Staying Engaged In The COVID Era

Written By, James Simmons The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic changes on an individual, community, and global level. Each of us has experienced at least some degree of change to our social and familial relationships, as well as having to make adjustments to our educational and/or career options. Many have personally experienced the effects of COVID-19 firsthand; others have loved ones who have suffered due to the pandemic. We… Read More

Reflections On Life As An Overseas Educator

Written By, Doug ZaidemanLearning To Trip LeadBecoming an Overseas Educator (OE) with Carpe Diem wasn’t something that I always knew I wanted to do, in fact, I hadn’t even heard of formal gap year education programs until after I had already made my way through school and had the opportunity to travel internationally for the first time. During a trip to Southeast Asia, I would meet student groups… Read More

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Latitudes Year Placement

Written By, Doug Zaideman Taking a Latitudes Year with Carpe Diem allows you to build upon experiences you had during your group semester, carrying those skills and lessons learned over to an independent gap semester spent volunteering for an international organization, a Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP). In addition to where Carpe travels during group semesters, our Latitudes Year programs partners with organizations in over 20 countries worldwide.  Finding A… Read More

How To Make Your Gap Year More Sustainable

Thinking about the impact your gap year abroad has on the planet?  We are too.  From international flights, to travel gear, to the types of activities you do, the products you consume, the businesses you support, and the places you visit while taking a gap year… the choices you make have an impact on communities, environments and economies.  There is a lot to consider!  Is it possible to take a… Read More

Reverse Culture Shock After a Gap Year: 10 Ways Parents Can Help

As our groups return this week, we know families are excited to welcome students home and proud of all of their hard work over the past months. Taking a gap year is a transformative journey and you may think the experience is over: the truth is, some of the hardest work has just begun. As students grapple with reverse culture shock, it is important that they feel supported so… Read More

The Importance of Reverse Culture Shock: An Alumni Perspective

Photos and article by Carpe Diem Alumni Evangeline Scazzero If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve already been poisoned. Poisoned by what your parents call “the travel bug,” what your friends call “you’re so lucky,” and what your college advisor will eventually call, “put down the study abroad pamphlets.” Full disclosure, I have also been poisoned. Yet here I am, still alive and well. I’ve survived it all.… Read More

Gap Year Advantages and Disadvantages

Thinking about taking a gap year after high school?  Or maybe you’ve started college and are wondering if participating in a college gap year program abroad is still something you want to do?  Perhaps you’re weighing your options between a gap travel program, gap year volunteering, gap semester programs or another experience, like study abroad?You’re not alone!  We meet students all the time who are interested in gap year… Read More

My Gap Year: 3 Students Share Their Gap Year Insights

Deciding to take a gap year after high school or during college is a big decision! That’s why we asked some of our gap semester program and Latitudes year alumni to share their experiences with you.    Introducing…Alex, Emily, and Patrick!    CDE: Hi, everyone! Let’s start with an easy question. In which gap program did you participate? Alex: Latitudes Year: South Pacific group semester, and FVP in San… Read More

Should I Take a Gap Year? : 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Transitioning to College

I was a high achiever in high school, I had a 4.0, IB diploma and I got into my first choice school in the Ivy League on the other side of the country. I didn’t think twice and I headed straight there without a doubt in my mind. Once I got there, however, I realized I had no idea what I wanted to major in, I wasn’t sure how to… Read More