Winterline Global Education

Winterline Global Education

About

You'll be in a new place almost every week, learning a new skill, experiencing new things.

Winterline Global Education offers skills-based gap year programs. On our program students travel the world for 9 months, where they visit 10 countries, and learn over 100 skills. Winterline programs allow young people to explore the world and their own interests and passions.

Are you ready to travel this fall? We still have a few spots open for our Fall 2018 Gap Year Program. Don't miss your chance to travel the world with us and learn new skills you never dreamed of.

Founded
2014
Headquarters

One Kendall Square
Binney St. Suite B4102
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

Choose your path!

Forge your own path. For the first time ever we're offering two options for our gap year itinerary! Travel with us this fall and you can fine-tune your own travel goals: the countries you see, the cultures you embrace, and the skills you learn. Not to mention, you can now earn college credit and use 529 funds for your gap year.

Reviews

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Elaine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I will always look back on my gap year with Winterline as one of the best years of my life. I learned so many new and helpful skills, learned things about myself and grew so much as an individual, and made friends that will last a lifetime. My favorite part of Winterline and something that is so unique about it compared to other gap years is the skills aspect of the program. I was able to learn and experience things, such as getting my SCUBA certification and learning how to surf- a sport I've wanted to try since I was a little kid, that I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise. One of the most important parts of learning these skill to me was not actually mastering whatever the craft itself was, but the sense of accomplishment and self-confidence I got from trying all these new things. By the end of the program, because of all the new experiences and challenges I'd persevered through, I knew I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. A big part of the self-growth I had during this gap year was the support from my friends and Field Advisors. The friendships that come from an experience like a Winterline gap year are so unique they're incomparable to other friendships. My group learned a lot about each other because we lived together 24/7 for 9 months, and because we were so far from home, we quickly become each other's support system. Winterline is not only a fun experience but also a great way to learn a lot and grow a lot as an individual.

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Savannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience gave me the oppoiurtunity to test my limits not only as a young person, but as an amputee. I would never have tried some of the things I’ve done; I would have been too scared. Which also means I would have never known my true capabilities. I wouldn’t have gained this new found confidence in myself. This program is truly for everyone who has the interest in travel. It’s something that I gained so much from and wouldn’t change for the world.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication is key, and the ability to communicate lacked sometimes on both sides. The most important thing is that you are always vocal.
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Alice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was such an amazing program and will forever be one of the best years of my life. I am so grateful to have gone on this adventure and if you’re wondering what program to do for a gap year, winterline is by far the best option. The friends and memories I’ve made mean so much and I’m so lucky to have Beene with people who let me grow and let themselves grow. We all came back a little different and a little stronger. Winterline fostered such a strong community and I’ve never had a group of friends who know me as well as the my cohort.

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going on this program nearly changed my life. I grew up traveling with my family and thought that I was going into this program already quite cultured; little did I know I knew NOTHING. This program taught me how to be a global citizen, how to communicate and be patient with other, but most importantly, it taught me the importance of humanity. Winterline helped me explore new hobbies, learn new languages, and explore places I never dreamed of exploring. There are a million reasons why this program impacted my life, between the people I’ve met and places I’ve roamed, but I think what stands out the most is the support I got from total strangers. The people on my trip (including my field advisors) ended up becoming a whole new family for me. I will never forget biking 25 miles through the major temples of Cambodia or jumping waterfalls in the middle of the belizian juggles. The memories are endless and I have nothing but appreciation and love when looking back on this expierence. Saying I missed Winterline would be a complete understatement.

What would you improve about this program?
The only advice I have on improvements would be more chances to be independent.
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Anna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My gap year with Winterline was the best year of my life. I made incredible lifelong connections, saw incredible places in the world, and I went on an introspective journey and learned much more about who I am and what I want out of life. It was also a really challenging year, but because of the challenges I faced, it was more rewarding. If you have the opportunity to go on Winterline, you owe it to yourself. It is the best decision I've made in my life!

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes rooms were a little packed, which resulted in not feeling like I had a lot of personal space. I've spoken with the program and they're making housing more of a priority in the future!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Savannah Grace Pallazola

Savannah is a nineteen-year-old from Massachusetts who just recently graduated from Winterline Global Skills Gap Year program and was previously a Culinary Arts student at a trade school. She is a rock climber, a swimmer, and a musician; and she just so happens to also be a bilateral AK (above-the-knee) amputee since the age of two years old.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Winterline because I had never traveled before, but was aching to see the world. It was certainly presumptuous of me to believe that I would be mentally, emotionally, and physically okay with traveling to a new location every week. Though it was a risk, I had this image in my mind of what it was going to be like: laughs and wild adventures with amazing new friends and rainbows and waterfalls and epic-ness never before experienced on such a level. I couldn’t pass up my opportunity to have that. I should mention that what I gained from the nine months I spent abroad was so much more meaningful than the utopia I pictured off the bat.

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

The program staff gave us a packing list and our itinerary. Winterline is an all-inclusive program. We were responsible for our bags, food was either provided every day or we were given per diem money, and we didn’t have to worry about flights while on the program. However, we were responsible for our flight to where the program began (the first was the Denver airport) and our flight home (from Houston, TX)- then our flight after winter break (to LAX) and our flight home after graduation (from Boston, MA).

I’d like to add that students are allowed to sign off program if they wish (and are typically encouraged to). Say you’re in Austria and you’d like to travel to a different country on your rest day; take Slovakia for example. You are required to sign off program to do so. You’re responsible for yourself for your time away. This makes it so you can even spend a night somewhere (like if programming is in Venice, Italy, you may be able to go to Florence for a night). Another thing to note is our Independent Student Project (ISP). This is something we work up to from trimester one, all the way to tri 3. It is one week of solo travel that each student has to go through with. We’re given $1000 and we are to plan, budget, and carry-out a week of learning a new skill in a country of our choosing (in Europe). This is just something I think one should keep in mind.

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

I would advise anyone taking a Winterline gap year to give every little, tiny, minuscule thing your absolute ALL. The more you put into this program, the more intentional and open you are, the more you will gain. You are building confidence every step of the way and if you think for one second it’s just going to appear on graduation day, you’re wrong. That said, just jump in. Be kind, too. People are what make a place special and if you aren’t respectful, you’ll really just end up hurting your own experience and you'll really miss out on some really unique human connections.

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

There are three types of days one could have on Winterline: a rest day, a core day (ISP prep, paperwork, even interviews sometimes), and a partner day. Partners are what makes Winterlines. These are the people or associations that teach us skills. Robotics, Scuba Diving, mask making, farm work, etc. A prime example of this is our first independent project that took place in trimester three in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Each student stayed with a homestay family. Out of many choices, I worked on a coffee farm. I woke up every day at 7 to have breakfast with my host family, grab my taxi to the farm at 7:45 to be there by 8. Typically, you’d be with the group waking up and eating breakfast together and leaving together, led by your field advisers (holding your hand through it). This time, I was responsible. Each day, I learned a new element in the process of producing coffee. Each partner is unique and interesting, trust me.

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

My biggest fear abroad was my big, solo travel extravaganza. I was terrified to wake up and catch that train to the airport in Munich. Terrified of checking my bag and terrified of going through security, and finding my gate, and boarding the plane, and landing, and getting my bag, and getting a taxi to the women I was staying within Seville, Spain. I was scared of the classes I was taking and exploring alone and eating alone and looking alone and feeling alone.

Then just as I imagined it, I did it. But instead of my hands shaking the whole time, they were still. I haven’t been able to explain it up to this point. The fear just went away, after achieving each step of the way. After getting off the train in Munich. I was just okay after that. Then, suddenly, I was on my flight to Prague to meet back up with my group and it was over. But I did it. And I’ll do it again.

Can you tell us your overall experience going to this program?

From scuba diving in the Caribbean and working on farms in the rainforest, to traveling by train in Mumbai and walking the notoriously hectic streets of Bangkok and Phnom Penh, I have done so many things as an amputee and a “child” and a female- things people wrote off for me before I got the chance to consider them as options myself, but things I did nonetheless. I transferred the things people didn’t think I should do to my bucket list.

I’d like to mention that I had never traveled before. I felt like I had something to prove, which is a mentality that left me frustrated when I fell down or when I needed help up a railing-less staircase. I felt like I had to be everything at once, 100% of the time, and that just isn’t possible. Traveling is important; it liberates a person and it reconditions how they view the world. But everyone has their days, and you can’t expect the entire journey to be a straightforward path to glory and epic-ness. However, you can choose, every morning you wake up and wherever that may be, to thrive.

Staff Interviews

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

Ashley Delehunt

Job Title
Director of Student Services

Ashley is a true adventurer at her core. She has worked for Winterline as a Field Advisor for the 2016-17 Global Skills Program. In her current role as Director of Student Services, she works closely with all students and families in preparation for the year and providing on-going support throughout the program. When outside of the office, Ashley is likely to be on a multi-day excursion rafting, biking, or hiking in the Southwest.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I was in traveling in Cambodia with a group of 17 students and my co-staff. We had visited the temples of Angkor Wat the day before on bicycles. This was a really fun way to get around and see a lot of the temples in a day. However, my favorite moment was returning to Angkor Wat the following day to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat temple.

I arrived in a tuk-tuk with one other person at the very early hours of the morning. While it would appear very busy at the temple with people lined up with cameras to capture the moment, everything around me was fairly quiet and peaceful. Why this memory has stood out to me was the fact that everyone was so calm, truly taking in the present moment, observing the sunrise in such a sacred and beautiful place. It is rare to be around so many people while feeling so much stillness and peace.

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

Working for Winterline has opened me up to more self-reliance and self-discipline. While I am part of a team, I often work solo on projects. I have learned to rely on myself, to trust my intuition, and to be comfortable making decisions that impact my role and work with students. I work remotely from home and have been given more autonomy and freedom in my day to day work, and through that, I've developed greater self-discipline. One way that shows up is in setting my own priorities with projects and "to-dos", and creating uninterrupted space to work on those.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One unique aspect of our program is the Independent Study Project. For this project, students spend a week in Europe learning a new skill. It is a completely self-designed and executed project, where students come back sharing so many great stories and growth moments.

One of those stories was from a student who chose to bike pack through Italy. She told the story of getting lost while biking and realizing she had to turn around after she had descended a very long downhill section of road. This student talked about not only the physical challenges of bike packing but also the mental challenges and how she overcame those in pursuit of learning a new skill and expanding her comfort zone.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I have had the opportunity to travel to 10 different countries with our students as a Field Advisor on the Global Skills Program. Winterline is newly offering a "Choose Your Path" option that allows students the opportunity to choose between different itinerary options, one is to travel to Africa. I am intrigued and curious by this option, to travel to South Africa and Rwanda and be exposed to a variety of new skills and community. I would choose this option for the chance to see new places in the world and because of the focus on community building. This is a skill I believe can apply to so many avenues in my life, and I imagine I'd be really inspired by what I learned, to implement positive change in my home community.

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

Working for Winterline is unique in that we are a smaller organization which allows everyone to have a voice and work closely together. We are always striving to create the most fulfilling and well-rounded program for our students. This means that we seek and implement feedback from our field staff and students to understand their experience in more depth and find ways to better what we do year after year.

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

I believe Winterline is successful because every person on our staff is passionate about our student experience, excited about travel, and values the change and personal growth that comes from hands-on learning experiences. We strive to take education outside of the classroom and into the hands of all our students, introducing them to a variety of new real-world skills.

More Interviews

US visitors, meet us in person!

  1. 6 January
    Scarsdale, NY Gap Year Fair
    Scarsdale High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  2. 7 January
    Brooklyn, NY Gap Year Fair
    Brooklyn Friends School - Upper School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  3. 8 January
    Fairfield, CT Gap Year Fair
    Fairfield Ludlowe High School
    Fair:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Presentation:
    6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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