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Appalachian Mountain Club College Adventure Program

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.



Gain academic and leadership skills, hone language ability, and develop longlasting friendships during a fun and engaging summer experience. These three- or four- week programs, developed exclusively for high school students, are based on CET’s innovative educational model for successful college study abroad programs.



Each CET program focuses on a specific theme and offers four college credits. Participating in introductory courses 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 preparation process. Everything you need from CET, no matter where you go. Earn four college credits in classes alongside academically focused peers. Experience local cultures and advance language skills in an inclusive learning environment. Take advantage of CET’s extensive local networks and resources. Enjoy outstanding student support and supervision provided by experienced in-country staff. Travel on an accompanied group flight. Prepare with program-specific predeparture information and a thorough onsite orientation. Rely on CET’s comprehensive risk management strategies that prioritize the health and safety of all students.







CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, and today offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and short-term customized programs for college, high school, and pre-college students in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Known for strong academics, professional program management, and supportive student services, CET strives to integrate students into their host communities, adopt environmentally conscientious practices, and promote diversity and inclusion across all programs.


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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Dynamy Internship Year (DIY)

Dynamy Internship Year (DIY) is a personalized gap year for students who want to learn differently, through hands-on learning in the real world.  If you’re a student who wants to explore your interests and passions, wishes for a break from more traditional classroom learning, and/or learns best through meaningful real-world experiences, then you’re in the right place.

Dynamy Internship Year is for students ready to find their passion, to increase their confidence, and to discover their direction. Each day here, students live, work, and intentionally create their own life in a positive setting and with the support of wonderful advisors.


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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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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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.

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A Boston-based non profit that offers gap year programs as the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation. This exchange program has was formed after WWII as a way to build community across differences.  United Planet programs are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.


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.