EnRoute Consulting

EnRoute Consulting

Why choose EnRoute Consulting?

EnRoute Consulting, LLC was founded on the belief that taking intentional gap time creates more self-directed, skilled and compassionate global citizens who are better prepared to succeed in college, life and work.

As the founder of EnRoute Consulting, Julia Rogers has spent the past 12 years providing gap year students with the logistical support and guidance needed to maximize this transformative moment in life. Julia is professionally accredited by the Gap Year Association.

All EnRoute families receive individualized attention. Julia's process is both empathetic and efficient; a combination that saves families time, money and unnecessary stress. Gap year planning should be fun, and Julia helps students feel excited and confident in their plans.

Every consultation starts with a complimentary introductory conversation. This is an opportunity to brainstorm and ask questions about the possibilities of a gap year. Email hello [at] enroutegapyear.com to set up a call or ask questions!

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

EnRoute wholeheartedly welcomes all people, regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

As a part of our commitment to foster an environment of trust with our clients, we abide by these guiding principles:



We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals.
We strive to create an atmosphere that is inclusive of all.
We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
We are committed to addressing issues of equity and justice in the travel industry through continued education, advocacy and personal interaction.

LGBTQIA+ Support

EnRoute wholeheartedly welcomes all people, regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

As a part of our commitment to foster an environment of trust with our clients, we abide by these guiding principles:



We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals.
We strive to create an atmosphere that is inclusive of all.
We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
We are committed to addressing issues of equity and justice in the travel industry through continued education, advocacy and personal interaction.

Impact

Sustainability

EnRoute is a proud member of 1% for the Planet

Ethical Impact

EnRoute acknowledges the fact that travel and volunteering can be a force for great good. It can also be extremely problematic. We do our best to foster respectful travel and volunteering by our students.

To this end, we have developed a set of standards that we use as our guide when counseling students on volunteering opportunities:

Vulnerable Peoples: We discourage volunteers without appropriate training to work with orphans or other vulnerable children.
Medical Work: We do not recommend programs that allow untrained volunteers to conduct medical procedures on patients. We do support programs that allow shadowing, non-invasive procedures (e.g. taking blood pressure) and public health projects provided they meet our other standards for recommendation.
Child Protection: We encourage all programs to conduct background checks on volunteers who will be working with children. If a program cannot feasibly conduct background checks on volunteers, we expect assurances that children will not be left unsupervised with volunteers.
Wildlife: We evaluate programs on a case-by-case basis by consulting with a wildlife biologist on best practices. We do not recommend opportunities that allow inappropriate interaction with domestic or wild animals. This includes but is not limited to:
Sites that allow any direct contact with large cats like lions or tigers
Sites that drug or sedate animals for the sole purpose of human interaction
Sites that are currently or ever have been associated with canned hunting
We encourage responsible travel throughout our advising process and have developed a pre-departure curriculum to further educate students about how to be considerate global citizens.

Reviews

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Ryan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

EnRoute Review - THE BEST

Working with EnRoute to plan my gap year was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Julia made strategizing and planning way easier than I thought it would be and she is also just an incredible human and super fun to talk to. She is SO on the ball about everything and is the ideal person you want to work with to plan gap time. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed working with EnRoute and how happy I am with the experience. If you want to do something meaningful and eye-opening with your gap time, EnRoute will find the best fit for you based on your interests, abilities, etc. Working with EnRoute will be a decision you will never ever regret.

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Morgan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Working with Julia changed my life

It is not an exaggeration to say that working with Julia Rogers changed my life. While people typically associate gap years with high school students, I decided to take a gap year after graduating college when I felt incredibly lost. I didn't know what I wanted to do professionally but I knew I wanted to challenge myself. After meeting Julia, it became clear to me that a gap year was exactly what I needed. I would not have done it without her. Together, we crafted the perfect itinerary. The realizations that I have had about myself and what I want to do on this gap year have been absolutely essential. I would have been lost without her guidance. She is so thorough, kind, and overall just the best person to have in your corner. I truly cannot say enough good things about her. If you are at all considering a gap year, BOOK A CALL WITH JULIA. You will not regret it!

Pros
  • Well suited to work with any age group
  • Extremely thorough and knowledgable
  • Listens and tailors programs to you and your needs
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Julia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Julia is the best!!

I am so incredibly satisfied with the quality of service that Julia provided. When I graduated from high school in 2022, we knew I wasn't ready to transition to college. I decided to take a gap year, most of Europe does it after all!

I didn't trust myself, or my parents, to choose appropriate programs so my high school councilor recommended Julia Rogers. As soon as I got in contact with her I knew we were in the right hands. Her knowledge and professionalism was so important to my success. I am excited to attend college in the fall with my head on straight and this newfound independence!!

Pros
  • I got to visit our nations breathtaking national parks and have gained a lifelong love of the outdoors.
  • I traveled solo and learned how to navigate difficult situations independently.
  • I feel very prepared for my transition for college, I am invested in my education.
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Trina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Julia Knows Her Stuff!

It's natural for a 17-20-year-old to want to make decisions independently, which can present challenges to a parent who is invested in ensuring the most valuable experience for a gap year. As parents, we know where our children need to mature and grow but we also know they need respect and independence. Julia was such a wonderful bridge between the needs of our daughter from her perspective and from ours. She took the time to get to know all of us and presented options that were within our budget and would meet our daughter's goals. Julia allowed us to take a backseat and let our daughter lead the process, but with the confidence that the outcome would be just right for her.

She just completed two vastly different semester programs with travel and work in between and we are blown away by the change in her confidence as she heads off to college. Everyone who asks her about her experience gets to see her huge smile and she always leads with "This has been the best year of my life!"

Pros
  • Julia is organized and keeps students on track with application deadlines, travel prep, etc.
  • She is mindful and supportive of the unique emotional needs of every student
  • It's great to know that if there is travel interruption, illness, or unforseen problems that Julia will be there to assist
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Andrea
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

As the parent of a student taking a gap semester, I could not have been happier with our experience with Enroute Consulting. Julia was extremely attentive and responsive. She took the time to get to know my child and suggest programs that would engage him and help him grow. My child decided late in the fall semester to take a gap semester in the spring due to COVID restrictions at his college. Under an extremely tight deadline, Julia found a wide variety of amazing programs for the spring and we felt extremely comfortable knowing the programs were well vetted by Enroute.

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Julia Rogers

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Did you take a gap year? If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Julia: I have taken a few gap years! I was admitted to Hamilton College as a Jan admit, so I spent my first semester of college in London taking classes. That opportunity really stoked my wanderlust. After graduating, I volunteered in Tanzania for nine months focusing on health education in a rural village.

Most recently, my husband and I took a ten-month trip around the world that took us to thirteen different countries! I was driven to all these experiences by a desire to challenge myself and see the world. Some people shy away from the unfamiliar, but I love the feeling of discovering a new place and meeting new people.

What does the future hold for EnRoute Consulting - any exciting new programs to share?

Julia: EnRoute is always growing and evolving! My main limitation is time – not ideas! I am very excited by the Changemakers Program we offer. This service is perfect for a person who has a field of study in mind but wants some real-world experience. It allows a student to focus on one theme for their gap year and explore it in-depth through custom volunteering and internship placements.

They are also assigned a mentor who is an expert in their field of interest. For example, if a student knew they were interested in marine conservation, they could spend their year volunteering in British Columbia at a whale research center then intern at a conservation organization in Belize. Their mentor – a scientist with a PhD in marine ecology – would guide them through their experiences and discuss the career options in their field.

Another exciting service we offer is adult gap year advising. So many parents come up to me and say, “I want to take a gap year too!” And why shouldn’t they? There are so many amazing enrichment courses and volunteer opportunities that are perfect for someone mid or post career. We want everyone to have adventures!

How does your organization differ from other ones in the industry?

Julia: Well, there are a lot of educational consultants out there, but very few that focus only on gap years. EnRoute specializes in travel, volunteering, interning and enrichment opportunities. The services are customized to the individual student to help them formulate their ideal gap year plan.

EnRoute was originally formed to help people find meaningful volunteer opportunities and that is still at the heart of our company. I vet every single volunteer program we work with to make sure they are benefiting the host community as well as the volunteer. Volunteering has become a bit of an industry but there are still so many worthwhile projects out there doing amazing work. I want to send students to the projects where they will have the most positive impact possible.

What is one thing you would tell any gap year participant?

Julia: Be an ambassador. Almost every gap year student travels at some point during their year – and many out of the country. This is both an amazing opportunity and big responsibility that we don’t always realize. Treat the places you visit and the people you meet with respect. Your actions and interactions speak not only for yourself but also to all Americans (believe it or not!).

Traveling makes you realize the impact America has on the rest of the world – both the good and the bad. If you help a community or have a nice conversation with a stranger, that goes a long way in cultivating a positive image of Americans. Why does this matter? The ripple effect of a positive image is far-reaching: it makes travel safer, improves trade and reminds us all that we are not so different from one another. Leaving locals with a positive impression by being friendly and culturally sensitive is micro-diplomacy in action!

How do you think gap year abroad will change over the next 10 years?

Julia: It is my sincere hope that in ten years taking a gap year will be the norm. Not that every student will take one, but that it will be as normal as going straight to college. The gap year is really gaining momentum so I can definitely see that happening.

I think in coming years we will see new programs offering specific skills learning opportunities for gap year students. For example, an engineering-focused gap year with hands-on training as well as a service-learning component. I would love to see the government run a dedicated gap year program so students can volunteer domestically or internationally while receiving an educational stipend they can use toward college.

Professional Associations

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