The KIVU Gap Year

As so many students have moved into dorm rooms around the country, the reality of University Life is setting in.  For the first week, it seems like a huge party where everyone is experiencing new life together.  New freedom.  New schedule.  New rhythm.  It all feels like a huge summer camp party.

And then classes begin.

If High School classes were easy, University Classes prove to be quite challenging.  If students are serious about learning, College can be an academic wake up call.

Here in a few short weeks the first mid-terms will be upon us, and the wake up call will sound even louder.  What High School students thought was studying will be revealed in the performance results on the first tests.

This brings us to an important question, and many students will start asking, “Am I ready for College?  What am I doing here?”


The Education system in the West has served to enlighten millions of kids for the last hundred years.  But times are changing.  The way students learn today is nothing like they learned 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even 10 years ago.  Our culture has changed.  The marketplace has changed.  Technology continues to change.  The world is more inter connected than ever.

The needs of today’s students go far beyond simply sitting in a classroom and receiving information to be regurgitated.  They need more than the pseudo-athletic encouragement of performance.  Learning today has turned into a place of memorization instead of actually engaging one’s life in the world around them.

With the soaring cost of University memorization, one news organization called college a “Four year party with $100K cover charge.”

So how can we address a system that is falling behind the times?

The KIVU Gap Year

Five years ago I had a dream.  A Dream that consisted of Educating today’s High School Graduates, Giving them a comprehensive view of the world, while they build a resume of work experience before they go off to the University.

It wasn’t an original idea.

Europe has been consuming the Gap Year concept for years.
Asia is beginning to see the value of taking a year to think about where they want to end up in the world.
Australia actually calls their time ” A Walk About”

And The United States Gap Year industry is growing at a rate of 30% year on year for the last decade.

Our dream at KIVU was to help leverage all our domestic and international relationships to provide a comprehensive learning year inclusive with Global Travel.  We wanted to encourage students to re-learn how to learn in both body, mind, and spirit.

The Dream is Alive

We launched our 5th class about two weeks ago.  After spending orientation time at our facility in Durango Colorado, we now have two cohorts in The United States.  One group is in Denver working with Mile High Ministries in the Urban Inner City of Denver, and the other is in Philadelphia beginning a new partnership with Eastern University.

These students will travel for the next 9 months, and log Six Countries, and a Multitude of organizations that will help them in real live Global Training.

After their year at The KIVU Gap Year, each student will return to the University with a clearer view of who they are, what they want to study, and what they want to end up as a vocation SAVING FAMILIES THOUSANDS!!

Today’s statistics reveal that nearly 40% of all students who enter the University this fall will not complete their degree program.  That means all the time and energy we spend trying to get accepted to your favorite University results in a 60% success rate.  (Can I hear the national gasp of Are you Kidding me?)

And so our program is set up to help train, guide, and direct students to be focused on their University time.

If you’d like to see more on our program, check out  We are sending out applications now for our new class 2015-16.  If you are or you have a High School Senior looking for a new way of entering University life, you can also see photos and articles on our Facebook page,

We can set up visitations for you in Denver to see in real-time what our students are learning, where they are living, and how valuable a year away from traditional academic rigor can be.

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