Organizations as Global Education Resources: Gap Year Programs

This webpage is a clearinghouse of nonprofit organizations that offer global education resources, products, and services. The purpose of the page is to provide resources to schools to develop their own global education programs in the area of gap-year programs:

GAP-YEAR PROGRAMS

 

Africa and Asia Venture
 

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is a UK-based not-for-profit. Established in 1992, AV specialises in group-based full immersion gap year and summer programs in Africa and Asia. Nearly 6,000 young people aged 17 to 25 from 30+ countries have together contributed more than 1,200 man-years of service in the communities in which we work. Participants work principally with young children helping them to read and write English or do art, dance, drama, music, sport or anything else they want to do, all in rural or semi-rural locations. They live with the locals the way the locals live.

Website:  www.aventure.co.uk


American University Gap Program

American University’s Gap Program offers an enriching academic and internship immersion experience in Washington, D.C.  From day one, students create a foundation for success because the AU Gap experience focuses on skills that can be applied later in an academic setting or career. The program consists of a Mentored Field Practicum internship and a topical seminar in American Politics, Global Business and Trade, or International Affairs.  Classes are interactive sessions led by a professor who introduce students to national and global experts. Students also will visit area nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses. Students will spend 3 days each week at an internship with a D.C. area organization. During this process, students read professional articles, keep a journal, and meet with professors to discuss their internship.  Students will live on the American University’s campus and have access to campus resources. Since this is an academic and experiential learning program, students have an AU transcript – with 7 college level credits per semester – to use for possible transfer to another college program after they leave the Gap Program.
Website:  www.american.edu/spexs/augap

Chinese Government Scholarship Program

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program is available to graduates of NAIS schools who are 18 years of age and older, including those graduating by June of any year. Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. The most likely candidates will be seniors interested in a gap year of study in China before beginning their undergraduate studies at a college or university. The scholarships include tuition, room, and a modest cost of living stipend. Scholarship recipients must pay their own way to/from China. The scholars will study at a Chinese university (in most cases one of their top three choices) and instruction will be in Mandarin. The scholar's level of proficiency in Mandarin will determine the nature of courses to be taken other than Mandarin instruction. Application should be made to NAIS. Contact miller@nais.org. Application forms, instructions, and details on required transcripts and other documents, and information on the program are available online.
Website: www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/scholarshipdetailen.aspx?cid=97&id=2052

CIEE Gap Year Abroad

CIEE’s Gap Year Abroad offerings are designed to provide the consistency of classroom work (for language acquisition) with time to explore and enjoy the culture and people of the country (cultural immersion).  Our full-immersion gap programs include:

  • Language intensive classes based on your language ability
  • Core Culture class that includes excursions to sites of cultural and historical significance, cultural activities (cooking, calligraphy, etc.) along with classroom time. Also included is an overnight trip to another location within the country where you are studying or to a nearby country.
  • Relevant service work within the community

Semester and academic year programs offered in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, and Spain.
Website:  www.ciee.org/gap-year-abroad

Crossing Borders Global Studies  (semester programs)

The Scandinavian Seminar runs the programs in Denmark. It addresses current global and economic issues for students 18 and older. The program is designed to enable students to build the skills, theoretical and practical, to help them understand the issues affecting their lives. The aim of the program is to enable students to think and act internationally and to make a positive difference in their lives and the world around them. Through projects, the participants learn to work together across borders and across cultures toward mutual understanding. The program is a life-changing experience at an exceptional value and includes tuition, room, and board plus a week and a half of travel to Paris and Rome. For American and Canadian students, contact Scandinavian Seminar to enroll.
Website: www.scandinavianseminar.org

Gap Year 365

Lists and links to a number of gap year programs.
Website: www.gapyear365.com

Global Citizen Year

Global Citizen Year fellows undergo intensive training, then spend six months living with a family in a rural community and supporting a local development project in education, public health, appropriate technology, or environmental conservation. As a capstone to the year, fellows return to their U.S. hometown to share their experience with others through presentations at local schools, community exhibitions, fund-raisers, and by working with the media.
Website: globalcitizenyear.org/program

Global Impact Corps

Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience that trains students to become new leaders in global health. All participants in this Unite For Sight program are Global Impact Fellows. Prior to participating abroad, they complete Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Training that includes training in cultural competency, global health, social entrepreneurship, and community eye health. While in Ghana, Honduras, and India, the fellows participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to support and assist the eye clinics to provide comprehensive year-round care that addresses the root causes of patient barriers to care. Through hands-on, structured training, the fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practice principles in volunteerism, global health, and international development.
Website: www.globalimpactcorps.org

Let's Get Global: Becoming Citizens of the World

Let's Get Global is a national movement whose mission is to encourage and assist youth in the United States to have international experiences, particularly during the year between high school and the next phase of their lives. It seeks to educate young people, parents, and the educational establishment about the benefits of international experiences, by informing people of existing programs, and by making the opportunity available to all segments of the population. Its vision is that an international experience becomes a popular practice in the United States.
Website: www.thegapyearsite.blogspot.com

Magic Carpet Rides

Magic Carpet Rides offers a two-semester gap-year program in Central America, with the focus on: cultural immersion (homestays in indigenous communities); service learning (addressing local community needs through individualized volunteer projects); and natural exploration (climbing active volcanoes, trekking to remote Mayan ruins, spelunking underground caves, kayaking, surfing the Pacific break, and SCUBA diving on the world’s second largest barrier reef).
Website: www.MagicCarpetRides.org

Planet Gap Year

General information on gap-year programs and policies.
Website: www.planetgapyear.com/faqs

The IAU Marchutz School of Fine Arts

The IAU Marchutz School of Fine Arts program gives students the chance to live, learn, and grow in the incomparable Provencal setting in Aix-en-Provence, France.  An interdisciplinary process combines the studio art discipline, liberal arts course work, European museum study, and landscape painting and drawing. American faculty who have taught and worked as artists in Europe for more than 35 years offer summer  sessions as well as fall/spring semester course work for college credit. Instruction is in English or French. No previous experience in studio art is required. For more information consult the IAU College webpage or contact Alan Roberts, director, at alan.roberts@iaufrance.org.
Website: www.iaufrance.org 

Thinking Beyond Borders

Thinking Beyond Borders is an eight-month intensive gap-year program designed to educate youth about the economic, political, and cultural realities of our world while empowering them with the tools to create social change. Students study public education in China, sustainable agriculture in India, the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, and clean water issues in Ecuador. In each core country, students work with local NGOs to gain a deep understanding of the problems facing developing communities and the efforts made to address them. Students live with host families to build personal relationships with the local people and culture. Each core country is followed by an enrichment week allowing students to engage in cultural and recreational activities. Orientation is in Costa Rica, and enrichment weeks include Peru, Cambodia, India, and South Africa. Students return to the United States for five weeks that include meeting representatives from the United Nations, World Bank, and a variety of grassroots organizations. The program culminates with student presentations to educational and philanthropic organizations to share their learning and spur others to create change.
Website: www.thinkingbeyondborders.org 

USA Gap Year Fairs

Lists and links to a number of gap year programs.
Website: www.usagapyearfairs.org/gapyearprogram.html

Work & Volunteer – Gap Year Ideas

Work & Volunteer offers volunteer and gap year programmes around the globe. The projects vary from community, conservation, wildlife volunteering to teach abroad, internships and paid work.
Website: http://www.workandvolunteer.com/gap-years

 

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Questions?

Contact Ioana Wheeler, director of global initiatives and board of trustees programs, at wheeler@nais.org.