This is not your typical gap year.
In 9 months, across 10 countries in 3 continents, you'll travel from the urban jungle to the wilderness, from mountains to the open ocean, from rich industrial environments to impoverished villages in developing nations.
You will learn how to build a house, cook a meal, manage your finances, sail a boat, speak in public, serve a customer, negotiate a deal, and drive a car safely.
You will learn how to help save a person's life when far removed from medical help.
You will develop skills in negotiation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and in team-building and leadership. You will learn how governance works, and will put it into practice on a day-to-day basis. You will be taught how to operate power tools and heavy machinery such as forklifts and tractors.
It will be the busiest, most challenging, constructive, fun and exhilarating year of your life.
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN
The Winterline Program builds consistently over the year. We begin with orientation and team building in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, where our students get to know each other and their advisors, and learn safety skills, how to work together, and many other preparatory skills. This unit is based around a camping and wilderness experience designed to give students confidence, skills, and camaraderie at the beginning of their adventure.
TRIMESTER 1: LIVING IN OUR WORLD
From the Rockies, we move to Central America, where our focus is the relationship between us and our physical planet, land and sea. The ocean, marine life, farming, permaculture, ecology and the environment will provide the background and basis of this unit. Sailing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving are only part of the many skills learned in this unit. Independent activity segments allow exploration of many activities and locations as well.
TRIMESTER 2: CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES
After the unit concentrating on the physical world, we move to Asia to bring our travelers to issues of human society, community, and commerce. In Cambodia, Thailand and India, you will learn skills in how to deal in multi-cultural societies, be exposed issues of rural life and urban migration, culinary arts, hospitality, and care-giving. This module brings students the range of human habitation, from remote villages to bustling mega-cities, and from deep poverty to great wealth.
TRIMESTER 3: BUILDING YOUR FUTURE
After leaving Asia we move to Europe and the United States. Having spent two thirds of our time on the world's physical environment and then exploring society and humanity in general, our last unit concentrates on the synthesis of skills and the personal development of our students. Arts and design, technology skills, manual skills, etiquette, business planning and finance, and personal communication are all part of this final unit.
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Last updated December 6, 2017