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.


Chris Dunn


Chris heads up the leadership team for EF Gap Year. He has over two decades of experience in educational travel and global competency. Chris has previously served as Executive Vice President for EF Educational Tours and President of EF Ultimate Break. “Travel challenges perspective and fuels growth. By connecting with new people and cultures, you gain a better understanding of yourself and your place in the world.”

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Sara Dahlström


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


Katie looks after our marketing and communications plan. She has 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.”


C.J. Jeffries


CJ works with the academic community to integrate gap programs into their guidance programs. She brings seven years of related experience to her role, most recently as the Director of Undergraduate Enrollment for Hult International Business School. In college, CJ took a break from her business studies to take culinary classes in Florence—the start of her global career. She has since lived, worked and traveled in 15 countries. “Global exploration is a shortcut to self-exploration.  Don’t let fear limit your potential.”


Johan Bergman 


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.”


Jacob Reuthammar


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!”


Sarah Carey


Sarah supports EF Gap students throughout their program by helping them set realistic goals and an action plan for reaching them. Sarah studied abroad in Spain in college, where she developed a passion for travel. She has since visited 24 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. “Giving yourself time and space to explore the world and your interests in an unconventional way gives you a stronger sense of who you are, who you want to be and what options are available. You realize the possibilities are endless!”


Natasha Nathan 


Natasha prepares EF Gap students for the adventure ahead and helps them maximize their experience abroad. She honed her travel logistics and problem-solving expertise at EF Ultimate Break. So far, Tasha has explored 15 countries. Two of her favorites have been Portugal and Japan. “Being open to new experiences, cultures, and self-discovery is key.  Get ready for a beautiful and transformative time in your life – say yes to opportunity and just go for it!”


Toni Alongi


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!”


Sarah Lowe


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.”


Kyle Lightner


Kyle consults with students to customize the perfect EF Gap program for their needs. He draws on his past professional experience in the fields of global travel planning and youth leadership. Kyle’s first trip abroad was to Chile in college. It took him outside his comfort zone in ways that changed his view of the world: “I was able to appreciate the impact that food, music, people, and place have on the very foundation of culture. If you are wondering whether a gap year is for you, then the answer is most likely YES!”


Matt Stanton 


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 Consultant.


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