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Gap Year

Global Routes has been a leader in Gap experiences for more than 30 years and the gold standard in the field of international immersion education for more than 50 years. 

Our Gap Year approach – The Global Routes Independent Track (GRIT) – is tailored to the individual goals and interests of each participant with the dedicated support and mentorship from Adam Aronovitz, Global Routes Director and lead Gap guide.

Design Your Gap

How It Works

After an initial consulting session, we’ll work together on the scope and sequence of your experience, selecting partner host organizations and immersive opportunities that best fit your goals, interests, and dreams.

We’ll support you with setting goals, designing your Gap itinerary, pre-trip planning, and safety considerations. Once you take off, we’ll be available throughout your experience to debrief, adapt, and plan next steps.

Tucker Brock, GRIT Alum 

“When I first met Adam, I didn’t have a clue where I wanted to go [for my Gap]. I was overwhelmed by the logistics of forming a travel itinerary. Luckily for me, Adam proved to be the perfect guide. I developed a plan with him to volunteer/work with five different companies in five different countries over a period of fifteen months. He enthusiastically helped me cover all the details from vaccinations to visas and gave me informative resources, such as travel websites and detailed gear lists that would be useful for my long journey. Overall, I’m incredibly thankful for Adam’s continued support and for all his efforts in turning my dream for travel into a reality!”

Choose your Level of Support

Map and Compass Package: $795

  • 3 virtual calls to set goals, establish a detailed itinerary, and prep for departure
  • One on-the-road support session 
  • Best for students who want to take the lead in their planning process, but could benefit from feedback and guidance connecting with ideal partner and host organizations.

Passport Package: $1,395

  • 6 virtual calls to set goals, establish a detailed itinerary, and prep for departure
  • Budget planning and customized packing lists
  • Individualized support booking flights and trip logistics
  • Best for students who want more consistent coaching before, during, and after their program. 
Is This for You?

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 ‘Design your Gap’ intake form, eligible “gappers” will be invited to a free consultation call to explore your goals and options.

Happy Trails!

Design Your Gap

"I went into my GRIT program as a new solo traveler who felt nervous to do this by myself. Although scary at first, this experience taught me so much about adapting and learning from others. Overall, I am so happy to have been pushed out of my comfort zone. I only learned and prospered from the decision to work with Global Routes GRIT.”
Grace, GRIT Alum
EXAMPLE GRIT PLACEMENTS
Inspiration as you design you journey
  1. Become fluent in Spanish while taking language immersion courses, teaching at local youth projects and leading trekking groups in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
  2. Teach Soccer and English in the altiplano in Bolivia while mastering your Spanish. Spend your weekends hiking in the Andes and enjoy life in the volunteer house.
  3. Live on a reforestation project in South India, Kenya, or Haiti, working on water conservation projects, planting tree forests, leading environmental education initiatives, and living with a community of like-minded volunteers.
  4. Teach English to Buddhist monk students in Nepal while basking in the glory of the Himalaya. Take a break from teaching to trek one of Nepal’s famed teahouse treks.
  5. Become certified through a Permaculture Design Course in Thailand and work on an eco-farming community.
  6. Go way beyond the tourist track volunteering in Kajiado County in Southern Kenya. Support storytelling and cultural preservation efforts, initiate critical clean water projects with our partners at Mama Maji and go on Safari in Kenya’s world-renowned game-reserves.
  7. Earn your TEFL certification in Bangkok and begin work as a paid English teacher in the Thai countryside.

Design Your Gap

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Application process

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 intake form in order to determine your interests, goals, dreams, travel experience, and skills. We review this within one week and will invite you for an interview if it looks like this would be a good fit. If the interview confirms that this is the trip for you, we’ll send over your onboarding documents and start off with our first scoping session. Please note that meetings generally take place via zoom or phone for your convenience.

Project focus areas

Wa tailor your trip to your interests, skills and desires. Some common focus areas include:

  • Reforestation & Conservation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Forestry
  • Education and Ecology
  • Agriculture and Permaculture
  • Research & Communications
  • Non-Profit Management
Potential destinations

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.

  • United States
  • Guatemala
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia
  • Peru
  • Nepal
  • India
  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia (Bali)
Total cost

We offer two coaching packages depending on the amount of support you want to develop your GRIT program.

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.

Map and Compass Package: $795

  • 3 virtual calls to set goals, establish a detailed itinerary, and prep for departure
  • One on-the-road support session
  • Best for students who want to take the lead in their planning process, but could benefit from feedback and guidance connecting with excellent in-country partners and providers.

Passport Package: $1,395

  • 6 virtual calls to set goals, establish a detailed itinerary, and prep for departure
  • Budget planning and customized packing lists
  • Individualized support booking flights and trip logistics
  • Best for students who want more consistent coaching before, during, and after their program. 
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