- About Us
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- Gap Year
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As of April 1, 2014 Global Routes is accredited by the American Gap Association. Learn more here about AGA accreditation.
Global Routes brings people with different worldviews together in order to foster a strong global community. We believe that the best way to create meaningful cross-cultural relationships is through immersion in small, rural communities abroad. Living and working with people throughout the world challenges both you and local community members to step outside of your boundaries and open your hearts and minds to new people and cultures.
All of our programs begin with an in-country orientation designed to orient you to your surroundings through safaris, rainforest excursions, visits to ancient ruins, or multi-day treks. The orientation also focuses on learning a new language and cultural traditions, introducing you to your group and leaders, and giving you the knowledge and support you need to dive into your cultural immersion experience in your host communities. This is a crucial time for cultivating independence for gap year students so that you feel confident living independently with a host family and learning valuable life skills that will extend far beyond the program’s end.
Our two program models are designed to integrate you into the daily rhythms of life in a host community by working alongside locals in various capacities:
The greatest highlight for many of our students is the homestay that runs parallel to the community service project and the teaching internships. Whether you live with your own host family or together with a fellow group member, you come home after a solid day’s work to smiles, curiosity, and excitement. Prepare dinner with your host mother, teach your host brother a few words of English, or journey to the family farm. As you spend time together, you learn an incredible amount about the challenges and joys of life in the village and form relationships that will not soon be forgotten.
In all of our programs, there is ample opportunity for adventure! During a mid-program break, occasional weekends, and the final week of the program, you travel with your group to unique parts of the country or neighboring countries to explore a unique culture, natural landscape, or exciting adventure. Time spent enjoying the beaches, jungle, or coastal waterways of a place you have come to love is also the perfect space for reflecting on your experiences, celebrating your great contributions and discoveries, and eventually preparing for your return home.
Our Gap and College programs have a maximum of 12 students per group. For groups of up to 8 students there will be one leader. For groups of 9-15 students a second leader will accompany the group. Additionally, all programs regardless of size will work with 2-3 in country support staff.