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.

ACADEMICS

Spanish language class
  • Study abroad semester in Europe with student housing
  • Field research, internships and Spanish in Costa Rica
  • Semester live-aboard sailing and environmental program
  • Three months in three countries focusing on global issues
  • Language school and cultural immersion in Japan
  • Self-designed academic semester with tutors in England
  • Design and architecture summer course at a U.S. college

ANIMALS

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

ART

Studying tingatinga painting technique
  • Hands-on, traveling art history program in Italy
  • Film-making courses in New York, Los Angeles and London
  • 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.
  • Sculpture, jewelry, and painting classes in New Zealand

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Volunteering with children
  • Partnerships with grassroots NGOs in Ecuador
  • Hospital placements in India, Tanzania or Mexico
  • Computer and IT training in rural communities in Asia
  • Sports, health, and women’s programs in Africa
  • Outdoor education center positions in the U.S.
  • Construction and teaching projects in Fiji
  • Reforestation & clean water projects in Latin America

CONSERVATION

Sailing and marine biology program
  • Field research studying ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad
  • Marine biology and sustainability in the Caribbean
  • 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

CULTURAL IMMERSION

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
  • Coach English to a family in France, Italy or Spain

INTERNSHIPS

Medical internship
  • Intern at a gallery or museum in Europe
  • 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

OUTDOOR & WILDERNESS

SCUBA certification
  • Semester outdoor leadership courses worldwide
  • Courses in wilderness survival and emergency medicine
  • Ski/ snowboard instructor courses in Canada and Europe
  • Leadership and outdoor education semester in Costa Rica 
  • Craft-oriented wilderness education program in the U.S.
  • Mountaineering and avalanche course in Alaska
  • Surfing, sea kayaking and service program in Ireland

SPIRITUAL

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
  • Farm-to-table and reflective program in New England
  • Volunteer work at a spiritual community in Scotland
  • Internship at a Tibetan Buddhist studies center in France

SKILLS TRAINING

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.
  • Design, natural building & construction in the U.S.
  • Cooking courses in France, Italy and England
  • Martial arts and Mandarin in China

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