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 Hindi 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




$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 to use traditional farming methods to make agriculture more sustainable in Thailand. Explore how modern and traditional approaches to education can help and hinder individuals in India.



Unit 1: Sustainable Food Systems – Thailand

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 Northern Thailand, you’ll investigate how farmers, government, and businesses blend modern and traditional methods to make agriculture more sustainable. The unit includes: Upland Holistic Development Project, where students stay at UHDP’s Small Farm and Agroforestry Resource Center where they receive hands on training in sustainable agriculture and permaculture techniques, and Village Homestay & Farming, where students live with host families in a small farming village. They work with host families in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to take their families’ produce to market and visit other agricultural projects.



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: Education that Empowers in India

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 education centers for women and children in some of the poorest parts of Delhi and Dharamsala. You’ll visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal and immerse your senses in the rich smells, sounds, and colors of markets and festivals. In the Education for Women & Children in Dharamsala unit, students work in local schools and children’s clubs to support community education initiatives.



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: Education that Empowers in 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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C/O Pure Nomad, Inc.
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Pasadena, CA 91189

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