Why Winterline is Awesome: Skills-Based Gap Year Programs

By: Winterline | June 28, 2016
Topics: Gap Year Planning, Student Voices
The Winterline gap year is about giving students ownership over their education, giving them control of what they're learning, enabling them to be excited about what they're learning for the rest of their lives.

In this info-video, Susie and Ben from HQ go in-depth into how our programs work, where our students travel, and answer questions about preparation, applications, and scholarships.

The Winterline gap year is about giving students ownership over their education, giving them control of what they’re learning, enabling them to be excited about what they’re learning for the rest of their lives.

“Every day is extraordinary. Every day I’m doing something I’ve never done before. And that’s how I hope to live the rest of my life.” – Student, Molly, Boston, MA.

We’ve created a skills-based gap year program, giving students a chance to sample of a lot of different areas, figure out what their interests are, and become confident and competent in what they’re learning. You travel to 10 different countries over 9 months. The gap year program is a great chance to try a lot of different things. You can check things off and say, ‘Ok I tried that,’ and know whether something is what you want to pursue in college or in a career.

“I am blown away again and again by the Winterline program. Seeing the photos and reading the blogs makes me feel joy.” – Parent, Kate, Cambridge, MA.

We are looking for students who are eager and willing to try new things. Our gap year program is not in a classroom. After 13 years in a classroom, you won’t be at a desk. You’ll be learning in the field, getting certifications that may be applicable for jobs and school, as well as meditation, scuba diving, building a house. You’ll be traveling the world on your gap year. You’ll learn everything from personal finance to how to look a person in the eye when you’re talking to them. You’re going to come away with a lot of different skills that you might not even realize until after the fact.

We deliver our skills by partnering with top-notch organizations around the world, cherry-picked for quality and delivering the kind of experiential education we value. You’re not sitting in a classroom with someone telling you what to do. You’re out there, learning and trying different things, sweating, laughing, backpacking.

The skills we teach are practical, real-world skills. They are the focus of all Winterline programs. We want students to come out of the program with deliverable skills and be able to contribute to the world. Our focus is to make students both confident and competent, and those are two very different things. We want our students to be competent in a number of different areas. If you’re just coming out of high school, by the time you finish the program you’ll be entering college at a completely different level than your peers. You’ll have a better sense of what you want to study, as well as be on your way toward doing and being able to do those things.

Not all the skills are equally loved by every student. Sometimes a student will say, “Oh I tried that and I didn’t like it at all. And that’s just as valuable.” You might learn early on that perhaps you don’t like engineering, and that can save you years on the other end.

“I am going to be the best husband possible. I can do Thai massage, make beds, know how to be a butler, sew a button on an ironed shirt.” Student, Cole, Millwood, NY

In the end, you may even find that these competencies make you well-loved by many different people because of your new skills.

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