Gap Year Program

Are you prepared for life?

You’ll travel the world, visiting 10 countries over 9 months… you’ll learn 100 new skills, from defensive driving to scuba diving… you’ll try new things, meet different people, see amazing sights. You will make choices. You’ll be challenged, you’ll get sweaty, you’ll work hard. And at the end of your journey, your most important discoveries may be about yourself.

Orientation

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Storytelling

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Team Building

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Photography

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First Aid

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9 MONTHS
10 COUNTRIES
100+ SKILLS

LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN

Your gap year begins in the magnificent Colorado Rocky Mountains. Team building activities, a high ropes course and community dinners will help you get to know, and trust, your fellow travelers. You’ll set both personal and group goals and learn to work together, all while acquiring a series of important safety and preparatory skills.

You will enjoy getting ready for your thrilling adventure in a spectacular setting, while developing the communication tools, leadership behaviors and camaraderie that will set the stage for the epic experience of a lifetime.

It will be challenging. It will be exhilarating. And you’ll emerge with a new set of skills and a confidence you never dreamed possible. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Highlights
  • Get to know your fellow travelers. What makes them tick. What ticks them off. And what keeps them going.

  • Plan your journey. Throughout the program, you’ll explore every facet of your identity, and discover more about who you really are, and how you want to live your life.

  • Hone your risk management skills and learn basic first aid while enjoying the beautiful views and wildlife of the Rockies.

Partners

YMCA of the Rockies

“Winterline called out to me and I responded, "Yes."”

Winterline Gap Student, 2016

Skills (View Full List)

First Aid

Self Care

Navigation

Photography

Outdoor Skills

Group Facilitation

Team Building

Interpersonal Communication

1st Trimester

LIVING IN OUR WORLD

During this trimester, your relationship with the Earth and with yourself will change. It is a time to start building your independence and “getting comfortable in your own skin.” You will learn scuba, experience heat, group living, and homestays. You will be surrounded by a new language and practice a livelihood. You will experience natural diversity, marvel at its beauty, learn to respect its might. You will thrill to the adventures it offers. And rise to its challenges.

In Panama you’ll move beyond adventure to work with micro-businesses in the community, spend time at a research institute and an MIT Fab Lab, and work at a startup incubator in the City of Knowledge.

The 1st Trimester concludes with a self-selected Independent Student Project (ISP) that includes a homestay with a local family where you will immerse yourself in the culture and explore a wide range of projects.

Highlights
  • Spend time on the water, in the water and near the water. You will be kayaking, swimming and diving.

  • Work with startups in Panama, gaining resume-building experience in idea generation, market analysis, and planning for international growth.

  • You’ll independently explore an interest during apprenticeships including organic coffee production, nature tours in the Cloud Forest and GIS mapping.

Costa Rica

Panama

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Cooking

Cross-Cultural Communications

Scuba Diving

Ocean Safety

Kayaking

Social Entrepreneurship

Design

Public Speaking

Partners

Rancho Mastatal

ThinkImpact

Monteverde Institute

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FAQ'S

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Kayaking

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Scuba Diving

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Listening

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Social Entrepreneurship

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2nd Trimester

CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES

“Culture” includes all the things that make us human – art, language, cooking, customs, laws, religion, clothing. During the second trimester, you’ll master conflict resolution and explore human society, health care and commerce. You’ll discover how people live together in rural and urban settings. And you’ll engage in a trek high in the Himalayas, where you’ll learn outdoor survival skills and connect with local communities.

Next, depending on the travel path you select at enrollment, you will train in the art of movement with Phare Circus and explore the culinary arts of Asia, or if you select Rwanda, you’ll engage in hands on work with local micro-businesses, women’s cooperatives, and sustainable energy programs. Both paths embark on a second Independent Student Project to wrap up the trimester.

Highlights
  • Master the valuable art of conflict resolution and self-care, important skills for life and career.

  • Engage in a wilderness trek in the upper Himalaya, where you’ll hone your camping and survival skills and connect with local communities along the way.

  • You will immerse yourself in the local communities. Whatever travel path you select, you will get outside the classroom to work alongside real people, learning real skills.

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Hospitality

Urban Safety

Hiking & Backpacking

Cultural Immersion

Community Economics

Circus Movement

Cooking & Culinary Arts

Self-Care

Partners

Hanifl Centre

Bai Pai Thai Cooking Academy

ThinkImpact

Phare Circus

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Social Impact

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Hiking & Backpacking

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Navigation

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Thai Culinary Arts

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“Thank you for showing me that it's okay to be myself. You gave me the courage to be me.”

Moises

3rd Trimester

CHOOSING THE PATH TO YOUR FUTURE

You’ve experienced the natural world, you’ve witnessed the diversity of human culture. Now you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into your areas of interest, designed to give you a foundation for the life you want.

You get to choose where you go and what skills you learn! One path will explore art and design, technology, presentation skills, and personal expression in Europe. The other will travel through Africa and engage in community development and resume-building social empowerment programs that will give you a better understanding of career and academic possibilities. You will build. Create. Connect.

Both paths wrap up with a final Independent Study Project in Europe that you design, plan, complete and present. At the end, we host a graduation for you and your family to mark your accomplishments. From here, you can go anywhere.

Highlights
  • Are you a learner, a problem solver, an adventurer, and a creator? Become and embrace the best version of yourself. And learn how to tell your story in a way that inspires and connects with others.

  • Experience the thrill of speed and learn control and safety from the experts at the BMW Driving Experience.

  • Choose your skills. Choose your travel path. Along the way you’ll test your independence and embrace adventure.

Skills (View Full List)

Glass Tile Art

Robotics

Urban Agriculture

Community Relations

Photography

Safe Driving

Independent Travel

Public Speaking

Partners

Ca’macana

BMW

ThinkImpact

Orsoni Glass

“I’m capable of more than I knew. Now, after finishing Winterline I feel like I can do anything.”

ELAINE

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Safe Driving

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Networking

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Art/Mask Making

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Technology

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Program At A Glance

Program

Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program

Date

September 11, 2019 - May 5, 2020

Where
Two Travel Paths Available:
American Rockies, US, Central America, Asia, Europe
Or
American Rockies, US, Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe
Deadlines

Early Application Deadline April 10, 2019

Final Application Deadline June 1, 2019

Extended Application Deadline September 1, 2019

Age Requirements

18-22 years old

Itinerary

Students select one of two Global Skills Gap Year Program travel paths upon enrollment. Download a sample itinerary for each travel path.

  • Orientation Sep 11 - Sep 30, 2019
  • 1st Trimester Sep 30 - Nov 23, 2019
  • 2nd Trimester Jan 19 - Mar 15, 2020
  • 3rd Trimester Mar 15 - May 5, 2020
Skills
Real skills for the real world: Outdoor Skills, Business & Career Skills, Life Skills, Creating & Construction, Media & Communication, Global Society & Leadership Skills, Caregiving, Technical Skills, Independent Living Skills
Partners (Partial List)
Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica, BMW, Ca’macana, Orsoni Glass, Grasshopper Adventures, Monteverde Institute, ThinkImpact, City of Knowledge, Paddle Panama, Phare Circus
Accommodations

Tents, hostels, dorms, villages, cabins, hotels, homestays

Program Fee

$55,000 (all-inclusive)

Details & Schedule Subject to Change.

College credit and scholarships available
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Know Before You Go

The Winterline Global Skills spans nine-months and is the equivalent of two semesters at a private liberal arts college – though we believe you'll get much more out of your experience with us than you will out of a year of college!

The price breakdown is as follows:

  • Tuition and program expenses

    $25,000

  • Food and accommodations

    $15,000

  • Travel and related expenses

    $15,000

  • Total

    $55,000

Students are expected to arrange their own travel to and from the program.

For the winter break of the nine-month gap program, Winterline will fly all students from Central America back to the U.S. At the end of the winter break, Winterline will fly all students from the U.S. departure city to Asia at Winterline’s expense, then to their third trimester selection, and back to the U.S. again for the end of the program and graduation.

Adventurers Wanted

The Adventure of Your Lifetime

Is Winterline for you? Are you someone who is adventurous (or wants to be)? Who is open to new experiences, interested in meeting new people and willing to challenge yourself, your ideas, your pre-conceptions? Then you’re the one we want.

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