Gap Year Programs

Global Gap Year

This unparalleled adventure is TBB’s signature gap year program. You’ll live, explore, and learn in six countries with friends who’ll be with you for life. This is the ultimate gap year program if you want to make the most of your gap year and learn to create meaningful change in the world.

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Program Details

Application Due

July 31

Program Length

7 Months

Tuition

$31,500

Airfare

$5,000 (costs may vary)

Dates

Sept 10, ’18 – Mar 23, ’19

Group Size

18 students & 3 Program Leaders

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Food Systems, Public Health, & the Environment

It takes holistic knowledge and experience to resolve global issues. This program explores how sustainable practices can protect food and the environment, how education can truly empower, and how public health is the foundation for development.

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Unit 1: Food & Sustainability - Guatemala

It takes holistic knowledge and experience to resolve global issues. This program explores how public health is the foundation for development, how education can truly empower, and how sustainable environmental practices can protect food supplies. This unit includes: Waste Management in Guatemala City, where students work alongside local organizations working to protect inhabitants from the harmful effects of pollution and waste, and Food Sustainability in Tecpán, where students work on small plots with farming families seeking to bring healthy and sustainable practices to their region.

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Enrichment Week: Mayan Ruins & Volcanoes

Guatemala is rich with historical and natural sites to explore, from the 37 volcanoes that are dotted around the country to the majestic Mayan ruins in Tikal.

  • Mayan Ruins in Tikal: Travel north to the ancient temples and pathways of Tikal, the best preserved Mayan city in Guatemala (and one of the most impressive in the world).
  • Pacaya Volcano: Breathtaking views all around as you hike the rugged terrain of this massive volcano. Your sweet reward at the top: toasting marshmallows in the active lava.
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Unit 2: 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 education centers in rural communities. You’ll visit breathtaking Buddhist temples and immerse your senses in the rich smells, sounds, and colors of markets and festivals.

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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.
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Unit 3: Public Health – Ghana

Effective Public Health systems require education, sanitation infrastructure, and access to medical services. You’ll work in the beautiful Volta region alongside local professionals to improve community health conditions while reflecting on how resources, culture, and social structures affect these efforts. This unit includes: Working in Clinic, where students are placed in multiple community clinics to support nurses and provide administrative support, in partnership with the government health department, and Public Health Outreach, where students partner with community health workers to assist in the creation of materials for outreach workshops around hygiene, maternal health, and malaria prevention.

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Enrichment Week: Desert Nomads & Culture

Morocco offers a rich cultural history and present. You’ll explore sacred sites for the Muslims of the nation, and see and smell the incredible markets of the towns and cities. Cap it with a camel trek through the desert, and it’s an amazing adventure!

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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: Food & Sustainability - Guatemala

Enrichment Week: Mayan Ruins & Volcanoes

Unit 2: Education that Empowers – Thailand

Enrichment Week: Temples of Angkor Wat

Unit 3: Public Health – Ghana

Enrichment Week: Desert Nomads & Culture

Culmination: Washington, D.C.

Global Gap Year Program Reviews

Success Stories

“I felt much more prepared and invested in my college courses than many of my peers. TBB taught me to take an active role in my education and to be an advocate for myself. I was able to relate to the information on a much more practical, realistic level. I sought out classes that had a reputation for being more focused on student-involvement and steered away from larger, lecture style-courses. This is a bit of advice that I would pass on to anyone entering college as it’s by far the best way to feel comfortable with and fully understand the relevance of the information being taught, as well as becoming more confident in yourself.”

Shawn Childs

Global Gap Year

“Shawn’s priorities in college are much more focused than most college freshmen’s. She met with advisors repeatedly to pinpoint the most efficient path to achieving her major and minors all within 3 1/2 years.”

Janet Childs, Mother of Shawn

Global Gap Year

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