J2Guides

J2Guides

About

J2Guides, co-founded by husband-and-wife team Jason and Jane Sarouhan, is an innovative counseling service and educational platform that brings empowerment, affordability and expertise to the center of the gap year conversation. Jane and Jason are the only Gap Year Association accredited gap year counselors who have held every role in this field. Building on their 45 combined years in experiential education, J2Guides offers a tiered service that educates and engages students in articulating their goals, cataloging their resources, researching program options, and planning their gap years, all at their own pace and budget.

Reviews

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Jane
10/10
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
10/10
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
10/10
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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Julie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

J2Guides

Jane and Jason are not only consumate professionals but they are also super knowledgable about both overseas AND domestic gap year programs which has been especially helpful this year. I am super impressed by their company and recommendations and they helped my daughter navigate all the major steps of planning a gap year during a time when the rug literally got pulled out from all of us. By shifting to domestic programs, my daughter was able to find the right fit for her and is engaged and learning so much...THANK YOU J2Guides!!!

What would you improve about this program?
J2Guides is well organized and accessible for both students and parents and their vast knowledge about gap year programs means kids will be able to find the right fit for their particular interests
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Solly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Guidance and Growth with Explore and Plan the Gap!!!

Jane and Jason started by laying out a thoughtful and specific, yet flexible framework for my gap year. They shared many planning practices, from dreaming up ambitious ideas to budgeting and safety in foreign countries. Most importantly, they shared optimistic, but practical approaches for planning a gap year during Covid. And once I started meeting one-on-one with Jane, my progress skyrocketed! I’m especially excited about the spanish lessons I’m taking over Zoom, from a Peruvian language school.

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