Program Guide:

The Changemaker: Fall 2024

Session 1: September 6 - November 15, 2024

Day-by-day itinerary

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Traveling smart

During the Service & Sustainability parts of your program, you will spend most of your time outdoors doing physical labor, so ensure that you bring casual, comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. Out of respect for the local culture, we ask that you please dress conservatively during your service project; depending on the project, you may not be allowed to wear tight or revealing clothing, shorts above the knee, tank tops, sports bras with nothing over them, or leggings. You will have less restrictions during the Guided Exploration portions of your program, but you should always keep cultural appropriateness in mind.

Whatever your personal spending habits are, it’s important to anticipate your expenses and budget accordingly so that you can travel care-free with more time to enjoy participating in your program. While many meals and activities are included during your EF Gap program, we want to help you build a realistic budget for additional expenses so that you can fully enjoy trying the local cuisine, participating in activities in your free time, and, of course, shopping for souvenirs to bring back home.

Pre-departure checklist
This checklist will help you keep track of all the different tasks you need to complete prior to departing on your EF Gap program. In this section, you can also find relevant links to things like the Portal, your pre-departure webinars, and entry requirements for the countries on your program. If you see anything on the checklist that you have questions about, check in with your advisor!

Packing list
Budgeting guide
Destination-specific packing tips
Pre-departure checklist

Country guides

To make the most of your time during your program, this section gives some helpful context on the places you’re visiting. You’ll learn a litle bit about the history, culture, weather, key norms, and reflection questions.

Costa Rica
The Dominican Republic
Ecuador & the Galapagos
Social Identity Resources

Safety & Support

EF Gap Year is a key part of EF’s expansive global network. With a presence in over 120 countries, 52,000 staff, 600 schools and offices, and over 400 community partners our team has your back and is always available to help you succeed on your journey.

Your global support network
Questions about your upcoming program?

Your dedicated Gap Year Advisor is here to help every step of the way.