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.
“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
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
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
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
Meet Clara, an alumna of our Latin America Spring Gap Semester 2019! After her semester with Thinking Beyond Borders, Clara is attending the University in Weimar, Germany, this fall and planning to get her degree in urbanism. Continue reading for her full interview. If you’d like to speak with an alumni of our programs, reach
What roles have you taken on at TBB? What is your current position? I first joined Thinking Beyond Borders in August 2017 as a Program Leader for the Latin America Gap Semester program. That year I led both the fall and spring semester trips. The following year I returned to lead the longer Global Gap
Zach Shapiro is an alumni of our Global Gap Year 18/19 and is attending Ohio State University this Fall. Thanks for sharing your experience, Zach! As I prepare to move in to my freshman year dorm at Ohio State University next week, I have been feeling so many emotions. Excitement, anticipation, and a dash of