Registration is now closed for all Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester options.

Fall 2018/Spring 2019: We will be offering the GRIT Program model. Learn more here.

Global Routes is accredited by the Gap Year Association and meets the highest standards for safety, authentic community service, and cross-cultural education. Learn more about AGA accreditation.

Interested in a more independent experience? Learn about GRIT (Global Routes Independent Track) here.




Destination Dates Length Tuition Language Suggestion Focus/Highlights
Ecuador and Galápagos:Teaching Internship Program Fall: 9/13/2017 to 12/5/2017 REGISTRATION CLOSED 12 wk $9,995 2-3 years Spanish Teaching, Spanish Immersion, Public Health, Environmental Conservation, Andes, Galápagos Islands
Costa Rica/Panama Teaching Internship Program Spring: 2/21/2018 to 5/15/2018


12 wk $8,995 2-3 years Spanish Spanish Teaching, Environment, Public Health, Spanish Immersion, Rainforest, Surfing, Snorkeling, White Water Rafting



Destination Dates Length Tuition Language Suggestion Focus/Highlights
Nepal: Teaching Internship Program SPRING: 2/21/2018 to 5/15/2018


12 wk $9,795 None Teaching, Public Health, Eastern Philosophy, Nepali language, Agriculture, Environmental Conservation/Trekking in the Himalaya, Safari, White Water Rafting, Meditation Course

Ready to take the first step?

  1. Fill out the Phase 1 Application here (no deposit or commitment necessary)
  2. Set up an informational phone interview with a Global Routes Director here.


Cross-Cultural Immersion

Global Routes is not only the first organization of its kind, launching immersion Gap programs in 1986 but the only Gap Year provider offering full immersion Gap programs. Global Routes brings people with different worldviews together to foster a stronger 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 our students and local community members to step outside of their boundaries and open their hearts to new 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. You’ll train to become a dynamic educator to give you the skills and confidence to make the most of your Teaching Internship Experience. 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.

Community Service and Teaching Internship Programs

Our tried and true program model is designed to integrate you into the daily rhythms of life in a host community by working alongside locals in various capacities:

  • Teaching Internship Programs: Extended community immersion
    This is the most immersive and high impact Gap program in the field. It is a signature Global Routes’ approach. By diving deep into one local community, you have an incredible opportunity to make meaningful, long-lasting connections. You and a fellow group member will collaborate with local teachers to teach English, math, science, or any number of other subjects in a rural primary or secondary school. You may also coach sports, tutor, or lead art and music workshops. Beginning in 2017, you’ll have the opportunity, if you’re interested, to train to become a Certified Food Literacy Educator through The Cookbook Project to lead food, cooking, and health education programming in the community for both adults and children. This internship does not require prior teaching experience, only a genuine and humble passion for inspiring others to learn. We have found that students with camp counselor experiences or experience working with children in any capacity are incredibly well-prepared. You will enjoy the supported independence of living with your own host family and establishing a daily schedule of your own activities and responsibilities. Your leaders check in with you regularly to make sure you have the support you need and debrief your incredible experiences regularly. Gap Year students come away from these programs with hard teaching skills, the ability to improvise, overcome challenges, and rejoice in the joy of the simplicity of rural life.


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 (this is an option for interns although most interns share a home with a fellow intern), 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 be forgotten.

Travel Adventures and Debrief

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.

Group Size and Leadership

We recognize the value of small group programs where our leaders can work closely with every intern to support your experience and growth. Our Gap and College programs have a maximum of 14 students per group. For groups of up to 8 students there will be one leader. For groups of 9-14 students a second leader will accompany the group. Additionally, all programs, regardless of size, will work with 2-3 in-country specialized staff.

Interested in an even more independent experience? Learn about GRIT (Global Routes Independent Track) here.