Gap Year Programs

Asia Gap Semester

This is an amazing gap semester program living and learning in Asia! You’ll become a part of families in two countries and learn Thai and Kannada through study and immersion. You’ll also learn how sustainable agriculture and education can be used to create meaningful change. And, you’ll do it all with friends who will be with you for life!



Program Details

Application Due

July 31

Program Length

13 Weeks

Tuition (until July 31st!)



$2,100 (costs may vary)


Sept 10 – Dec 9, 2018

Group Size

18 students & 3 Program Leaders

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Food Security & Education

The solutions to our greatest challenges can be found in both traditional and modern practices. Learn about using traditional farming methods to make agriculture more sustainable in India. Explore what an empowering education means. Experience school from a Thai perspective as teachers’ assistants in classrooms in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the world.



Unit 1: Education that Empowers – Thailand

Education is the keystone of development. You’ll explore how education empowers communities to improve health, support gender equity, and foster justice. You’ll work in public schools as teachers’ assistants in the township of Nan. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the way Thai teachers approach their art in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places in the world.



Enrichment Week: Temples of Angkor Wat

Cambodia offers students the stark contrast of getting to see both some of the world’s most spiritual sites and some of the places where histories largest crimes against humanity occurred.

  • Siem Reap & Angkor Wat: Students will visit the magnificent Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. See the “Temple City” at dawn to witness the spectacular sunrise over the temples.
  • Phnom Penh & The Killing Fields: Students visit Cambodia’s capital to reflect on the powerful landmarks related to the Cambodian Genocide, learn how this part of the country’s history came to be, and how it affects communities today.


Unit 2: Sustainable Food Systems - India

The global population has tripled in the last 60 years, straining one of our most important resources – food. You’ll learn how modern technology can increase crop yields but can also create pollution, impoverish small farmers, and threaten food safety. By living and working with rural farming families in Southern India, you’ll investigate how farmers, government, and businesses blend modern and traditional methods to make agriculture more sustainable.  Spend four mornings a week working alongside your host family on their farms and one morning each week learning at a community training center and working on an initiative to proliferate water catchment systems in the area.



Culmination: Washington, D.C.

There is no city in the world with more people working to create change than Washington, DC. You’ll meet representatives from the World Bank, UN Foundation, and leading international organizations to discuss how we can create more empowered and sustainable communities.
In the final days, students will work to create a final project – a presentation culminating their experiences. At the end, we will host a graduation for you and your families to attend to celebrate your year’s accomplishments.

Unit 1: Sustainable Food Systems – Thailand

Enrichment Week: Temples of Angkor Wat

Unit 2: Sustainable Food Systems - India

Culmination: Washington, D.C.

Asia Gap Semester Program Reviews

Success Stories

“I participated on Thinking Beyond Border’s Asia Gap Semester program. From the most empowering leaders, to the most amazing experiences, to learning and broadening my perspective of the world, I have nothing but absolutely incredible things to say about this program. I learned how to think more critically about everything in my life, and I formed relationships that will last forever. If you are thinking of participating in a Thinking Beyond Borders program, you definitely should, it will change your life for the better in so many ways.”

Mary Hill Brooks

Asia Gap Semester

“It’s difficult to put my TBB experience into words, but I’ll start off by saying it was (as cliche as it sounds) amazing. I felt that I was constantly being challenged to step out of my comfort zone and think in new ways, and as a result, I feel that I grew enormously over the course of the trip. After studying development, sustainable agriculture, and education in depth, I think I am far more prepared to play the role of an active, responsible, and compassionate global citizen. My parents and I agree that this was a very wise investment in my overall education. I can’t imagine not having done this program.”

Lauren Bredar

Asia Gap Semester


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