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Engage your heart and mind and challenge your assumptions on an IPSL Gap Year program!

We get it. You're ready to leap but which way should you go? After your achievements in high school (congratulations!) there are so many doors to open it can be overwhelming! 

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself”

-David Mitchell

There is value in taking the time to explore and open your eyes to something completely new. That's where the IPSL GAP Year Programs come in. Do you want an adventure, to serve others with love, explore new lands while also being fully supported and setting yourself up for a head start in college? Join us for an experience you will never regret or forget. 

Learn inside and outside the classroom

The world is a big, beautiful classroom waiting for your participation. IPSL students learn from exploration, volunteer service, struggling with a new language, trying new and different foods and finding their way in a new city and culture. These methods of learning are just as valid as learning within a classroom's four walls. And, rest assured, you will not be falling behind---in one semester you can earn anywhere from 6 to 15 college semester credits! Expect to spread your wings, challenge yourself, succeed beyond your wildest dreams and, most importantly, gain the confidence you need to forge your path in life, wherever that path may lead.

Staying for Tea: Serve with Love and Open your Eyes to Others

There is no better way to connect than to see through the eyes of others.  Spending time (as we like to call it "staying for tea") is the basis of relationships and intercultural understanding. You can experience all of this on an IPSL GAP Year program. What better work can we all engage in than "staying for tea"?


What can your smile and a helping hand say about you? IPSL is about reciprocity, humility and compassion. We never purport to know what is best for others, nor what others want or need.  We can only strive to approach volunteer service with ethical awareness and openness.

Believe us when we say you will get much more from serving others than they will get from you,

but who's counting?

Be supported in your journey

When you are in a new environment, culture and (most likely) learning a new language, you need help and advice from those who know the local conditions best. On IPSL programs, you will have support from our US team as well as our in-country team which will enable you to gain independence step-by-step as you acquire knowledge and familiarity with your host country.


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