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?
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?
WHAT SKILL ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN?
I think I am very interested in all the skills. However, the skills that interest me the most are all outdoor activities. This is because I’ve been a very outdoors person my whole life, in recent years specifically I’ve had the opportunity to practice several outdoors activities. The first to come to mind is scuba diving, this is an activity that I really enjoy and would like to learn it as a skill.
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
In my professional career, I want to become an entrepreneur as ideas are what passions me in life. Since I was very young I’ve been fascinated by simple ideas that now form large businesses, as a result, I’ve been very productive on thinking ideas of my own, I have several to form start-ups in the future. To follow my passion I want to study in a business orientated school that will teach me the necessary resources to reach my dream.
HAVE YOU TRAVELED BEFORE? IF SO, WHICH TRIP HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
In 2016 I participated as a volunteer in Ostional, Costa Rica. The mission of the volunteering program was to preserve and help sea turtles in the Pacific ocean. To complete this objective we had to help the sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach and take care of the baby turtles. This was my favorite trip as its the most satisfying experience of my life, I am a very animalist person as I am inspired by animals. In addition, I also met a lot of people in the program, some of which I’ve developed very strong relationships.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN FROM YOUR GAP YEAR PROGRAM AND WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD?
In the program, I hope to become an independent and mature person. I also want to develop new relationships within and outside the program, I want to open my mind to new cultures and know new people around the world. Finally, I want to develop all skills as deeply as possible and feel a profound feeling of satisfaction at the end of the experience.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FUTURE WINTERLINE PEERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I want my future peers to know that I am a very down to earth person, I can describe myself as a very friendly and social person, usually never get angry, but will sometimes tell people off if they are doing a wrong thing. I am also a very communicative person and love to meet new people, I will always be trying to talk to somebody as I can barely keep my mouth shut. I am also a huge fan of soccer, as usual, I will do anything to watch the games of my team. Finally, I really like hip-hop and rap music, but you will have to put up with my Colombian music playing at full volume.
Before knowing about Winterline, no other gap year program interested me, as all were too specific and superficial. I feel that Winterline is the only program that included many different activities, all for the purpose of teaching young adults on the principles of life, which is the only implication that will successfully prepare someone for the real world.
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