The Winterline Vision
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert A. Heinlein, in “Time Enough for Love”
Welcome to Winterline Global Education! We are a unique and innovative global gap, semester and summer program organization, offering high school graduates and young adults the opportunity to step out of the ‘rush to and through college’ and explore what they really want to do with their lives. We believe that high school graduates are much better prepared for college – and for a career – when they take the time to explore and pursue a wide variety of possible interest and skills.
Robert Heinlein, one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century, wrote the phrase at the top of this page in 1973. At Winterline, we continue to support the notion that capable and competent young people, in order to be effective in their lives, ought to be able to do a wide variety things: plan and cook a meal, manage their finances, sail a boat, speak in public, care for the young and the elderly, start a business, serve a customer, negotiate a deal, drive a car safely and change its tires.
This is just the start of what we teach; students on our programs acquire these skills and many more, delivered by some of the best and most qualified teachers around the world. And I mean, literally around the world.
Students gain their skills in multiple countries on several continents, understanding through it all that leadership, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and communication are first and foremost global skills, required of all young people today who are going to be successful in our ever more globalized world.
We have assembled a formidable team with the skills and expertise necessary to accomplish our vision of equipping an entire generation of youth with the global skills and competencies necessary to not only succeed, but to lead. Please take a look at our Team page and I think that you will agree!
We are pleased to be one of a select few gap organizations accredited by the Gap Year Association.
We have set our sights high. We want to impact an entire generation. We want a world with young people who are responsible, resourceful, and well equipped to face the future.
Please join us if you are a student; send your child if you are a parent; join our team if you have skills and want to make a difference in the lives of young people; and support us in any way that you have the time and means to do so!
Ready to travel? Gain real-world skills? Develop friendships that last a lifetime?
Risk can never be prevented but it can be managed.
Meet our team. We are passionate about global education.
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From the Founder
“Winterline is an idea that has been “a long time coming” as they say in America. We’ve been frustrated with higher education’s inability to give young adults relevant skills for their future careers. We’ve been taken aback by how little practical knowledge of the world-at-large high school graduates have, and their lack of the skills required to navigate it. And we’ve been especially surprised that even at the best institutions in the world, young people are rarely exposed to the realities of the jobs that they might expect to have when they leave those schools one day.
Since 2000, when a non-profit organization named the Winterline Foundation was first established to promote the idea of “global citizenship”, we’ve been thinking about many of these issues, and observing the ways in which people and programs have been trying
to address the topic of preparing students for the world in the 21st century. In 2012, we decided that there was a better way of doing things; and since then, we’ve been developing the infrastructure, partnerships and team in order to move our ideas into practice.
We are proud to have launched Winterline Global Education in 2014 as a new organization established with the mission of giving young people the skills, confidence, perspective, and resilience required to be successful, productive, and happy individuals.”
Winterline Global Education