Gap Year Semester in Latin America with Thinking Beyond Borders

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Explore solutions to critical global issues in communities throughout Latin America in this 13-week program.

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.

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

  • Living with Host Families
  • Fieldwork with Local Experts
  • Combine field work experiences, fascinating readings, and daily seminars to make learning meaningful
  • Daily Spanish Language Classes & Immersion
  • Guided Volcano Trek in Nicaragua

Questions & Answers


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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program


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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.

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