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 making a movie… you’ll try new things, meet different people, see amazing sights. 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: Rockies

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Navigation

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Photography

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Hiking

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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. A wilderness experience will help you get to know your fellow travelers, set goals and learn to work as a team, all while acquiring a series of preparatory skills.

You will enjoy a thrilling adventure in a spectacular setting, while developing the teamwork, communication tools, leadership skills 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
  • Hone your hiking, navigation, and camping skills in breathtaking Wind River Range, Wyoming with our partner NOLS. 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.

  • 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.

Partners

NOLS

YMCA of the Rockies

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

Winterline Gap Student, 2016

Skills (View Full List)

First Aid

Hiking & Backpacking

Navigation

Map-Reading

Outdoor Skills

Group Facilitation

Team Building

Interpersonal Communication

1st Trimester: Central America

LIVING IN OUR WORLD

We all engage with our planet and environment every day. But during these 12 weeks, your relationship with the Earth will change. You will experience its natural diversity, marvel at its beauty, learn to respect its might. You will travel from cities to tropical environments and from the ocean to lush bamboo groves. You will explore parts of the world that others may never see. You will thrill to the adventures it offers. And rise to its challenges. All in some of the most unspoiled places anywhere in the world. While in Costa Rica, you’ll practice living responsibly in the tropics by participating hands-on in its working systems.

The First Trimester concludes with a one-week self-selected activity that includes a home stay with a local host. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn and love in this unique and beautiful area of the world.

Highlights
  • Are you a learner, a problem solver, an adventurer, and a creator? Learn to be the best version of yourself.

  • You’ll have the chance to choose your own adventure and  independently explore your interests focusing on anything from organic coffee production to nature tours in the Cloud Forest or GIS mapping.

  • Spend time on the water, in the water and near the water. Sea kayaking, swimming, and studying tropical tree frogs.

Costa Rica

Panama

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Spanish Conversation

Cooking

Cross-Cultural Communications

Scuba Diving

Ocean Safety

Sea Kayaking

Sailing

Marine Ecology

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Scuba Diving

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Livestock Care

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Sea Kayaking

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Marine Ecology

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Partners

Earth University

Rancho Mastatal

Monteverde Institute

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2nd Trimester: Asia

India

Thailand

Cambodia

CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES

“Culture” includes all the things that make us human – art, language, cooking, customs, knowledge, laws, religion, clothing. In Asia, you will explore human society, community and commerce. You will discover how people live together in rural and urban settings, in great wealth and crushing poverty. You will get hands-on and create a film in a real Bollywood studio. And you will experience the exceptional hospitality of a boutique hotel, and learn how to deliver it yourself, explore regional culinary arts and care-giving. All on the world’s largest continent, all through a cultural lens of spectacular diversity.

Highlights
  • You will learn hands-on how to cook with Thai spices such as lemon grass, coriander and kaffir lime.

  • Work hand-in-hand with healthcare professionals in India.

  • Master the art of conflict resolution and self-care.

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Hospitality

Thai Massage

Cooking & Culinary Arts

Rural Health Practices

Bicycle Maintenance

Conflict Resolution & Mediation

Sewing

Documentary Filmmaking

Partners

Bai Pai Thai Cooking Academy

Ecole Paul Dubrule

Whistling Woods Film School

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Sewing

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Massage Therapy

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Filmmaking

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Culinary Arts

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

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3rd Trimester: Europe/USA

ITALY

AUSTRIA

CZECH REP

GERMANY

USA

BUILDING YOUR FUTURE

You’ve experienced the natural world, you’ve witnessed the diversity of human culture. Now you will turn inward – to personal development and life skills, designed to give you a foundation for the life you want. Explore art and design, technology, business, manual skills and personal expression. Build. Create. Innovate. Be a gracious host. Drive defensively. Know how to handle conflict. And then wrap it all up with a final Independent Study Project that you design, plan and com- plete. From here, you can go anywhere.

Highlights
  • Make masks, and get an introduction to glass blowing in Venice.

  • Learn control, safety, and emergency braking from experts at the BMW Driving Experience in Germany.

  • Work with the local startup community Boston, gaining experience in everything from idea generation and market analysis to budgeting and planning for growth.

“Winterline was my top choice. The selling point was the number of different countries I'd be traveling to and its focus on real-life skill building.”

CALLIE S., CHICAGO

Skills (View Full List)

Glass Blowing

Entrepreneurship

Public Speaking

Robotics

Etiquette

Safe Driving

Personal Finance

Independent Travel

Partners

Ca’macana

BMW – Driving Experience

Orsoni

Holzbau Bildungzentrum

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Robotics

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Safe Driving

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Diplomacy

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Personal Finance

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Program At A Glance

Program

Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program

Date

September 13, 2017 - May 12, 2018

Where
Rocky Mountain, US, Central America, Asia, Europe
Deadlines

Early application deadline April 15, 2017

Final application deadline July 15, 2017

Itinerary (Download full itinerary here)
  • Orientation, Rocky Mountains, US Sep 13 - Oct 2, 2017
  • 1st Trimester, Central America Oct 3 - Dec 4, 2017
  • 2nd Trimester, Asia Jan 10 - Mar 14, 2018
  • 3rd Trimester, Europe/US Mar 15 - May 12, 2018
Skills

Outdoor Skills, Business & Career Skills, Life Skills, Creating & Construction, Media & Communication, Global Society & Leadership Skills, Caregiving, Technical Skills

Partners (Partial List)
NOLS, Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica, Comprehensive Rural Health Program, Whistling Woods Film School, Startup Institute, BMW – Driving Experience, Abatezanetti, Ca’macana, Holzbau Bildungzentrum, Orsoni
Accommodations

Tents, hostels, dorms, villages, cabins, hotels

Program Fee

$55,000 (all-inclusive)

Details & Schedule Subject to Change.

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Know Before You Go

The Winterline Global Skills nine-month program is equivalent to 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 Europe, and back to the U.S. again for the 3rd trimester.

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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