Take a gap year with purpose.

Students often seek a gap year because they feel burned out. They want meaningful learning, adventure, and to make a difference. Come find your direction by seeking lasting solutions to humanity’s most critical issues.

Explore Our Gap Year Programs

Thinking Beyond Borders is a community where young people find their voices and learn to transform our world. Our gap year programs are about more than just travel and service. They combine deep cultural immersion, fieldwork with experts, and engaging readings and discussions to create an incredible learning environment. There are no grades, no tests, and no essays. Our Program Leaders are there to support and challenge you in becoming who you want to be.

Each of our programs combines:

  • Cultural immersion through multiple homestays
  • Meaningful field-based learning backed by an exciting curriculum
  • Language learning through daily instruction and/or immersion
  • Adventure with independent travel and group exploration of world heritage sites



About Thinking Beyond Borders

Thinking Beyond Borders is a 501c3 non-profit. Founded in 2007, our mission is to empower and inspire students through education to address critical global issues. Read more about the leadership Thinking Beyond Borders is bringing to the gap year market in the New York TimesHuffington PostTime MagazineForbesFox BusinessEducation Week, and MSNBC. We are proud to be the very first gap year provider accredited by the American Gap Association. We also serve as co-presenters of the USA Gap Year Fairs and creators of Gap Year Advisor. You can follow TBB on FacebookTwitter, and our blog.