Services, Process & Fee

Educational travel in Cuba What it is that you want to do on your gap year? What are the most reputable placements? Which of those are best suited to you?  Will you have peers or support? How do you budget? What are your health or safety concerns? How does it all fit together?

Planning a meaningful, productive, safe and enjoyable gap year takes time, strategy, experience, and a lot of question-asking to discern the opportunities that are best suited to you. Interim brings 70 combined years in the field and behind the desk to help you design, research, and implement a customized gap year that addresses and supports all of your ideas and criteria.


Our comprehensive services and expertise include: helping to draw out your unique interests, goals, abilities, concerns, and resources; making customized, high-quality referrals that best suit your requirements; recommending strategies to choose and combine options to create the most effective, safe, and satisfying gap year; supporting you throughout your gap time with advice, new options and resources as needed; welcoming you home with opportunities to debrief your gap time and prepare for your next transition.

As your gap year counselors we have many valuable roles, including:

  • as your Researcher, we locate and vet programs on your behalf, drawing from our database, site visits, student feedback, and ongoing outreach;
  • with the volume of options available, we are your Filter, sending you highly targeted options in manageable portions that best suit you
  • as Strategists we continuously revisit and examine with you the placements, your budget, and goals to ensure that your gap year is on-track with your criteria;
  • our role of Mentor supports you throughout the challenges, changes, and successes of your gap year:
    • before you leave, we will have as many meetings as are needed to help you decide upon, apply to, and prepare for your gap placements;
    • once you are on your gap year, we check in regularly to offer ongoing support and conduct additional program research if needed;
    • upon your return, scheduled phone calls and feedback forms help us to debrief your experiences and evaluate the quality of your placements, as well as our services.

Process - Getting Started

Anyone who is interested in a gap year is offered a free 90-minute consultation with one of our counselors. This meeting is designed to give you a thorough introduction to our expertise, and the ways in which we may be able to best support you, without any initial cost or commitment on your part.

1. First complete our Interest Sheet so we can start to get to know you and research your interests prior to our first meeting.

2. We will then contact you to schedule our free, no-obligation 90-minute consultation which takes place by phone, Skype, or in-person. At least one parent is required to join the meeting if a student is younger than 21 years old. Engaging in this session does not obligate you to work with Interim; it will, however, give immediate shape to your ideas. Our Massachusetts and New Jersey offices work with individuals of all ages, nationwide and abroad.

3. In our 90-minute consultation we will:
  • offer you details on how Interim works;
  • answer your questions and concerns about taking a gap year;
  • review your Interest Sheet in greater detail;
  • help you determine and prioritize goals for your time off;
  • suggest options that suit your interests, budget, and timeline;
  • wrap-up with a written outline of possible gap year programs and scenarios.

4. There is no obligation to work with us after your consultation. As you consider our services, we are happy to provide references upon request and you may also enjoy reading some student and parent Testimonials.

Fee - $2,800

  • Interim's fee is due if and when you decide you would like to work with us following your free 90-minute brainstorming session;
  • Our one-time, non-refundable fee is good for a lifetime of personalized, professional service for each individual who signs on;
  • We offer sibling/family discounts;
  • We provide a number of need-based scholarships each year;
  • We do not receive any money from programs for our referrals; if they offer it, we ask that they put it toward a reduction of our students' fees for that program;
  • Programs fees and travel costs are not included in our consulting fee.

Interim has been doing gap year counseling work longer than anyone else in the U.S. and we are highly practiced at assisting families through the gap year process. We have visited numerous programs on-site, know most program directors well, and can offer program feedback from our over 6,800 alumni. Our lifetime service supports those individuals who continue to check in with us for ideas as they move through summers, breaks in college, periods between careers, and retirement. We are committed to providing you with the best service we can and as much support and follow up as you request and/or require.

Ready to get started?

Fill out our Interest Sheet for a free 90-minute consultation or Contact Us with general inquiries.
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