The Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program travels to 10 different countries over 9 months, where students learn 100 new life skills while traveling the world with their best friends.
Thinking about taking a gap year too?
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
THE CONCEPT OF A GAP YEAR PROGRAM IS STILL NEW FOR MANY STUDENTS. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE IDEA OF TAKING A GAP YEAR?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE A GAP YEAR?
I wanted to take some time off the books before going to college to find my passion and grow more as a person by traveling the world.
WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?
I’m really excited about learning how to interact with people from all over the world and their different cultures to understand and master the proper way to approach people and connect in the best way possible, attain a bigger perspective about life, and finally, and most importantly, how to live each day at its maximum.
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
I want to study political science with a minor in history. I’m very interested in the field of education as well.
HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
I’ve traveled a bunch to North America and some countries in Europe. My favorite trip ever was when I visited one of my best friends that lives in The Basque Country near Bilbao for a month. He lived with me for a year as an exchange student and as soon as he left, I went to visit him. I met his beautiful family and visited many different places that I could have never imagined ever visiting. I learned about the Basque culture and got the opportunity to do the last 13 stages of The Santiago Trail with the first stage starting on my 18th birthday. It was a fascinating experience.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?
I hope to gain lifelong friendships with the people I’ll be traveling with and meet during the trip. I want to deepen my perspective on the world and blend into new cultures.