The experience in the southwest changed my life forever. It was exactly what I needed and taught me so much about releasing my expectations. I learned an incredible amount from the beautiful people on the journey and can only be in deep gratitude to Carpe Diem for providing such an amazing and blessed experience.

- Abby, Indigenous America Fall 2012

The experience of living on the reservations and getting a firsthand education on traditional Indigenous cultures and modern issues the tribes are being forced to cope with or to resist is not something one can accurately learn about through a textbook or a classroom. Simply listening to a Native voice and hearing the inflections of pain, anger and resilience regarding certain topics is enough to give a student the chance to learn about what really matters to numerous peoples who have been forced to fight to protect their way of life for centuries and who remain strong in the face of all hardships which have been cast against them.

- Thomas, Indigenous America Fall 2013

Possibilities seem more possible to me and my life feels like my own to lead. I never thought I would travel in Latin America and now I want to go to every country within it. This is not a phase in my life, Carpe has truly changed who I am, allowed me to encounter my essence and live more fully and truthfully.

- Katie, Latitudes Central America/Peru

I worked in the Amazon cutting down banana trees, ate Colombian street food, danced on rooftops with new (now lifetime) friends, learned Spanish well enough to be able to develop relationships entirely in another language, adopted the practice of Yoga into my daily life (and have never felt better...), participated in traditional, Amazonian medicine ceremonies and learned to cook incredible vegetarian food... and, in the process, I have gained more confidence and clarity than I could have ever imagined.

- Julia, Latitudes South America/Columbia

I am certain, anyone who does a Carpe Diem gap year will come out more mature, more humble, and with a better understanding of the world and the opportunities we take for granted every day. For the rest of my life I will Carpe Diem, and share it with those around me. -Tom, Latitudes

- Tom, Latitudes

Carpe Diem was the most amazing time I have had in my life. This is where I really came to know myself as a person, I may have learned a lot about other countries and parts of the world, but in the end I learned about myself.

- Christine, South Pacific

I have felt such deep, unconditional love in this family, this awesome community. Every moment and every crazy experience in India felt so meant to be and I am so grateful to have shared this with these friends I love. All of this will be in my heart as I travel on my own and go home.

- Phoebe, India

This is such a beautiful chance to grow and learn with a traveling community while interacting and with the wide world around you. You will change, learn, laugh, and grow while experience some of the most beautiful places and people the world has to offer.

- Tate, South Pacific

My experience brought me closer to the person I truly want to be and instilled in me a desire to travel and learn that could not have been gained through high school or college alone.

- Frances, South Pacific

Every day of my life is is better now that I am looking through the lenses of a nomad.

- Emily, Central America

The Carpe Diem Experience

Learn how to get outside of your comfort zone.

Here at Carpe Diem Education we know that incredible amounts of growth occur after high school and recognize moving straight across the conventional academic timeline doesn’t always allow for this. Whether you feel burnout from the classroom-based approach or are searching for more, our programs offer fresh, hands-on experiences all over the world. We push you outside your comfort zones, focus on personal development, immerse you into new cultures and more. With access to college credit and financial aid you can do all of this and stay on course with the typical four year college trajectory. After the Gap Year experience, our students have more clarity and passion, a stronger sense of self, and a more global perspective. Therefore, they tend to thrive in whatever they endeavor afterwards, be that a four year university or a career path.

Why take a Gap Year?

Our top reasons to enroll in a Gap Year.

Learn how to be independent, self-reliant, and overcome challenges.
Find yourself and discover what’s important in life before most people do.
See what’s beyond your comfort zone and show you aren’t afraid of taking risks.
Take a breather and reevaluate priorities if you’re burned-out or want to avoid burning out.
Become a citizen of the world and enrich your cross-cultural awareness.
Experience global adventure in your prime.
Meet new kinds of folks, make new friends, and acquire some serious people skills.
Make time for the things you couldn’t in high school, and catch up with the real you.
Learn outside the classroom to find what you love before starting college—and improve your college performance.
Strengthen essential job and life skills while building your resume in exceptionally creative ways.


Through a dynamic and holistic curriculum, Carpe Diem students are challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and learn about themselves and the world around them through our hands-on learning process.  With an emphasis on experiential learning, each program is designed to actively engage students and challenge them to contextualize their experience through reflection.

For students that are looking to expand upon their in-country learning through a more formalized academic curriculum, we are proud to offer a wide range of college courses through our local partnership with Portland State University.  We believe that this integrative approach to learning engages the mind, body, and spirit of our students, while providing opportunities to cultivate their passions and strengths.



Regional Semesters (3 Months)

Tuition + Room and Board: $9,900-$14,900
Program fee includes all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, and international health insurance for the duration of the program. Airfare not included

Latitudes Year (8 Months)

Tuition + Room and Board: $19,700-$23,600
Airfare not included