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Verto is revolutionizing the first year of college to help students find purpose, discover the world, and be successful in their college career (and life). Traditionally, students in the U.S. graduate high school, and many immediately enroll in college or university.

Verto is an opportunity to travel the world, while completing your university degree in four years. It’s a “gap year” without the gap. Across the globe it’s common for students to take a year between high school and college to travel the world, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and coming back with a new sense of independence, ready to tackle their university courses.

Reviews

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Jamie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I always have felt that I can really roll with a lot of changes. This trip has definitely assured this of myself in my own mind. Although the traveling was consistently long and arduous, to the best of my ability I kept a level head and allowed myself to enjoy everything that the trip had to offer. I have to say that I absolutely loved this trip, not only was the experience incredibly valuable, but it also changed many of my hopes and dreams for the future. Because of this trip I now want to go into an environmental field and maybe even become a Rustic Pathways leader for a few years. Overall though, the people are what made the trip. The leaders, teachers, and other students were all such amazing people who I hope to keep in contact with because without the amazing people, I doubt I would have been able to handle all that was Verto Education South Pacific.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice wouldn't necessarily be for the students on the program but more for the students looking into the program. While I give Verto Education a glowing endorsement, make sure you do some self-reflection before doing a semester abroad with Verto because undue negativity and constant complaining stemming from ill-preparedness can lead to the ruination of the trip for not only yourself but also the group at large.
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kelissah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This semester not only gave be the incredible opportunity to see the world, build relationships, and life experience, but gave me the educational side that most gap programs do not offer. This program gave me adventures such as sky diving, white water rafting, and meeting and learning about the indigenous people and their culture. Within this program, experiential learning was applied, and this gave me the opportunity to see the effects of global warming in person, and the visual of what I had been learning in class, seen in real life. While doing a reef survey on the island on Beqa in Fiji, I had reminded myself that this was my freshman semester of college! I would not trade this experience for the world, and will continue to recommend this program for years to come.

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adrian
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our first leg of the program in Fiji was a little hard at first mainly because we were with new people, in a very new surrounding, and thousands of miles away from home - to many the first time being away for so long. Our program leader and our teachers worked with what they were provided and made the most of it although it was hard a times. Sometimes they didn't know what the schedule plan was because it was so fluid so coming up with a plan on the spot for that many kids is hard. The leads is so young and joyful that it made coping with the tough situations better, we saw him as more of a friend than our leader. The next two countries were more similar to the states so everything from the bat was a lot easier. We adjusted to our surroundings very well and were active and cooperative throughout the NZ and Australia. The key component to making this trip work so smoothly, however, were the two leaders Ben and Eliza who literally ran the show with a smile on their faces 24/7. They woke up hours before we did and planned our meals appropriately throughout the day and had sleepless nights some days to ensure that we had all that we needed the next morning. Not once did they complain, and very few times asked for our collaboration just so that we could have all the time to ourselves that we wanted.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
be prepared to be on the move constantly and staying in rustic locations without the accommodations we're used to at home - its all part of the experience.
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Bianca
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Verto is a unique opportunity which allows young adults to travel while getting college credits at the same time. I got to explore parts of the world I wouldn’t have dream of seeing in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. The culture in these places made their mark on me; I gained different perspectives on my own life. Having a small group of around 13 students made the experience socially exhausting- yet VERY rewarding. I was glad that I was able to be comfortable with my classmates, privacy was something I realized I took for granted at home. Everyone is going on the same trip together, yet we all had different experiences. What could be better than getting college credits for doing field studies in places like the Great Barrier Reef? I learned a lot about the world, and myself, on this trip.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have packed my bag so much lighter! Living out of a duffel bag for three months is challenging, and while on the trip, I realized I had over packed. It would have been a lot easier if I had space to keep the gifts I bought for everyone at home.
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Chris
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As parents, Verto offered an unparalleled and crucial experience for our daughter as she launched her academic career. Over the past three months, she lived in two countries, was part of a vibrant community of students and teachers, and learned about her passion for environmental studies through hands-on experiences and professionals in the field. Through all this and more, she has gained independence, confidence in her ability to keep up with the rigors of academics, and a greater hunger to learn more and make a difference in the world. While she was away, Verto Education regularly gave us updates with great photos(!) and had her safety and well-being as a priority. We would not hesitate to recommend this program to others. Verto Education delivers as advertised! A great freshman year, indeed.
Christy Tull and Bill Tijerina

Programs

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US visitors, meet us in person!

  1. Saturday 22 February
    Davis, CA Gap Year Fair
    Davis Senior High School
    Fair:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Presentation:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  2. Sunday 23 February
    Danville, CA Gap Year Fair
    The Athenian School
    Fair:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Presentation:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  3. Tuesday 25 February
    Palo Alto, CA Gap Year Fair
    Gunn High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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