What We Do

If you’re interested in taking a gap year, big and important decisions lie ahead.  A gap year is something to be designed and entered into thoughtfully, not hastily, haphazardly, or without careful planning.  While a gap year is a terrific time to push yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and explore new places, cultures, and activities, your gap year experience must be a good fit for you.  Gap years are not one-size-fits-all.  And, while gap year opportunities are endless (and it’s easy to become overwhelmed while researching programs and options!), it is vital to have clear goals, structured plans, and an organized timeline.

In addition to figuring out where to go, what to do, and when to do it, students embarking on gap years need to consider finances and fundraising and often need to make important decisions about flights, insurance, visas, passports, vaccinations, health, and safety.  It’s a lot to think about, and it takes a lot of work, but we are here to help!

We begin our counseling process with a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll ask you and your parents to complete a detailed preliminary questionnaire, which asks some specific questions–about when you’ll graduate from high school, when exactly you’d like your gap year to begin and end, whether you’ll need to apply to college during your gap year, how you and/or your parents plan to pay for your gap year and what your budget is like–and some general questions about your goals, your interests and passions, your tolerance for risk-taking and adventure, your foreign language skills, etc.  We’ll review the questionnaire with you and your parents, and if you decide to work with us, we’ll begin researching and customizing your gap year right away.

We are based in California, but we work one-on-one with students throughout North America.

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Our Comprehensive Gap Year Counseling Package ($1250) includes the following services:

Design:

  • Initial assessment to follow up on preliminary questionnaires and clarify goals, timeline, and budget.
  • Personalized and thorough research of and contact with reputable and vetted organizations, programs, and institutions that
  • Custom gap year plan, strategically designed with your specific interests, passions, and learning objectives in mind.
  • A pre-­departure phone (or in-person meeting) retainer for use by student and parents to structure and clarify gap year plans and timeline.
  • Personalized list of recommended reading and resource materials (books, articles, websites).

Logistics:

  • Complete and personalized timeline and itinerary (with all necessary emergency contact information) submitted to student and parents before the gap year’s designated start date.
  • Thorough research of and assistance with travel requirements, including visas, immunizations, travel advisories, and travel insurance. (Please note that we do not make travel plans or book flights, but we can recommend excellent travel agents!)
  • Assistance with budgeting and other logistics.

Support:

  • Monthly check-­ins (via email or Skype) with student throughout gap year.
  • On-the-ground support and assistance with logistics as needed for duration of gap year.

Our Basic Gap Year Design Package ($750) includes the following services:

  • Initial assessment to follow up on preliminary questionnaires and clarify goals, timeline, and budget.
  • Personalized and thorough research of and contact with reputable and vetted organizations, programs, and institutions that
  • Custom gap year plan, strategically designed with your specific interests, passions, and learning objectives in mind.
  • A pre-­departure phone (or in-person meeting) retainer for use by student and parents to structure and clarify gap year plans and timeline.

For families who do not need a package but would like our help with some of these services, we are able to create a customized plan to suit your needs and an hourly consultation fee. Please contact us for details and pricing.

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