Gap Semester

Program Details:
dates: Sep 15 - Dec 13
duration: 90 days
tuition: 13,500*
arrive: San Francisco
depart: San Francisco
*Airfare for group flight from San Francisco additional
Program Highlights:
Build and Install Life-Changing Clean Water Systems in rural Nepal
Work with an NGO that Supports Street Children in the Slums of Kathmandu
Watch the Sun Rise over the World-Renowned Taj Mahal
Settle into Daily Life in a 10-Day Homestay in the India's Mountainous Ladakh Province
Study Sustainable Farming in Rural India
White Water Raft the Headwaters of the Holy Ganges River
Trek the Peaks and Valleys of the Nepal's Annapurna Mountain Range
Travel to the Birthplace of Three of the World's Major Religions

Embark on the journey of a lifetime as we experience the rich cultures, numerous religions, ancient histories, and indefatigable energy of India and Nepal. Venturing to a region rarely touched by outsiders, we set our base for three weeks amidst the Indian Himalayas, joining forces with an NGO working to reform the Ladakhi education system. Welcomed into a homestay, we experience a day in the life of a rural Indian in the 21st century. Trekking through the mystical mountain trails of Annapurna, we test our endurance inspired by the glacial peaks of the Nepali Himalayas. Partnering with an organization providing health care and resources to migrant workers, we study urbanization and public health issues facing a Kathmandu slum. Rising early from our Ashram for morning yoga, we spend our days leading classes on nutrition and facilitating English conversation with eager Indian children. Building clean water filters and sanitary systems in a rural Nepali village, we see the immediate effects of our hard work and know that our efforts will have a lasting impact. After living in and exploring two of the world’s most fascinating regions, we leave our semester with broader perspectives and a new excitement to learn.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that she chose your organization.”
— Parent of Rachel S., Gap Student

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