Monday, 25 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
If you missed the first blogs of our series, Behind the Scenes of TBB Curriculum, we encourage you to go back and read them both: #1 Environmental Sustainability #2 Education We will now explore Thinking Beyond Borders’ third curricular unit on Public Health.  TBB’s Global Gap Year Program is the only program which offers this
Thursday, 21 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
The Value of TBB By: Marion Herring (TBB Parent Alumni for Global Gap Year 19-20)   Molly grew up as an incredibly independent and driven child.  She was always determined to make her own way, and she defined this way with her own conscience and ideals.  She aggressively competed in the classroom, on the volleyball
Saturday, 16 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
If you missed the first blog of our series, Behind the Scenes of TBB Curriculum, we encourage you to go back and read it here. We will now explore the second unit in Thinking Beyond Borders’ curriculum, the Education Unit.  While structured similarly to other TBB curriculums, this unit stands out to many students who
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
A Gap Year… What is it? Who takes them? How do you find the right program to fit your needs and goals? What should you expect out of a gap year? What are the right questions to ask perspective programs? Thinking Beyond Borders’ Director of Outreach, Isaac Galef-Brown, shares the tips and tricks to learn
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
Thinking Beyond Borders curriculum offers units on three different areas of study throughout our gap year programs: Education, Public Health and the Environment.  The breadth of these subjects means that every single human being on earth will interact with them in some way over their lifetime, but that breadth also means they are vehicles through
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
At Thinking Beyond Borders, we’ve spent 12 years cultivating rigorous learning environments that push our students to engage with the world and ourselves in new ways.  That space was originally created outside of formal education because it is our belief that a truly student-centered learning experience cannot be detached or isolated from the real world. 
Monday, 21 October 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
“What do universities think about taking a gap year?” I routinely hear this question when speaking with students, parents, guidance counselors and advisors alike. The question reflects an underlying sense of nervousness which many people feel about stepping off of the “conveyor belt” approach to education, in which students progress directly and immediately from one
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
When I sat down to write this blog about my experience on the Latin American gap semester two years ago with Thinking Beyond Borders, I wrote drafts on top of drafts. I wrote about how amazing the seminars are that challenged my preconceived notions. I wrote about how my trip inspired me to change my
Monday, 30 September 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
The 19/20 Global Gap Year, a wonderful group of 10 students,  embarked on September 15th to begin their 7 month journey! They have just completed their first 2 weeks of orientation in San Juan, Guatemala. During orientation the group attended Spanish lessons hosted by a local language school. In the afternoons, Program Leaders lead seminars discussing
Monday, 23 September 2019 / Published in Uncategorized
Meet James, an alumni of our Latin America Spring Gap Semester 2018!  James is now attending the University of Richmond, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and Economics. How has your gap experience influenced/contributed to your academic and professional goals? My gap experience taught me that I should strive to be my