10-week Gap Semester in Latin America
Calling all Changemakers: this program is perfect for impact-driven adventurer who wants to experience sustainable lifestyles all over the world. Travel to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galápagos, working with locals in these communities to address the global challenges they’re facing while exploring the ecosystems they’re trying to conserve.
Fly to sunny San Jose, meet your cohort, and attend Orientation at the UN’s University for Peace, then ravel to the Arenal Region to volunteer on an organic farm. Explore Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast while working on sea turtle conservation projects.
Cross the land border into Boquete, where you’ll zipline through the lush greenery of the highlands and explore one of the preeminent coffee-growing regions of the world! Spend time in Panama City engaging with urban environmentalism and visit the world-famous Panama Canal.
Journey to Ecuador to experience the country’s hot springs, rainforests, white water rapids, waterfalls, and, of course, the Galápagos Islands! Spend time with a Kichwa community learning about their culture and traditions.
Here's why a life-changing EF Gap experience would benefit you.
Bailey T. EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019, University of Texas Class of 2023
My EF Gap Year helped me find my purpose and solidified what I want to do with my future. I’m excited to really chase what I’m after, to stop thinking that it’s a dream when it can be a reality, and to work as hard as I can to get there; I’m excited for college now because I have all of these stories and ideas for what I want to do with my future.
Diego O. EF Gap Year Class of 2020, Parsons School of Design Class of 2024
I was able to use my improved Spanish skills in Costa Rica. Service affected me deeply and translated into my future career path—now, I want to look at my future as much more purpose and philanthropy-based.
Sara S. EF Gap Semester Fall 2019
My EF Gap Semester was one of the best times of my life; it was structured but free, and an experience that I got to make the most of. I gained a lot and grew immensely as a person because of my gap semester.
Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have so you can start planning your best year yet.
For U.S. students 18–22.