Program Guide:

The Explorer, Fall 2023

September 8 - November 17, 2023

Day-by-day itinerary

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

Traveling smart

Pack two weeks’ worth of what you will need. You’ll have the opportunity to do laundry and you’ll want to leave room for souvenirs. Neutral colors and accessories make mixing and matching easy.

During your service projects, you will be working hard outdoors, so bring clothes with you that you do not mind getting dirty. Out of respect for the local culture, we ask that you also please dress conservatively during your service project; this means packing items that will cover your knees and shoulders, and no tight or revealing clothing. Longer clothing also helps to prevent sun exposure and bug bites.

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.

Packing list
Budgeting guide

Country guides

Here you’ll find information, advice, and tips from EF about the countries you may visit as part of your Explorer semester.

Guided Exploration in Europe
Language & Culture Module
Service & Sustainability

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

Making the most of your program

To make the most of your time during your program, this section gives some helpful context and reflection questions. These questions are great ones to think about on your own, to journal about, or to discuss with a friend or in a small group. Make the most of your time during your program by spending a little bit of time each day—even as little as 5 or 10 minutes—doing conscious reflection!

Questions about your upcoming program?

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