Sample Programs

The following list of opportunities, separated into 10 categories, is just a fraction of the 6,500+ options that Interim has researched, vetted, visited, and/or referred students to since 1980. See also our Sample Scenarios for examples of how Interim students have combined different experiences and interests during their gap time.

Older gappers should visit the Mid and Post Career page for more information.


Spanish language class
  • Study abroad semester in Europe with student housing
  • Language study and homestays throughout Latin America
  • Semester live-aboard sailing educational program
  • 7 countries in 7 months focusing on global issues
  • Language school and cultural immersion in Japan
  • Self-designed academic curriculum with tutors in England
  • Design and architecture summer course at a U.S. college


Caring for injured sloth
  • Work with sled dogs, horses, and injured wildlife in Canada
  • Wildlife conservation and research throughout Africa
  • Volunteer at a penguin or monkey sanctuary in Chile
  • Tag sea turtles and do beach patrols in Costa Rica
  • Support care for elephants in Thailand
  • Volunteer at a panda reserve in China
  • Work at a cattle station in Australia


Studying tingatinga painting technique
  • Sculpture, jewelry, and painting classes in New Zealand
  • Hands-on art history study in Italy
  • Film-making courses in U.S. and Europe
  • Classes in ceramics, metals, and glass-work in the U.S.
  • Theatre programs in the U.S. and Italy
  • Semester fine art program in Italy or Greece
  • Jazz, rock, guitar, and percussion classes in the U.S.


Volunteering with children
  • Work with homeless, street children in Ecuador
  • Volunteer in rural clinics and hospitals in India, Tanzania or Mexico
  • Bring computer and IT skills to rural communities in Asia
  • Support sports, health, and women’s programs in Africa
  • Volunteer at outdoor education centers in the U.S.
  • Construction and teaching projects in Fiji
  • Reforestation & clean water projects in Latin America


Sailing and marine biology program
  • Field research studying ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad
  • Marine biology and sustainability in the Caribbean
  • Join a conservation crew in a national park in the U.S.
  • Sustainable building at an experimental farm in Costa Rica
  • Conservation travel program in New Zealand and Australia
  • SCUBA certification and research in Fiji and Mexico
  • Volunteer at a nature reserve in a cloud forest in Ecuador


Student and homestay mother
  • Spanish, adventure, and service semester in South America
  • Cultural program in Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Study eastern languages, traditions, and religions in Asia
  • Build classrooms, teach, and travel throughout East Africa
  • Meditation, service, and trekking in Nepal
  • Live and teach at an environmental school in Costa Rica
  • Learn about the indigenous people of the southwest


Medical internship
  • Intern at a gallery or museum in Europe or New Zealand
  • Journalism or media internship in South Africa
  • Political internship at a government watchdog in D.C.
  • Web design and IT internship in Spain or Ireland
  • Medical internship in Costa Rica with Spanish classes
  • Intern at an outdoor adventure center in New Zealand
  • Internship in education and development in Africa


SCUBA certification
  • Semester outdoor leadership courses worldwide
  • Courses in wilderness survival and emergency medicine
  • Ski and snowboard instructor training in Canada
  • Leadership and outdoor education semester in Costa Rica 
  • Craft-oriented wilderness education program in the U.S.
  • Mountaineering and avalanche course in Alaska
  • Surf coaching and lifeguarding program in Ireland


Practicing yoga
  • Semester religious studies group program in India
  • Silent meditation retreat in the U.S. and Nepal
  • Program in Israel focused on Jewish studies 
  • Yoga classes and teacher training courses worldwide
  • Farming, wilderness and reflective program in New England
  • Volunteer work at a spiritual community in Scotland
  • Internship at a Tibetan Buddhist studies center in France


Guitar building
  • Guitar-building program in Europe
  • SCUBA and sailing instructor courses in Australia or Greece
  • TEFL training in Costa Rica, Thailand, or Spain
  • Recording arts program in the U.S.
  • Courses in design, natural building, & construction in U.S.
  • Cooking courses throughout Europe
  • Martial arts and Mandarin in China

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