The Global Leader in Gap Year Programs

Gap Year Programs

Your gap year should be the experience of a lifetime, shaping your future with passion and purpose.

For the last twelve years, Thinking Beyond Borders has set the standard for gap year programs while going beyond to empower students to become lifelong global change makers. We offer the best in experiential learning with the safest and most impactful programs available. Each group is facilitated by the highest quality Program Leaders (think: your cool favorite teacher) who take you out of the classroom to work alongside real experts to solve real-world problems, all while delivering incredible cultural immersion. Your search for a gap year program is over, but your learning journey has just begun.

Global Gap Year

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Our most popular and well-known program with learning and adventure in 7 countries!


Environmental Justice and Sustainability


Guna Yala and Panama City


Education that Empowers


Temples of Angkor Wat


Global Health


Desert Trek



Latin America Gap Semester

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Featuring language learning and immersion, this program is an opportunity that will change you.

Costa Rica

Education the Empowers


Environmental Justice and Sustainability


Cusco and Machu Picchu



What Makes TBB Different?

Our mission (and our passion) is to implement gap year programs that better prepare students for fulfillment in college, career, and life. Each program includes:

Cultural Immersion

Learning about cultures happens when we engage deeply. Each TBB program includes homestays in multiple countries and cultures, providing a new appreciation of diversity and the shared human experience.

Field-Based Learning

Meaningful learning happens when we confront complex issues and think critically about solutions. TBB programs place students alongside local experts as they work to improve their communities.

Solutions-Focused Curriculum

Powerful learning is the result of asking critical questions of ourselves and the world. TBB’s curriculum challenges students to process their experiences and identify solutions to critical global issues.


Success Stories

Global Gap Year Program Reviews

“I feel that it humbled me about how little I knew about the world and assumptions that I had made that didn’t end up being true. I think having a critical eye has been one of the most important things I learned. Also, I think when everyone does things in a different way (on campus) – there is a lot of pressure engaging with different fields – having the strength to say maybe that is not the correct way. The other thing I gained at TBB was perspective. I think it’s very easy to feel stuck in a bubble when you are on a college campus. Everything seems so important. I think that getting to see the world before going on to college has allowed me think critically about what my priorities are, that is, the things that I should be devoting my time to.”

Andrew Kim

Global Gap Year

“After TBB, Lucy went on to her freshman year of college and took classes that were meaningful to her, not just classes that filled a requirement. She finished the year with all A’s and more importantly, she was more engaged with her college classroom experience because of the time spent traveling with TBB. Ultimately, her college experience is more valuable as a result of the gap year with TBB.”

Betsy B., Mother of Lucy

Global Gap Year


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Thinking Beyond Borders
PO Box 102075
Pasadena, CA 91189

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