Global Gap Year

Global Gap Year Program Student China

Explore the challenges and solutions to critical global issues in communities around the world. This unparalleled two-semester gap year program includes:

  • 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.

Program Overview

Global Gap Year Program Map

Applications Due: June 30th, 2016
Tuition: $31,000
Airfare: $5,000 (costs may vary)
Dates: Sept 12th, 2016 – Mar 26th, 2017
Itinerary – 7 months:
Orientation in Ecuador – 2 weeks
Unit 1: Ecuador – 7 weeks
Enrichment: Peru – 1 week
Unit 2: Thailand – 7 weeks
Enrichment: Cambodia – 1 week
Unit 3: South Africa – 7 weeks
Enrichment: South Africa – 1 week
Culmination in Washington, D.C. – 3 weeks


Orientation in Ecuador

Global Gap Year Program OrientationYou’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

Global Gap Year Programs Ecuador EnvironmentThe 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

Global Gap Year Programs Machu PicchuTravel to Peru and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Throughout the incredible four-day trek, your guide will describe the Incan Empire and its mysteries.

Unit 2: Thailand – Sustainable Agriculture

Global Gap Year Programs Thailand Sustainable AgricultureOver 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

Global Gap Year Programs Cambodia Angkor WatTravel to Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat. You’ll explore the incredible Khmer temples at Angkor Wat and tour the powerful museums of the country’s history in Phnom Penh.

Unit 3: South Africa – Public Health & the AIDS Epidemic

Global Gap Year Programs South Africa Public HealthHIV/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

Global Gap Year Programs South Africa SafariTravel to Addo National Park for a safari. You’ll cruise in the safety of a vehicle to witness un-caged elephant, lion, antelope, and giraffe. You’ll photograph baboons under the baobab tree.

Culmination in the USA

Global Gap Year Programs Washington DCWhile 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.

Read Our Student Blogs:
Alexandra D., TBB 2009, NYU Class of 2013
Mary B., TBB 2011, Tulane University Class of 2015

TBB’s programs are different from other gap year options. Follow the link to learn how.

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