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Gap at Glen Brook

About

Gap at Glen Brook is a place-based program for gap students that nurtures your sense of purpose through community living and a personal connection with the natural world. We offer a 10-week fall semester program and 9-week spring program that integrates place-based apprenticeship tracks. All that we do surrounds ideas of inspiration, independence, and involvement on a year-round educational campus, forest, and farm.

Founded
2015
Headquarters

35 Glen Brook Rd.
Marlborough, NH 03455
United States

Enrollment Open Now!

Enrollment is open for Gap at Glen Brook's Fall 2019 semester. Secure your place for an autumn living with purpose, in community, and close to the land.

Reviews

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap at Glenbrook was the most profound experience of my life so far. Even now, only a few months out of the program, I cannot find the proper words to describe how I was changed. Truthfully, I look at the world differently now. The staff at Glenbrook are incredible, and are so incredibly passionate about their work that simply watching them do-what-they-do one can learn. Glenbrook has a perfect mixture of learning practical skills with ones hands, in the great outdoors, and using our focus and intensity to drive us forward academically. Indeed, the best paper I have ever written I wrote at Glenbrook. Gap at Glenbrook challenges everyone who arrives, and fosters a certain curiosity that has not left me even as I have finished my gap. Overall, I cannot recommend Gap at Glenbrook enough. Gap at Glenbrook is for anyone who wishes to truly grow in a way they have not grown before, to learn in a way that they have never learned, and to have genuine experiences that will shape the rest of their lives.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change a thing about the experience I had.
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Phoebe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap at Glen Brook changed my life, and I know that sounds cheesy. The curriculum taught me to think deeply about my life and self. The physical location brought me closer to the earth. I felt and still feel nourished mentally, emotionally, and physically by the people I met and the way we lived. I wish that I could have stayed forever!! After completing the program, I reflected on my experience for a long time, and I still am. I think that is a really important thing about this program, the way that I feel like it has never left me, and how I think about it all the time. I will never forget Spring Gap and the community and love it gave to me.

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Sofie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring Gap at Glen Brook was not only the perfect end to my gap year, but also the perfect beginning to a new way of exploring the world and my place within it. The Glen Brook community is composed of THE most nurturing and passionate educators - I walked away from this experience with a full (more accurately, brimming over) toolbox of knowledge, as well as lifelong friendships and memories. The Gap curriculum and community co-created an entirely new way of living for me: one that embraces intention, gratitude, and challenge. Connections to and stewardship of the land - whether this be through farming or a solo in the woods - cultivated deeper connections to and stewardship of myself. I would not have been able to access this anywhere else. Glen Brook is family!

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Alec
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap at Glen Brook was a pretty amazing experience for me and got me to really expand my appreciation toward my surroundings almost all the time as well as viewing the world and the nature of life in unique ways. Our three ringleaders, Jake, Alison, and Leon, and every other staff, were all so amazing. They really know how to run a gap program and work around obstacles as they come up. The organic farm Glen Brook is based on offers an almost daily culinary experience with a writing and woodworking course. The beautiful forest surrounding the property and Glen Brook lake has a nice trail system and provides a spot for entertaining team building activities. Two activities us rappers used to make friends with one another and get settled in the program was the backpacking trip to Mt. Adams and the four night canoeing trip up in Maine.

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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From being a Gap student at Glen Brook I came to appreciate the place on a whole new level. I felt so thankful to have an abundance of resources available to me, such as hiking trails, the lake, the wood shop, and a garden filled with delicious vegetables. We were taught real life skills that will not only be helpful to us in our college years, but way beyond that. We were challenged physically on the ropes course, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, wood working, and farm chores. We were challenged mentally through our writing and philosophy classes and our daily discussions about the world and social dynamics. It wasn't until after the program that I realized how much I had grown as a person through these experiences. Having a balance between work and down time allowed for personal reflection and thought about my future. Gap at Glen Brook was so rewarding and special. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a productive program to participate in during their Gap year.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Samuel Wilson Hinkley

Sam is an explorer always looking for the next adventure. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, and camping. He loves traveling, but also makes time for enjoying the here and now.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose Gap at Glenbrook because I wanted to do something unique for my Gap semester. I knew that I wanted to do a gap that would be both exciting and learning intensive. I did not want to be one of those people who doesn't do anything with their semester or even year. I knew that, if I was going to do a gap, I wanted to do something where I would be able to learn in a "non-traditional" way.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Gap at Glenbrook assisted me by making the interview process very easy. The process begins with an online form that makes you really question the "why" of your Gap. Further, they give a list of everything you will need during your gap with them at Glenbrook. The only thing you really have to do on your own, is prepare yourself and head over to Glenbrook.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The one piece I would give to anyone going into Gap at Glenbrook is to keep your mind totally open and try everything that Glenbrook offers. The people at Glenbrook are great and will absolutely push everyone to give their best everyday, but no one will make you do anything you don't want to do. If you keep an open mind, and do as much as you can during your time at Glenbrook, I promise that you will get everything out of it that you can.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program evolves during the time that you are at Glenbrook, but for the most part your day is spent outside. Glenbrook follows what they term the "low-tech" diet, which is extraordinarily refreshing considering we live in a world of constant technological stimulation. The day is spent going to workshops, Socratic seminars, helping out on the farm, and enjoying the New Hampshire wilderness. The weekend is more on the Gappers, and many weekends we went into the neighboring town of Keene to watch a movie, get some food, or visit the shops.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

While Gap at Glenbrook is a domestic program, I did have some fears going into Glenbrook that are completely natural. It is always hard meeting an entirely new group of people but the staff and the opening programs make it very easy to bond with the fellow Gappers. I was able to meet so many varied people from all over the world, and make real lasting friendships. Overcoming the fear of meeting new people is what really helped when everyone lives together and works together. It certainly helps form tight bonds between everyone.

What singular experience had the greatest impact on you?

Near the end of Gap at Glenbrook, the Gappers choose their own "Deep Dive", which is essentially a project that gives back to the Glenbrook community, and leaves our mark on the land. Me and 3 other Gappers embarked on expanding a field for cattle, and building a fence with the felled trees. During the course of 2 weeks, we felled 333 trees using only axes and saws, and using a technique showed to us by a friend of ours and Glenbrook, and created a brush fence 475 feet in length. I learned that with the proper tools, mindset, and hard work, your goals are within reach. Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but because of this idea we did something none of us could have imagined doing mere weeks before we actually did it.

Staff Interviews

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

Alison Sever

Job Title
Former Co-Director
Alison came to Glen Brook after several years of running back-to-back international trips with high school and gap students in Latin America and East Africa. She grew up enjoying the outdoors of New England in canoes, in hiking boots, and on backcountry skis.

What is your favorite travel memory?

playing music on the streets

This is a hard question! High on my list are jamming on the Malecón in Havana, Cuba; bringing my own family to my Tanzanian host family's home on Christmas Day; or watching, in silence, two volcanoes erupt in front of the sunrise in Guatemala.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Arriving at Glen Brook has enabled me to live the rooted lifestyle I was missing in travel. I love being able to wake up in the morning and go for a long walk in the woods, to really get to know our piece of property, and to be free from the constant coming-and-going mindset of travel. I feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our organization is embedded within the greater community of Camp Glen Brook, which is an organization deeply rooted in tradition (they've been around since the 1940s!) and currently host to some incredible and multitalented individuals.

We all care about the well-being of our community, so as a practice, we come together to play games, or to work on projects like clearing brush or wood-stacking for the winter.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that communication from the heart and an openness to creative ideas are both essential qualities in a successful company.

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