The Most Unique Year of College
on the Planet

A full academic year of experience, adventure & reflection to cultivate the whole person.  LEAPYEAR includes:

  • 10 weeks of group travel in India or Latin America,
  • a 3-month individual internship of your own choosing,
  • 2 months of intensive inner-directed retreats focused on navigating successfully into adulthood, career and job-readiness exploration, a curriculum of Life Skills Learning
  • formal and informal Rites of Passage, and
  • full accreditation & FAFSA financial aid
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"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist: it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die."
- John Taylor Gatto

"Nine month, six countries, and more than enough experiences for a lifetime, it’s hard to believe my LEAPYEAR journey is coming to an end. The fact that my life journey is just beginning is even harder to believe. My accomplishments over the past year cannot be measured in the classroom. I have obtained a worldview, climbed a volcano, found love, SCUBA dived in Madagascar, learned a language, stood on pyramids, learned to live consciously, hugged a baobab tree, and the list goes on. I have been reborn a thousand times and I reflect that change. My connection with myself and everyone and everything else that exists in this world feels natural and true. My awareness of myself in this work has never felt so clear, so real, and so constant. Challenges and mistakes have become friends whom I love dearly. Integrity has become my source when I need balance. Questions have become my guide and answers have become stepping stones to bigger and more specific questions. Life is my journey, my journey has a purpose. I have discovered my personal legend; I have never felt so enthused to dive into the unknown."
- Kyle O’Brien, LYR 2007/08 Graduate,
who spent his group travel in Central America and solo internship in Madagascar.

LEAPNOW - Gap Year College Study Abroad
A unique Alternative Education Program for college credit - group travel - individual internships...

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