Gap Year Information

This series of posts provides gap year 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.

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
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information, Impact Assessment
Gap Year Programs Research Capacity as Learners
This is the fourth post in a series by Andrea Canuel and Robin Pendoley presenting the outcomes of Thinking Beyond Borders’ impact assessment (here are posts #1, #2, and #3). The outcomes and analysis presented here are written for a broad audience.  Our third major area of impact is in developing the learning capacity of
Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information, Impact Assessment
Gap Year Programs Research Higher Order Empathy
This is the third post in a series by Andrea Canuel and Robin Pendoley presenting the outcomes of Thinking Beyond Borders’ impact assessment (here are posts #1 and #2). The outcomes and analysis presented here are written for a broad audience. Our second major area of impact is the development of higher order empathy in
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Published in Gap Year Information, Impact Assessment
Gap Year Programs Research Purpose and Direction
This is the second post in a series by Andrea Canuel and Robin Pendoley presenting the outcomes of Thinking Beyond Borders’ (TBB) impact assessment (here is post #1). The outcomes and analysis presented here are written for a broad audience.  The development of purpose and direction is the strongest area of growth for TBB students.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Published in Gap Year Information
american gap association gap year certification
This fall, Thinking Beyond Borders became the first gap year provider to be accredited by the new American Gap Association (AGA). We are exceedingly proud of this recognition of our long standing commitment to program safety and quality. The accreditation is the result of a rigorous review of our programs and operations, including a 53 page assessment
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 / Published in Gap Year Information
Robin Pendoley Thinking Beyond Borders Founder
Thinking Beyond Borders has made San Francisco its new home. The SF social sector is vibrant, innovative, and focused on equity and justice. We couldn’t imagine a better or more supportive community for TBB. To celebrate our landing in SF and introduce our work, we hosted our TBB Launch Party at The Hub SF on
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Published in Gap Year Information
TBB’s first class of Global Gap Year students graduated in May 2009. They were an impressive group when they joined and helped initiate TBB’s gap year programs, many having convinced their parents that this ambitious new program was a good investment. Over the course of their two semesters in the program, they helped shape the
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Published in Gap Year Information
Thinking Beyond Borders Alumni Opportunity Collaboration Fellows
Thinking Beyond Borders’ first alumni fellowship was a great success. As mentioned in a previous post, TBB has partnered with Opportunity Collaboration, a premiere global poverty conference hosted in Ixtapa, Mexico, to create the TBB Alumni Opportunity Collaboration Fellowship. Seven TBB alumni from our gap year programs attended the conference as full Delegates, participating in a
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Published in Gap Year Information
Thinking Beyond Borders Alumni Opportunity Collaboration Fellows
We’re thrilled to announce that TBB has formed a partnership with the Opportunity Collaboration, an annual global poverty conference, to create the TBB/Opportunity Collaboration Fellowship. Hosted in Ixtapa, Mexico, this event brings together founders and executives from throughout the anti-poverty sector for highly engaging and productive sessions. Known for its unorthodox design, this “unconference” challenges
Gap Year Programs Thinking Beyond Borders FAQ
In response to my last post “Bringing Purpose to Higher Education,” a reader posted a comment highlighting a key concern that is central to most students: money. Study abroad programs generally are expensive. They are particularly expensive when they come in the form of gap years, as this is an addition to the cost of