Ready for an independent adventure?
Our Gap Year approach – The Global Routes Independent Track (GRIT) – is tailored to the individual goals and interests of each participant.
GRIT allows independent Gap Year travelers to benefit from our 50 years in international immersion and education. Within GRIT, a Global Routes Gap Guide assists you with planning, travel support, and mentorship for an impactful Gap Year experience.
Traveling abroad for any extended period of time is exciting and transformative. Your experience will have a long-lasting impact on the way you see the world and your confidence as a traveler.
Still, there’s a lot to consider. We’re here to make sure you have the most meaningful experience possible by guiding you through your program development process.
Our GRIT Gap experiences are best for intrepid, motivated, and engaged explorers, ages 18+ at the time of travel, who are seeking a more independent experience over a group-based program, but who also want expert support along the way to plan and navigate their Gap experience.
Once you’ve filled out your GRIT Interest Form, eligible “gappers” will be invited to a free consultation call with their GRIT Guide to explore their goals and planning options.
The following are example experiences of previous GRIT participants. Your GRIT Guide will assist you with placements and connections unique to your goals and interests, but these examples can serve as inspiration!
We carefully select all of our GRIT program travelers, to ensure that this experience would be a good fit for you. We begin with asking you to complete the GRIT Interest Form in order to determine your interests, goals, dreams, travel experience, and skills. If it’s a fit, within one week, our team will review your form and invite you to a free consultation call. After your consultation, you’ll receive the onboarding documents and start off with the first scoping session. Please note that meetings generally take place via zoom or phone for your convenience.
Wa tailor your trip to your interests, skills and desires. Some common focus areas include:
Currently, we offer placements in the following countries. We are happy to chat through other possibilities with you as well, just fill out the intake form and we’ll get started.
We offer two coaching support packages depending on the amount of support you want to develop your GRIT program.
As a side note: We’ll work with you to develop a rewarding and affordable experience on any budget. Other costs associated with travel, including airfare, activities, room & board, VISAs (if applicable), and travel insurance average $25-$35/day (or about $1000/month) including all on-the-ground costs.