Gap Year Programs

Latin America Gap Semester

An incredible gap semester program living and learning in Latin America! You’ll become a part of families in two countries and learn Spanish through study and immersion. You’ll also learn how education can empower and how new innovations are creating more sustainable communities. And, you’ll do it all with friends who will be with you for life!

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Program Details

Fall Application Due

July 31

Spring Application Due

Jan 15

Program Length

13 Weeks

Tuition

$13,300

Airfare

$1,750 (costs may vary)

Fall '18 Dates

Sept 10 – Dec 9, 2018

Spring '19 Dates

Feb 11 – May 12, 2019

Group Size

18 students & 3 Program Leaders

Latin America Gap Semester

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Empowerment & Sustainability

Meaningful solutions to challenges facing communities require more than giving to charity or simple volunteer projects. Explore how education can lead to empowerment in Costa Rica and how innovations are making cities more sustainable in Guatemala.

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Unit 1: Environmental & Food Sustainability - Guatemala

As communities around the world adapt to changes in climate, culture and globalization, the question of how to manage natural resources in rural areas is more pressing than ever. Maintaining rural livelihoods, slowing rural depopulation, and harnessing natural resources in a responsible manner are challenges that will determine the development trajectory of many countries. In Guatemala, you’ll live with indigenous families to learn the innovative ways rural people are creating economic opportunity while preserving their environment and culture. You’ll work alongside grassroots organizations to see how they balance the needs of people, profit, and planet in their efforts to increase sustainability. Students spend four weeks in the town of San Juan La Laguna, working alongside a women’s weaving co-operative.

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Enrichment Week: Mayan Ruins & Volcanoes

Guatemala is rich with historical and natural sites to explore, from natural wonders 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).
  • Semuc Champey: Hike into the jungles of Guatemala to visit a collection of tiered pools atop a natural limestone bridge. Enjoy a refreshing swim in its turquoise lakes amidst the lush greenery.
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Unit 2: Education that Empowers - Costa Rica

Education can empower individuals and communities to improve health and create equity and justice. You’ll investigate how governments, nonprofits, and individuals use education to meet the needs of growing communities. Your group will work to provide support to English teachers in public schools to understand education in rural Costa Rica. You’ll live with local families and learn how parents and their children are affected by education. TBB students work in schools in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, alongside teachers in classrooms as teachers’ assistants. Program Leaders provide the students with some basic workshops on classroom management and lesson prep and hold weekly debrief sessions to help students brainstorm approaches for their classrooms.

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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: Environmental & Food Sustainability - Guatemala

Enrichment Week: Mayan Ruins & Volcanoes

Unit 2: Education that Empowers - Costa Rica

Culmination: Washington, D.C.

Latin America Gap Semester Reviews

Success Stories

“Anyone wishing to have a gap year experience that gives them the chance to marvel at the world’s wonders, make a rewarding community service impact, and learn more about oneself should do TBB. It transformed how I see the world, my country, and myself. Now, I feel more fulfilled and know how I want to cultivate a meaningful life as an agent of change.”

Meg Stolberg

Latin America Gap Semester

“I had the most wonderful, enriching, mind-widening, and memorable three months of my life. Not only was I able to dive into new cultures and become parts of 2 wonderful families, but I also learned the importance of asking questions and got inspired by seminars about education and sustainable agriculture. This program definitely covers all spectrums you would want a gap year program to cover and can make your gap year meaningful!”

Pauline Groth

Latin America Gap Semester

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