International Partners

International Partners

Thinking Beyond Borders works with a wide array of partners abroad. These incredible organizations are crucial to ensuring the quality, educational outreach, and recruitment of exceptional students for TBB’s gap year programs.

EIL Ecuador

Gap Year Programs Partners EIL Ecuador

The Experiment in International Living (EIL Ecuador) is a non-profit organization established in Ecuador in 1977 to encourage intercultural exchange among persons of different cultures, religions and ages. By making it possible for persons of different nationalities to live and learn together, we contribute to mutual understanding, respect and peace among peoples of the world.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute

Gap Year Programs International Sustainable Development Studies Instituate Logo

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) began as an initiative of the Center for International Programs at Kalamazoo College. The Institute exists to help develop experiential educational programs with other schools, organizations or groups. In addition to our core semester length program, People Environment and Development, we also host a number of short term (multi-week) study-abroad, service-learning and related programs.


Gap Year Programs Partners Yanapuma Foundation

Yanapuma Foundation is a non-profit foundation in Ecuador, driven by the enthusiasm of its national and international staff and volunteers to work towards the realization of its vision of marginalized communities achieving equity and well-being, ecological, social and economic sustainability, and developing a sense of the uniqueness of their culture and place in the global context.


Gap Year Programs Partners Yunnan Center for Cultural Learning and Development

The Yunnan Center for Cultural Learning and Development (YCCLD), based in Kunming, China, strives to enhance the lives of ethnic minority peoples who live in Southwest China through sustainable and ecologically appropriate development projects, and to promote a greater understanding of the diverse cultures in the region through educational programs for foreign students.


Gap Year Programs Partners IDEX

Indian Network for Development Exchange (Idex) designs and locally supports volunteer and travel programs in India that are educational, culturally immersive, and beneficial to the social development of local communities in need.


Gap Year Programs Partners Willing Workers in South Africa

Willing Workers in South Africa works to meet the needs of the communities of the Bitou Region on the Garden Route of South Africa. As hosts of volunteers from around the world and coordinators of various development projects with partner NGOs in these communities, WWISA aims to be a conduit for delivering the resources and skills necessary for local development.


Gap Year Programs Partners Plettaid Foundation

The Plettaid Foundation is a non-government, not for profit organisation whose goal is to help the numerous communities within the Bitou Municipality of the Western Cape (South Africa) to respond to the crisis caused by HIV and AIDS. It was formed in 2003 as a result of a call for an AIDS forum at a public meeting called by the mayor of Plettenberg Bay to address the needs of the community, which had arisen from the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Kiswar Sustainable Tourism Gap Year Programs PartnerKISWAR Sustainable Tourism fully supports the principles and philosophy of sustainable and responsible travel in order to offer diversified trips to show that it is possible to provide an excellent presentation and quality service. Our trips improve the standard of living of the Quechua and Andean people and create interaction of the Andean communities and our clients, with the aim of decreasing the levels of poverty and protecting the environment.

El Abrazo del Arbol

Gap Year Program Partner Abrazo del ArbolEl Abrazo del Árbol – Farm Eco Lodge is the most cozy and peaceful hotel in Mindo, Ecuador. It is located amongst  14 acres  of tropical rainforest. It has eco trails to the river and to one of the waterfalls that can be seen from the hotel´s balconies. Each corner of the hotel is full of detail that reflect the hosts commitment with eco design. The hotel also plans adventure and eco tourist trips around the area depending on the guests´ needs.

Bodhi Surf

Gap Year Programs Partners Bodhi Surf

At Bodhi Surf you can expect to learn more than how to stand up on a surfboard. Surfing is a unique sport, it requires awareness, an understanding of the ocean, and a certain level of respect for nature. For us at Bodhi Surf S.A., surfing is our way of life and we look forward to sharing as much as possible with you.