friends and mentors, and introduced me to people who were also curious about similar issues and wanted to ask difficult questions."

James Geraghty

Spring Latin America Gap Semester 2018

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tel. (203) 993-0236

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Thinking Beyond Borders
PO Box 102075
Pasadena, CA 91189

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