Latin America Gap Semester -- Thinking Beyond Borders
96% Rating
(19 Reviews)

Latin America Gap Semester -- Thinking Beyond Borders

Our gap year programs are exciting, supportive, and transformational. By combining daily language classes, homestays, working with inspiring local leaders, and engaging readings and discussions, we've created an opportunity for you to learn about things that matter to you and the world. With Master's level teachers as Program Leaders, you'll get mentorship and support to find the purpose and direction you'll need in the years to come.

Explore solutions to critical global issues in communities throughout Latin America in this 13-week program. This gap semester includes:

- Daily Spanish Language Classes & Immersion
- Living with Host Families
- Fieldwork with Local Experts
- Academic Study
- Guided Volcano Trek in Nicaragua

Itinerary – 13 weeks:
Orientation in Guatemala – 1 week
Unit 1: Guatemala: Food & Sustainability – 5 weeks
Enrichment: Nicaragua: Volcano Trek – 1 week
Unit 2: Costa Rica: Education that Empowers – 5 weeks
Culmination in Washington, D.C. – 1 week

Costa Rica
Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Cultural Exploration
Hands-On Learning
Language Immersion
Post-High School
Study Abroad
Volunteer Abroad
3-6 Months
Host Family
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max
Starting Price
Price Details
Program tuition is $13,000, including all costs except for airfare. Airfare is estimated at $1,750, though it varies based on fuel costs. Need-based scholarships and tuitions financing options are available. Learn more on our Financial Aid page.

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

based on 19 reviews
  • Housing 9.1
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.3
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TBB Changed my Life

Anyone wishing to have a gap year experience that gives them the chance to marvel at the world's wonders, make a rewarding community service impact, and learn more about oneself should do TBB. It transformed how I see the world, my country, and myself. Now, I feel more fulfilled and know how I want to cultivate a meaningful life as an agent of change.

How can this program be improved?

If I had to change one thing, I wish I could have done a semester program, come home for the holidays, and gone back to TBB again for new units, new countries, and more experiences.

Yes, I recommend
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Authentic Opportunity

TBB offers a tremendous opportunity for learning about oneself as well as the world. Extremely well organized, communicative, well run organization offering an authentic experience to volunteer, learn a language and be part of local communities in the countries visited.
This is not a vacation, rather an experience to set goals, be mentored, experience personal growth while seeing the world. I highly recommend TBB as they are truly a quality organization and have given my son an opportunity of a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend
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Academic and Cultural Engagement!

From the Program's orientation in Mindo to the final week in Washington, DC, I always felt like I was engaged in something important. TBB's fusing of academics and culture opened the door for growth.

Yes, I recommend
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Never looked back

An incredibly productive and character building program that pushed us intellectually while still being FUN. I cannot picture myself having done anything different and will cherish the lessons and experiences my whole life.

How can this program be improved?

My group was a little small which caused some minor issues but recently the numbers have grown extensively so it should not be a problem.

Response from Thinking Beyond Borders

Since his South America Gap Semester, Teddy has passionately pursued studies related to how to use business as a means of changing the world. During college he studied and interned abroad in Brazil and Portugal, and is graduating college with multiple exciting job offers.

Yes, I recommend

About Thinking Beyond Borders

A gap year is your time to get outside of the classroom and learn in the real world. It’s a time to find the direction you need to make college meaningful. Take a gap year with purpose. Go beyond just travel or service. Our global community faces...