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GAP YEAR PROGRAM

9 months. 10 countries. 100+ skills


EXPLORE NEW SKILLS

Not sure what you want to do in life? It’s hard to know without experience! It’s time to free yourself from the familiar. Stop studying and start learning.  On a Winterline Gap Year you’ll travel the world, visiting 10 countries over 9 months… you’ll learn 100 new skills, from defensive driving to scuba diving… you’ll try new things, meet different people, see amazing sights. You will make choices. 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.

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BE A TRAVELER, NOT A TOURIST

REAL SKILLS FOR THE REAL WORLD

How much time do you have? What are your interests? Whether you spend 9 days or 9 months on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, and develop real-world skills. And you’ll have an awesome time doing it. Your time with Winterline may be the most enriching educational experience of your life. You’ll learn new skills that you’ll draw on in the real world…at the same time you are exploring new countries, experiencing new cultures, and having new adventures. By the end of your journey some of your biggest discoveries may even be about yourself.

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START COLLEGE WITH A GAP YEAR

Did you know that 90% of students who take a gap year return to college within one year? Not to mention these students consistently maintain higher GPAs and graduate faster than students who don’t take a gap year. The time is now! Do you feel like you want to experiment and explore all your options before making life-altering decisions, like what to study or what you’d like to do for your career? A Winterline gap year might be the perfect fit for you.

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REAL SKILLS FOR THE REAL WORLD

How much time do you have? What are your interests? Whether you spend 9 days or 9 months on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, and develop real- world skills. And you’ll have an awesome time doing it. Your time with Winterline may be the most enriching educational experience of your life. You’ll learn new skills that you’ll draw on in the real world…at the same time you are exploring new countries, experiencing new cultures, and having new adventures. 

START COLLEGE WITH A GAP YEAR

Did you know that 90% of students who take a gap year return to college within one year? Not to mention these students consistently maintain higher GPAs and graduate faster than students who don’t take a gap year. The time is now! Do you feel like you want to experiment and explore all your options before making life-altering decisions, like what to study or what you’d like to do for your career? A Winterline gap year might be the perfect fit for you.

This is not your typical gap year. With Winterline you’ll travel from the urban jungle to the wilderness, from mountains, to the open ocean, and from rich industrial environments to impoverished villages in developing nations. From pitching a tent to pitching a business idea, you’ll learn vital skills on our gap year program. Challenge yourself--and learn what’s important to you--in some of the world’s most extraordinary places.

ORIENTATION: YMCA OF THE ROCKIES

Your gap year begins in the magnificent Colorado Rocky Mountains. Team building activities, a high ropes course, and community dinners will help you get to know, and trust, your fellow travelers. You’ll set both personal and group goals and learn to work together, all while acquiring a series of important safety and preparatory skills.

TRIMESTER 1: LIVING IN OUR WORLD

During this trimester, your relationship with the Earth and with yourself will change. It is a time to start building your independence and “getting comfortable in your own skin.” You will learn scuba, experience the rainforest, group living, and homestays in vibrant Panama and Costa Rica.

TRIMESTER 2: CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES

You’ll master conflict resolution and explore human society, healthcare, and commerce. You’ll discover how people live together in rural and urban settings. And you’ll engage in a trek high in the Himalayas, where you’ll learn outdoor survival skills and connect with local communities.

At the end of your second trimester, depending on the travel path you select at enrollment, you will head to Cambodia, or Rwanda, to learn skills specific to your interests. Both paths embark on a second Independent Student Project to wrap up the trimester.

TRIMESTER 3: CHOOSING THE PATH TO YOUR FUTURE

You get to choose where you go, and what skills you learn! One path will explore art and design, technology, presentation skills, and personal expression in Europe. The other will travel through Africa and engage in community development and resume-building social empowerment programs that will give you a better understanding of career and academic possibilities. You will build. Create. Connect.

"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

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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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