KIVU Global Gap Year Program: Destinations Across the Globe

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Brand New Programs NOW AVAILABLE!

For 8 years, we have only offered our signature multi-country program. Now, you can join us for a 2 and 12 week programs! Departures in the fall, winter, and spring!

About

We prepare college-bound high school graduates for success in higher education through domestic and international experiential learning adventures. We're equipping young leaders in a culturally diverse and globally connected world.

Benefits of our program:

+ 900 hours of internship experience
+ 150 hours of reflective leadership training
+ 9 hours of general college credit available
+ Cultural Intelligence Training
+ Emphasis on Exploration of Identity (Who am I?)
+ Experiential Learning with Home Stays

Sample August to May Itinerary:
  • Pre-departure Orientation
    • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Term 1: Urban America Experience (choose one)
    • Denver, Colorado
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Washington DC
  • Holiday Break
    • Mid-December through first week of January
  • January Term (choose one)
    • Middle East Experience in Jordan, Israel, & Palestine
    • South America Experience in Chile
  • Term 2 (choose one)
    • International Experience in Rwanda or Chile
      • Rwanda includes Mount Kilimanjaro hike
      • Chile includes Patagonia hike
  • Re-Entry Training
    • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Celebration Ceremony
    • Denver, Colorado
Highlights
  • Orientation to culture, language, customs, and safety at each location
  • Choose between hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or trekking through the Patagonia
  • Customize the program to your preferred travel locations!
  • Travel with a cohort of 6-15 students!

Questions & Answers

Hi Carsyn! Please see our fees for the Global and Semester program. http://www.kivugapyear.com/program-fees/ http://www.kivugapyear.com/gap-semester Also, here is our helpful PDF on Making Your Gap Year Affordable. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56aa8490d210b87f5bc5… I hope this all helps! Luke

Reviews

96%
based on 33 reviews
  • Housing 8.8
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
  • Growth 8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 10
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Heather
9/10

Incredible Opportunity

This program is unlike any other, and will completely flip your perspectives upside down. The exposure to the different situations in this world is incredible, but they don't stop there. They provide you with further knowledge, opportunities, guidance, and passion so that you know how to approach the many heart-breaking sites around the world. Even if you do not want to work in Non-Profit for the rest of your life, this program is still beneficial. You gain extremely new knowledge about yourself and the world, and the experiences can help guide you towards a particular field of study for college or work. Other than being super beneficial, it is both hard and fun! The challenges force you to step outside your comfort zone, and the fun you experience with your "soon to be family" always helps alleviate the stress from the challenges.

How can this program be improved?
The program is still growing, so most of this is already being worked on. But, working on providing even more different opportunities for fields to experience would help with the vocational discovery. And maybe looking at how you hire future leadership to stay with us.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristen
9/10

Kivu Gap Year

On the Kivu Gap Year, our day to day activities varied depending on our location. We spent the first semester living in inner city Denver, where each student had individual internships. I worked with an organization that provides job opportunities and counseling for women coming out of prostitution, homelessness, abuse, and incarceration. We traveled to Rwanda where we lived individually with Rwandese host families while working at individual internships. My internship was at a primary slum school where I taught English to third and fourth graders. We then climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. After Kilimanjaro, we ventured to places throughout all of India, saw the Taj Mahal, and served at an orphanage for children with special needs. Our journey was concluded in the Philippines, where we worked in the slums daily, serving malnourished children whose families live on less than fifty cents per day. Gap year was the most difficult, humbling, maturing, and best year of my life. The difficulties we encountered through cultural differences and homesickness brought extensive growth beyond measure. I think about gap year every day in who I am in my relationships with others, in the classroom, and spiritually. My gap year shaped me into the person I am today, and I would recommend the program to any high school graduate. I truly believe the lessons I learned on gap year will continue to impact and challenge me for the rest of my life. Although I live in a society that is sucked into a certain way of living, I am now challenged to live life outside of mediocrity and comfort, and fear living any other way.

Yes, I recommend
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Kara
10/10

Great program

The Kivu Gap Year offers an unparalleled experience meant to broaden young adults' worldview. The program urges participants to consider and form an opinion on a variety of issues around the world. Each destination has a unique culture that the students are fully immersed in. Overall, the Kivu Gap Year is a great program that I would highly recommend.

Yes, I recommend

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Equipping young leaders in a culturally diverse and globally connected world.

KIVU Gap Year is a facilitated gap year to internships at multiple global destinations. Students customize their travel to include both domestic and international...