This week officially starts the second tour of the KIVU Gap Year through the Middle East.  Last week, I had an Incredible time with the first cohort as we walked where Jesus walked, learned about the region, and spent a lot of time eating the best food on earth!!

I’m impressed to meet the second group as they’ve already been to The Philippines, Rwanda, and hiked up Kilimanjaro, the rooftop of Africa.  These students have a lot of experience under their belt, and they’re hungry to learn more.

This is exactly how I envisioned The KIVU Gap Year to go.

1.  Spend time Domestically working on what it means to connect with people different from you are.
2.  Begin traveling the world to see different cultures and interact in real-time with internships and local families
3.  And finish the year stretching the boundaries of what you think about the world and the people in it.

As we see year on year demand continue to increase for this program, I’m excited that the staff of The KIVU Gap Year continue to push the boundaries for this program.  We are intentional about helping students find out who they are, how they function, and what they are most interested in pursuing when they go off to the University.  With a plethora of options, students who come to be a part of The KIVU Gap Year are exposed to people and places most can only read about or watch in documentaries filmed in certain locations.

Our students are learning ON THE GROUND how to function in so many different places.  They’ve been privy to seeing how life works in Africa, South East Asia, and now…The Middle East.

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Next year we are opening a new cohort in Washington D.C. and will focus on America’s capital and how it functions.

And keep coming back to see our trip of the Middle East.  I’ll try to update the stories on a daily basis.

I just keep thinking Where was this when I graduated High School!!  WHAT AN ADVENTURE!

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