Spring Gap Programs
Five Incredible Gap Semesters Close to Home!
With the state of the world, and so many college plans still in flux this spring, we are doing our very best to provide educational opportunities for growth and discovery closer to home. Whether you’re interested in examining global issues, native cultures, marine wildlife, or environmental conservation, there are so many incredible places to explore right here close to home!
Delve into Central American culture and examine important environmental and social issues while exploring the beautiful countries of Belize and Costa Rica. Kick off by building language skills in individually suited language lessons. Examine important environmental issues by lending a hand at a wildlife sanctuary in the jungles of Costa Rica. Help protect sea turtle nests along Carribean shores and assist in a marine project on a tiny island in Belize. Experience the adrenaline of rafting the world-famous Pacuare, learning to surf on Costa Rica’s gentle breaks, and getting SCUBA certified on this semester of a lifetime!
Explore unbelievable landscapes, important local issues, and the famous Aloha spirit in Hawaii! Assist in coral research with biologists and dive with manta rays on the Big Island. Lend a hand protecting native watersheds and learn to surf on O’ahu. Discover marine ecosystems while earning a SCUBA certification on Kauai. Discuss food security and the local movement toward sustainability with local experts. Experience traditional agricultural and fishing practices in quaint Hanalei, then witness the power of mother nature while exploring Volcanoes National Park.
Discover the incredible American Northwest and Hawaii while examining important environmental and social issues through unique hands-on projects. Explore the Tetons and participate in wildlife conservation work in Yellowstone National Park. Learn about the North Cascades and assist wildlife researchers in an important cougar study. Team up with marine biologists to learn about Washington’s marine ecosystems while kayaking in the San Juan islands. Finish the adventure backpacking, surfing, and earning SCUBA certifications in the paradise of the Hawaii Islands.
Travel to Ecuador and Peru to discover lush jungles, snow-capped peaks, and the enchanting cultures of two of South America’s most fascinating countries. Attend an immersive language school to build upon previous language skills and gain a better understanding of these unique cultures. Raft the exhilarating rapids of the Urubamba River in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Navigate Ecuador’s Amazon jungle to learn about cacao farming and examine the effects of deforestation on this important ecosystem. Zipline through the lush cloud forest outside of Quito, Ecuador. Tread in the footsteps of the Inca while exploring the famous ruins of Machu Picchu and the beautiful Sacred Valley. Discover a side of Peru and Ecuador that most people only dream of!
Dive deep into important social and conservation issues playing out in the American Southwest. Explore the spires, canyons, and dramatic geography of Moab’s canyonlands while earning a Wilderness First Responder certification. Investigate important water rights issues while rafting the Colorado River and visiting Lake Powell. Assist on a sustainable building project and examine immigration issues in the Borderlands of New Mexico and Arizona. End the program by obtaining a SCUBA certification along California’s beautiful southern coast.