Thinking Beyond Borders • www.thinkingbeyondborders.org • Worldwide • Service, Language, Study • Semester or Year • $19,000 – $39,000
TBB programs are specifically designed to provide a complete educational experience including a service project, language and study, and living with a host family. . While each component is a valuable learning experience on its own, the powerful nature of each program is the result of completing the entire itinerary and curriculum. The curriculum is specifically designed to give students a snapshot of the interplay between governments, economies and social systems throughout South America, Asia, Africa, and the US.
TBB’s Global Gap Year programs include language courses to give a basic introduction to local languages. TBB’s Gap Semesters include intensive language study leading to exceptional language acquisition. These skills allow students the independence to meet their basic needs and interact with others to learn more of the local language. Applicants do not need to meet a minimum language requirement, though it is important that they make a commitment to learning new languages and engaging across language barriers.
Successful applicants to TBB programs can demonstrate two things: 1) their passion for learning, and 2) their commitment to making change in their communities. Any student is eligible who is between 17 and 20 years old and has not passed more than one academic year between high school graduation and enrollment in a TBB program.