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Animal Viewing City Exploring Trekking
Academic Year Fall Spring Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Ashram Boat Cabin Camper Van Guesthouse Host Family Hostel Hotel Lodge Rondavel Sleeper Train Tent
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Price Details
Erica offers two different pricing structures related to consultation time and support. Erica offers merit-based and BIPOC scholarships for two students each calendar year.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Activities Some Activities Equipment Some Equipment Meals Some Meals Park Fees Some Park Fees SIM cards Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Expert advice and consultation on gap year planning and implementation

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 01, 2023
Dec 15, 2023
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About Program

Erica Vaughn founded The Intentional Gap because she believes that the deepest learning comes when we push our boundaries and challenge ourselves to get outside of our comfort zones. Erica is passionate about travel and discovery. She helped her own son plan his gap year, and was amazed by the dizzying array of programs, and couldn't understand why the incredible depth and breadth of affordable and free programs available to students internationally and domestically wasn't more widely shared with students. Given her extensive travel planning expertise, Erica was able to help her son design an amazing seven months between high school and college, and The Intentional Gap was born. Erica works closely with students and families to design a unique gap year experience focused on personal growth and emotional development.

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Program Highlights

  • Unique gap year planning tailored to each individual; Professional member, Gap Year Association; Standards and Accreditation Committee member, Gap Year Association; In depth knowledge of gap year programs and opportunities; 25 years of experience

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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent value and service

Erica of the Intentional Gap is a fantastic resource for any family with a young person planning a gap year. She’s organized, warm, friendly, approachable, down to earth and a wealth of resources. Our son benefited immensely from her expertise and connections and we would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone considering a gap year consultant. With her first tier of support our son received options for volunteer opportunities in Europe as well as fun, educational opportunities that were in line with this interests. Erica was also able to connect our son to a month long wilderness Outward Bound opportunity that was an incredible experience for him. We highly recommend bringing Erica onto your gap year planning team!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Erica Vaughn was been a pleasure to work with.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Erica Vaughn to design a gap year program for our son. I must say, I couldn't imagine doing this on our own. The process was complex and required a lot of planning and coordination, but Erica made it seem effortless.

What impressed me the most was her knowledge and expertise. She had an answer for every question we threw at her, no matter how complicated or obscure. It was clear that she had a deep understanding of the process and was well-prepared to guide us through it.

Moreover, Erica's creativity and flexibility were truly commendable. As the various components of the trip changed, she was able to adapt quickly and come up with new solutions. She was not only able to accommodate these changes but also used them as opportunities to enhance the overall experience.

Our experience with Erica Vaughn was nothing short of exceptional. Her professionalism, knowledge, and adaptability made the process of planning a gap year program really easy. We wouldn't hesitate to use her services again for our daughter. We highly recommend Erica to any parent looking to create a meaningful and well-planned gap year program for their child.

21 people found this review helpful.

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