- Living with host families
- Fieldwork with local experts
- Academic study
- Language learning
- Independent travel opportunities
Each program group consists of 18 students and 3 Program Leaders. The map shows the full itinerary. Please note: this itinerary is subject to change.
Airfare: $5,500 (costs may vary)
Sept 13th, 2015 – Apr 10th, 2016
Itinerary – 30 weeks:
Orientation in Ecuador – 2 weeks
Unit 1: Ecuador – 5 weeks
Unit 2: Thailand – 6 weeks
Enrichment: Cambodia – 1 week
Unit 3: India – 5 weeks
Enrichment: India – 1 week
Unit 4: South Africa – 5 weeks
Enrichment: South Africa – 1 week
Culmination in Washington, D.C. – 3 weeks
Orientation in Ecuador
You’ll learn to travel with cultural sensitivity, communicate across language barriers, and immerse yourself in a new culture. You’ll complete health and safety training and team building to unite your group. You’ll hold the first discussions of the curriculum and set goals for the year. Explore the cloud forest of Mindo with a hike, canopy tour, and tubing down the river!
Unit 1: Ecuador – Natural Resources & the Environment
The environment and its natural resources are threatened. Your group will explore how production and consumption systems affect the environment. You’ll investigate how industry, agriculture, and cultural conflicts threaten forests and clean water in rural Ecuador. You’ll plant trees that protect the ecosystem and support local farmers. You’ll experience towering peaks of the Andes, equatorial beaches, and the colonial architecture of Quito.
Enrichment: Peru – Trek to Machu Picchu
Unit 2: Thailand – Sustainable Agriculture
Over the past 60 years, the world’s population has tripled. Farmers use technology to increase crop yields, but these often bring pollution, impoverish small farmers, and threaten food safety. You’ll investigate how farmers, government, and businesses cooperate to balance demand for food with the ecosystem in Northern Thailand. You’ll live with a rural farming family to see the path from field to plate.
Enrichment: Cambodia – Angkor Wat
Unit 3: India – Education & Economic Growth
Education is the keystone of development. Your group will explore how education can empower individuals and communities to treat disease, produce goods, and support effective government. You’ll work in education centers for women and children in some of the poorest parts of Jaipur. You’ll visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal and immerse your senses in the rich smells, sounds, and colors of markets and festivals.
Enrichment: India – Udaipur & the Pushkar Camel Trek
Travel to Udaipur and Pushkar on India’s famous railroads. You’ll explore Udaipur’s scenic waterways and beautiful architecture. You’ll visit the Hindu pilgrimage city of Pushkar and camp on a camel trek.
Unit 4: South Africa – Public Health & the AIDS Epidemic
HIV/AIDS is our most critical global health crisis. With deaths in the millions in sub-Saharan Africa, communities face the threat of collapse. You’ll investigate how a country recovering from Apartheid is attempting to address the needs of those infected. You’ll work with home-based caregivers, a nursing center, and clinics. You’ll experience gorgeous coastline, expanses of grassland, and a mix of ethnicities.
Enrichment: South Africa – ADDO Safari
Culmination in the USA
While traveling the world teaches many things, the greatest lessons are those we learn about ourselves. You’ll explore the relationship between the US and the rest of the world. You’ll meet representatives from the World Bank, Congress, and NGOs to discuss international development. You’ll reflect to bring together your learning and experiences into powerful conclusions. You’ll create a Presentation of Learning to raise awareness about critical global issues. You’ll attend the TBB gap year programs graduation and celebrate your accomplishments.
TBB’s programs are different from other gap year options. Follow the link to learn how.