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AMC’S Teen wilderness adventures

Outdoor Conservation and Leadership Gap-Year Semester: Sept 9-Nov 17


Want to develop your backcountry leadership skills? Would you like to learn or improve upon trail work skills, community service, and volunteer experiences? Want to go a step further and grow as a leader in the outdoors? This is the perfect program for you. A Leave No Trace Master Educator course and a Wilderness First Responder certification course are part of the curriculum, and will provide you both the experience and the credentials to pursue both careers and advanced personal skills in the outdoors. Wilderness Backpacking and Canoeing skills will be learned, practiced, and mastered. Advanced trail work training and the opportunity to build upon your skills while completing a variety of trail projects are an integral component of this expedition as well. Students will engage in intensive community building through rugged wilderness travel adventures all over the Northeast-from the Maine North Woods, to the Delaware Water Gap.



Combine the best of study abroad and pre-college experiences all in one program.  CET offers four-week, four-credit summer programs and intensive language gap programs throughout the year. These are not your average travel programs. Each CET pre-college summer program abroad focuses on a specific theme relevant to the program location and offers a conversational language class. While taking an introductory college-level course led by college-level faculty, you’ll immerse in local culture, build confidence, and expand your horizons during a transformative study abroad experience that is invaluable in the college application and preparation process.

CET Gap programs provide the opportunity to develop your skills in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, or Japanese, even if you’re a complete beginner.  While participating in activities and excursions alongside college study abroad students, you’ll have options for elective courses and volunteer placements to further your language skills and cultural knowledge.  As part of the gap cohort, you’ll have weekly group meetings and individual attention for the support you need.

In all CET programs, you can explore your interests alongside academically motivated peers in an inclusive learning environment and take advantage of CET’s extensive local networks and resources.  Enjoy outstanding student support and supervision provided by experienced in-country staff. Prepare with program-specific pre-departure information and a thorough onsite orientation. Rely on CET’s comprehensive risk management strategies that prioritize the health and safety of all students.

Contact: Salwa Saba, Outreach and Marketing Coordinator
Phone:  800.225.4262


CIEE Gap Year Abroad

CIEE is the leading non-profit in international education with 70 years of experience in cultural exchange. Through CIEE Global Navigator High School Programs, students attain greater language fluency, cultural knowledge, and independence at a pivotal time in their lives. All of our programs are designed to balance structured classroom instruction, relevant cultural activities and travel opportunities, and authentic engagement with host families, local peers, and communities.  Students can study abroad for a summer, semester, year, or gap year in 35 locations across the globe.


City Year

Founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year’s 28 urban locations across the U.S. and two international affiliates, teams of trained young people called AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools during the academic year as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time, AmeriCorps members are positioned to help students and schools succeed.

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Global Routes

Since 1986 Global Routes has offered Gap Year and college students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves into a small rural community, develop long-lasting cross-cultural relationships, and make positive contributions that will last a lifetime.  Global Routes’ Gap Year Teaching Internship Program provide students with the opportunity to truly make a difference in one community through an 8-10 week teaching internship in a local primary school. This model has earned Global Routes the distinction of being named “One of most respected organizations in the field” by the New York Times.

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High Mountain Institute Gap Programs

An Adventure with Purpose

HMI Gap Semesters are designed to be a unique and refreshing break from our busy world, an uninterrupted journey of adventure, self-discovery, and growth. With rock climbing and wilderness programs in Patagonia and the American West, students spend three months traveling to some of the world’s wildest places, gain competence as outdoor adventurers, and give back by getting their hands dirty helping with real-world conservation projects. We emphasize building an intentional, inclusive community, where students make lasting friendships with people who encourage them to become their best self.

Since 1998, HMI has offered empowering programs for all ages in inspiring surroundings, boldly uniting place-based and hands-on learning with the natural world. Students return from HMI transformed, carrying with them the confidence, passion, and readiness to excel in college, graduate school, and beyond. Our alumni stand out in an increasingly competitive environment, as colleges and employers view HMI alumni as risk-takers in the best sense who have the skills to collaborate with peers, communicate with people who hold diverse perspectives, and build trusting, affirming relationships. We strive to be one of the most important, defining educational choices our students will make during their lifetimes.



Established in 2004, Internship Connection provides high school and college students with “real-world” career experience through prestigious Summer or Gap semester internships in Boston, New York City and Austin. Students live at home and work part-time, leaving time for other activities. Program components include: career guidance, resume and interview prep, and feedback on reflective journals.

 Knowing that colleges seek out high school students who demonstrate an in-depth academic interest or talent, we help students identify that “thread of interest” and match them to a mentor in a related field: STEM, business, law/government, arts, startups/technology and more.

 For college students, an internship is extremely valuable as a way to either confirm or eliminate a future college major, saving both time and financial resources. In addition, students begin the process of building a resume and professional contacts.

 – Dr. Carole Jabbawy, Founder and Director

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You’re ready to take the lead and take time for your future. To connect to the outdoors and yourself. To stand out from your peers and make the most of your gap year. The extended and immersive lessons of a NOLS gap year are life-changing. Wherever in the world you travel with NOLS, you will emerge with confidence, competence, direction, courage, and perspective.

 DESTINATIONS: United States (Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Teton Valley, Alaska), Canada, Mexico, East Africa, Europe, Patagonia, India, New Zealand, South America.  NOLS TAILS FROM THE TRAIL VIDEO

 CONTACT: Day Scott :


Rustic Pathways 

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Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break and summer experiences, Gap Year programs, and custom group trips. Operating in 18 different countries, our programs cover a range of student interests and activities.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rustic Pathways has emerged as the world leader in student travel. What started as one man leading students across the Australian Outback has grown to over 96 programs across 19 countries. Throughout the whole journey, our mission has remained the same: to enrich the lives of our students and staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation. Every summer, thousands of high school students from around the world travel with Rustic Pathways on life changing programs. These students participate in a variety of programs that emphasize community service, education, and adventure. From building a school in an indigenous village in Fiji, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to working in an orphanage in Thailand, Rustic Pathways provides empowering experiences for every student. We believe cultural and international exposure are a critical component of any global education, and we pride ourselves in designing unforgettable programs that are safe, inspiring, and affordable.


Where There Be Dragons


Dragons has been facilitating authentic cultural immersion  in Asia, Africa, and Latin America for over 25-years. Our Summer Abroad, Gap Year, and College Study Abroad programs take small student groups to remote communities with the best educators in the industry to ensure personalized mentorship and meaningful engagement. Each program is custom-crafted with 9 program components  including homestay, language study, and service learning. Our goal is to help participants develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in the world.

Contact Us: 303.413.0822

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Young Judaea Summer Programs/Israel Programs

Year Course is a 9-month gap year program in Israel for Jewish students where they get the chance to earn up to 30 college credits, enhance their language skills, gain meaningful and unique volunteer opportunities and deepen their curiosity of where and how they want to engage in the world around them. The students that go on Year Course gain a great sense of independence and mature in ways that enable them to truly thrive in college, both socially and academically.