Latitudes Year Program

An immersive gap year experience combining a group travel semester and an individual volunteer placement.

As a Latitudes Year student, you'll spend your first group semester enjoying a wide range of experiences and educational opportunities while engaging with multiple partner organizations in several locations.

Your second semester gives you the opportunity to deepen your educational experience in a more self-directed, independent manner. 

During your second semester, you'll work with a specific organization and community that reflects your interests. Rather than travel to multiple placements, you'll commit to a three month individual placement in one community, what we call a Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP).

By engaging in an FVP that reflects your unique interests and passions, you'll take a deeper dive into the world of service learning, community engagement, and cultural immersion. You'll develop meaningful relationships with your host community, enrich your world view, expand your cultural awareness, and develop a greater sense of independence.

Where We Travel

Latitudes Year FAQ

What countries can I travel to for my Focused Volunteer Placement?

Carpe Diem partners with organizations in over 20 countries, offering a diverse range of possible placements.

What are the benefits of choosing a placement through Carpe Diem Education?

Carpe Diem has done extensive relationship building with our FVP partners. The Latitudes Coordinator has consistent communication with you and the partner organization, helping to promote a positive experience for both parties. The Latitudes Coordinator supports you in a variety of ways, acting as a touch point for student questions or concerns, and doing regular check-ins as to your overall well-being.

Additionally, you have the opportunity to continue your path in experiential education, deepening your knowledge and understanding through:

  • Next-level cultural immersion
  • Language acquisition
  • Further developing travel skills
  • Increased cultural awareness/understanding
  • Enhanced self-awareness, maturity, and independence

You may also earn up to 36 college credits when combining a group semester with Latitudes.

What type of work experience can I participate in during my FVP?

Our partners and students engage in a wide variety of social and environmental activism.

A few examples of FVP placements include:

What will my living arrangements be like?

Each placement provides different types of accommodation. You may find yourself in a homestay situation, a dorm-style living arrangement on the premises of the partner organization, or in a local hostel. Your Latitudes Coordinator will be able to provide more details.

What's the general Latitudes Year timeline?

  • Mid-September to early December: Carpe Diem group semester
  • Mid-December to mid-January: Break
  • Mid-January: 3 day Orientation in Portland, Oregon (All Latitudes Students attend)
  • Late January-early February: Students depart to their FVPs
  • Early to mid-May: Students finish their FVPs

Program Details


1 group semester + 1 independent semester

Program dates

Latitudes Year 2019/2020
Group Semester
September 11 – December 4, 2019

Winter Break
December – January

Pre-FVP Orientation
January 21 – 24, 2020
(In Portland, OR)

Focused Volunteer Placement
January – April 2020

Group Size

First semester: 2 Overseas Educators and up to 12 students
Second semester: individual placement


Our typical student is between 17-22, though we sometimes work with students slightly outside that range depending on circumstances.

College Credit & Financial Aid

Learn more about: College Credit & Financial Aid

Language Requirements



Central America Latitudes Year - $21,900
East Africa Latitudes Year -$21,900
India Latitudes Year - $20,900
South America Latitudes Year - $22,300
South Pacific Latitudes Year - $23,900
Southeast Asia Latitudes Year - $21,300
Spain & Morocco Latitudes Year - $23,700

Program tuition includes a 3-day orientation in Portland, Oregon in January, 1-on-1 mentorship from a Latitudes Advisor, a customized Focused Volunteer Placement, $2800 project contribution towards the second semester FVP, all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, access to 36 PSU credits, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare, domestic airfare to Portland for orientation, and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at $3,400 - $5,600 for the year.


"The change I saw in myself was great, and I have Carpe Diem to thank for that!"

Latitudes Student

"I am always inspired by the meaningful and intentional connections CDE students make with local community members and cultures."

Overseas Educator

"Carpe wants you to experience everything that you possibly can in each country."

Latitudes Student

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