Our goal is to change your life

All of us working on the EF Gap Year team — whether that’s in the USA or abroad — are committed to making sure you have the best experience of your life. Here are just a few of the team leaders working behind the scenes to ensure your program’s success.

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Per Swedenborg

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Per oversees every aspect of our gap program. He was 16 when he took his first job with EF. Prior to assuming leadership of the EF Gap team, Per served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Strategy for EF Go Ahead Tours. “Travel is life-changing. I have already visited six continents in my life, and I hope to add the seventh in the coming year.”

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George Levesque

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

George is in charge of student and parent outreach in our gap year team. He joined EF 15 years ago, and was instrumental in establishing EF’s Girl Scout and College Study Tours programs. “I am proud of being a citizen of the world. I’ve been to over 100 countries, am fluent in French, and have taken my kids to the last four Olympics.”

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Sara Dahlström

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Sara has been crafting amazing hands-on learning experiences for EF travelers for 17 years. Though born on a small island in Sweden, she has lived and worked in Sweden, Spain, the US, Netherlands and Switzerland. “My first experience abroad was when I was 17. It changed my life forever. I’m now living in Switzerland, married to a Dutchman, and our children speak five languages.”

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Katie Sullivan

DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH

Katie works with the academic community to integrate gap programs into their guidance programs. She’s worked for EF for 11 years, most recently as a marketing director for EF High School Exchange Year. Katie’s travels have taken her to countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I didn’t get out of my comfort zone, travel the world, and get to know people from different backgrounds.”

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Johan Bergman 

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Johan creates the curriculum for our gap year program and runs the internship and leadership modules. Prior to that he developed a pre-university summer school for Hult International Business School. “As a Swede, taking a Gap Year to discover myself and explore my interests was the natural next step after high school. I took two! Now I am determined to grow the Gap-culture in the US so more young people can have the same opportunity to fulfill their full potential as I had.”

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Jacob Reuthammar

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Jacob arranges all the flights and transportation for EF gappers. Originally from Sweden, Jacob bring 7 years of EF flights management expertise to his role. He has traveled extensively in Europe, China, and North America. “Had I not forced myself to move to a different continent to go to college in the USA, I wouldn’t be enjoying the international career I have today. There’s so much to see and learn about people, culture and language. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out!”

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Toni Alongi

SENIOR GAP ADVISOR

Toni counsels students on how to build the right gap experience to meet their personal, academic, and career goals. She’s also worked as an EF tour consultant. Toni’s first trip abroad was to Barcelona her junior year of college, but she has since traveled throughout Europe, as well as to Peru and Australia. “My only regret in life is not traveling sooner! The minute I started traveling, my life truly began!”

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Sarah Lowe

GAP YEAR ADVISOR

Sarah advises students on which EF Gap program is the right investment in their future as a global citizen. She draws on her professional background in travel consulting, hotel management, and international tourism. She has been traveling abroad since she was a young girl. She values how engaging with different cultures has opened her eyes: “Your gap experience will allow you to engage in conversations you might not have, leading to many open doors throughout your life.”

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Matt Stanton 

GAP YEAR COORDINATOR

Matt prepares EF Gap participants for the amazing experience ahead. He brings over three years of experience to the role, having supported parents and students with their travel arrangements for EF Educational Tours. Matt’s first travels abroad were to England, France, and Spain with EF. He now wishes he had started exploring the world when he was a teenager. “If I had done a done a gap year before college, I would have found my career path sooner. My advice? Go for it now!”

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Advisor.

   

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