Dive into a truly unique Gap Year experience. Choose one of our 3-month group semesters during the Fall, followed by a 3-day orientation in Portland, Oregon before embarking on a 3-month focused volunteer placement (FVP) in the Spring.
On your focused volunteer placement, commit to a local community through extensive service—independently or with a 2-to-3 student cohort. With reputable contacts in over 20 countries, the world is your oyster! Receive one-on-one mentorship from your Latitudes Director to help you select a volunteer placement that inspires you.
Get scuba certified while protecting coral reefs in Southern Thailand. Support vulnerable children in Tanzania through HIV prevention education. Learn about permaculture while working on an organic farm in Nicaragua. The best part of it all? You can earn up to 36 quarter college credits—all while connecting with communities across the globe and participating in meaningful volunteering, adventure, and cultural exchange.
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Program tuition includes a 3-day orientation in Portland, Oregon in January, 1-on-1 mentorship from a Latitudes Advisor, a customized Focused Volunteer Placement, $2800 project contribution towards the second semester FVP, all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, access to 36 PSU credits, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare, domestic airfare to Portland for orientation, and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at $3,400 – $5,600 for the year.
Earn up to $5000 per year in scholarship funding from Carpe Diem Education. Through our partnership with Portland State University, students are eligible to complete up to 18 quarter credits during their semester program.