This series of posts provides information for those interested in learning more about gap year programs for students in the United States. Topics here include how and why to choose a gap year program, key issues related to the development of the US gap year market, and perspectives on the relationship between the gap year and higher education.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 / Published in Gap Year Information
Learning on a TBB gap year program is a fusion of fieldwork with experts, deep cultural immersion, and meaningful discussions all backed by a powerful curriculum. Unlike a traditional classroom education, students have the opportunity to engage in a learning environment designed to help them better understand critical global issues, think about solutions they want to see
Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Published in Gap Year Information
first-generation-drop-out-crisis
This is a guest post by Winson Law, a Junior at Middlebury College. As a first-generation college student, Winson participated in college access programming with Rainier Scholars, enrichment with the School for Ethics in Global Leadership and One World Now, and a gap year with Global Citizen Year. Winson created opportunities with MiddCORE and Thinking
Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Published in Gap Year Information
Winson Law First Generation College Student
This is a guest post by Winson Law, a Junior at Middlebury College. As a first-generation college student, Winson participated in college access programming with Rainier Scholars, enrichment with the School for Ethics in Global Leadership and One World Now, and a gap year with Global Citizen Year. Winson created opportunities with MiddCORE and Thinking
Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Published in Gap Year Information
Winson Law First Generation College Student
This is a guest post by Winson Law, a Junior at Middlebury College. As a first-generation college student, Winson participated in college access programming with Rainier Scholars, enrichment with the School for Ethics in Global Leadership and One World Now, and a gap year with Global Citizen Year. Winson created opportunities with MiddCORE and Thinking
Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information
Emma Rockenbeck in India on Global Gap Year
We’re often asked how TBB is different from the other gap year programs available to students. So, here it is: We’re searchers. As students and Program Leaders, we live and work with local experts in communities around the world, seeking understanding of critical global issues and a vision for meaningful solutions to these problems. What does
Thursday, 27 February 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information
Emma Rockenbeck in India on Global Gap Year
This is a guest post from Emma Rockenbeck, a current TBB Global Gap Year student. The video embedded below was taken one day during the education unit of her program.   One of the first times we met above the glass tables in the IDEX basement our program leader Jessie told us something that changed
Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information
The following is a guest blog from Chris Morales, a TBB Program Leader for the Global Gap Year.  I have been asked periodically why we, the sixteen students and three program leaders traveling around the world together as a gap year program, study what we do in the specific countries we find ourselves. In this
Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information
gap-year-programs-mentoring-learning
This is a guest blog post from Amanda Payne, a former TBB Program Leader. She led the Global Gap Year program for 2 years and has now joined our US staff to support student recruitment and programming. “Because TBB does learning in non-traditional settings and places it encourages you to look at every space and
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information
Global Gap Year Program Seminar
This is a guest post from a TBB parent, Laurie Rockenbeck. You can find the original of this post and more of her thoughts at her blog, 1,000 Words a Day. I can go on and on about what we hoped for Emma while she was on her gap year, but I hadn’t really thought
Thursday, 23 January 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information, Impact Assessment
Gap Year Programs Research Uncertain Outcomes
This is the fifth and final post in a series by Andrea Canuel and Robin Pendoley presenting the outcomes of Thinking Beyond Borders’ first impact assessment (here are posts #1, #2, #3, and #4). The outcomes and analysis presented here are written for a broad audience. We’re proud of the impact of our gap year