GAP YEAR PROGRAM

FIND YOUR PASSION, DISCOVER YOUR PATH

 

Join us for one semester or two. Visit two countries or four. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will include three key components: Service, Cultural Immersion and Adventure Travel.

 

Not Gap Year? Looking to join a  shorter-term summer or school break trip? Click here to register for service trips.

SERVICE

IMMERSION

ADVENTURE

Additionally, each segment will have a specific learning concentration. In Latin America, there will be language instruction and development (no Spanish prerequisite). In South Asia, there will be a focus on self-discovery and personal growth.

two continents. four countries.

countless adventures.

COSTA RICA

GUATEMALA

INDIA

VIETNAM

Our Gap Year volunteers spend their service hours working with children, on environmental management and supporting community development. There is an emphasis on deep cultural immersion through meaningful travel, home visits, cultural activities, language classes and group discussions.

Perhaps most important is the time they spend with our local Young Dreamers. These local teens are scholarship students in our global service and leadership program called Young Dreamer Network. Together, the local Young Dreamers and the Gap Year participants will develop friendships, exchange ideas and work to develop solutions for community challenges. It is an opportunity not just to collaborate, but to truly understand what life is like for a young person in rural Guatemala or central India. It is a lens into another culture that will fundamentally impact your perspective on the world!

experience of a lifetime

“I would recommend this program to anyone looking to find themselves and to become more confident in themselves.”

Tyler

Gap year 2015-16

“The Dream Volunteers Gap Year Program gave me an awesome opportunity to explore the world and gain a perspective most students could not otherwise gain. The experience was worthwhile for me and I would recommend it to any graduating students because the hands on experience is an excellent way to see the world.”

Olin

Gap year 2019

“If there is one thing [I hope to] remember, it is that life is a lot cooler when you’re experiencing it firsthand and extraordinary things happen when you realize time is precious!”

Kelly

Gap Year 2016-17

“The Dream Volunteers’ Gap Year was the right choice for me because it helped me grow out of my comfort zone and it gave me the opportunity to see how many different cultures live and thrive in their own communities.”

Gianna

Gap Year 2019

“Participating in the Dream Volunteers gap year program was an amazing experience that allowed me to step far beyond my comfort zone. As a result, I became a more independent, resourceful, and conscious person. It taught me the importance of giving back to my community and sparked my interest in the environment, which is the reason I have chosen to study Environmental Studies, along with Mathematics in college. If it wasn’t for this program I wouldn’t feel nearly as prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Zara

Gap Year 2019

“This experience has made me reevaluate my role in the world. I carry the memories of the people I have met with me everywhere I go.”

 

Allegra

Gap Year 2015

“Experiencing the different cultural aspects of Guatemala really broadened my world view. We were encouraged to step outside of our comfort zone during the trip and because I did that I felt that I became a much better person. I am so thankful for Brian and the Dream Volunteers organization for providing me this opportunity. It is definitely an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.”
Harry

Gap Year 2017

“These trips immerse young adults like me in diverse cultures and inspire us to take initiative and develop passions against racial, gender, and social inequalities. By immersing myself in different cultures and backgrounds it reminds me of the many communities our world is made up of. It is not only important to make a difference in these local communities, but also essential to bring this passion of change to our home communities.”

Perry

Gap Year 2017

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