J2Guides

J2Guides

About

J2Guides, co-founded by husband-and-wife team Jason and Jane Sarouhan, is an accredited gap year counseling service that brings empowerment, agency, affordability and expertise to the center of your family's gap year conversation. Jane and Jason are the only gap year counselors who have held every role in this field: from gappers, to field instructors, to executive directors. Building on their nearly 30 years in experiential and international education, J2Guides educates, inspires and engages students in articulating their goals, defining their budgets, researching program options, and planning their gap years, all at their own pace and budget.

Reviews

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Meghan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptional Guidance

Jane and Jason of J2 Guides are a power team when it comes to the world of gap years and experiential learning. As a college counselor, I have come to rely on their wealth of knowledge and years of experience. They are my first call when I have a question or a family is interested to learn more. In addition to their deep understanding, I greatly value their pedagogy as they are teachers first, ever relational and always listening so they can help kids be highly intentional with their gap time, achieve their goals, and ultimately learn more about themselves through their gap experience. They are the best!

Pros
  • Thoughtful
  • Personal
  • Supportive
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Travis
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

J2Guides Provides An Exceptional Experience for All!

I had the honor of working alongside Jane and this program as an educator. We brought a number of my high school students to Belize for what became a very formative experience for all of us. Jane and J2Guides organized and facilitated everything with professionalism and pure tact, from our travel itinerary to homestay environments to daily schedule and trainings. My students loved the program and returned to school, not only full of great stories and adventures, but changed. It was clear that they experienced tremendous growth and adopted a new sense of themselves, one another and the world around them. The students' time with Jane and J2Guides would end up, in the years to come, influencing many of the decisions they made, and the lives they pursued. Jane's expertise, combined with her collaboration style and extremely thoughtful down-to-earth approach to curating an exceptional experience is something that has continued to have affect on me and resonate in my own career as an educator and as a person. I wholeheartedly recommend their program and consultation for any school, family or individual.

Pros
  • Organization
  • Training
  • Support and guidance throughout experience
Cons
  • Program was too short (that was our fault, not the fault of J2Guides)
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Jane
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptional Guidance from J2Guides

J2Guides provided exceptional guidance to two of our children -- both of whom enjoyed stints abroad. I can't speak highly enough for the value they brought to the challenge of filling a year with vigorous, expanding experiences. A gap year is a gift of time to explore and experience the world focused on growth and adventure. J2Guides allowed our sons to capitalize on their opportunity and make the most of every week of their gap year. We are so appreciative of and grateful for the knowledge and resources Jane provided to our family.

Pros
  • Independence
  • adventure
  • Safety
Cons
  • Covid restrictions that caused plans to change
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Andrew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Year Advising

Jane provided fantastic advisory services for the planning of my gap year. I don't think I could have ever found the programs that suited me so well without her. She took the time to really get to know me and my parents, understand our respective goals for the year, recommend appropriate programs, and made sure my experiences were the best possible in every way. I spent the first half of my gap year in Ireland with Irish Gap Year and the second half doing service work in Hawaiian villages with Carpe Diem Education. I was pushed beyond my comfort zone in both programs but because Jane got to know me I was confident my experiences would be safe and successful. My parents and I can't say enough about J2 guides except that everyone should take a gap year before college and everyone should use their services. They are the best!

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Kelly
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experienced and Professional Gap Year planners

Jane and Jason are incredibly knowledgeable and have a well thought out guide to Gap Year planning for students and families. We used their services this year for our son and loved the curriculum and materials provided for a thoughtful and meaningful experience tailored to meet his (and out) needs. Their knowledge of both domestic and international programs is extensive and I value that they do site visits and have personal relationships with the programs. They are thoughtful and compassionate in their approach and are able to meet students and parents where they are. I would highly recommend using their services!!

Pros
  • curriculum
  • guidance
  • vetting programs

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