Gap Year Guidance for the

You know you, and we know the gap year.


You are on the cusp of change. It is a time of great possibility. At J2Guides we believe that this is one of the most transformative crossroads of your life, and an opportune time to consider "What is your Why"?

With 30 years in experiential education, we know that your answer - your Why - will be the foundation for building an intentional gap year. We also know that assessing the quantity and quality of options can be overwhelming, the costs may be discouraging, and pursuing a less traditional path can feel isolating.

We start with a belief that you know you best. Combine that with our 3 decades of expertise. Then, together, let's plan your best gap year!

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Empowering. Affordable. Effective.

Our innovative gap year consulting model is designed to educate and empower every gapper, from start to finish. We facilitate a highly personal and professional process that is accessible to all ages, interests, learning styles, and budgets. Since no two students or gap years are the same, we offer 3 tiers of service so you can choose what you need, when you need it:

Explore the Gap

Our signature gap year training teaches you the core elements of any gap year: goal setting, budgeting, safety and research. Define your gap year parameters, and develop the skills to plan your gap year.

Plan the Gap

Curated program referrals for summer or single semester gappers. Plan includes Explore the Gap and one-on-one sessions with your J2Guide to identify gap year options for your summer/ semester.

Bridge the Gap

A comprehensive service for gappers planning a full gap year. Bridge includes Explore the Gap and one-on-one sessions with your J2Guide to identify targeted options and strategies for your gap year.

Jason and Jane are incredibly engaged, positive and professional in their work. They hold the unique perspectives and backgrounds of having been field instructors and program directors for gap year programs, giving them invaluable insight into how programs work, what questions to ask, and how life-changing the right program can be for a young adult.

Scott Burnett

Gap Year Association Board Member & former Director of Pacific Discovery

Hello! We are Jane & Jason Sarouhan, the J2 of J2Guides.


Accredited Gap Year Counselor SealWe have devoted our entire careers to supporting young adults in wilderness, international and experiential settings and are the only Gap Year Association accredited consultants who have held every role in our field. Over the last 30 years we have: taken gap time ourselves; guided dozens of gap year programs; designed experiential education curriculum and risk management protocol; directed a national nonprofit with service learning programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America; and worked with over a thousand gap year students.

We believe passionately in what we do and, above all, we believe in the power and potential of gap time to help you manifest your best version of you!

Jane and Jason have been my mentors since 2008, when they led my gap year program in Tanzania. They are patient guides, honest humans, and sincere professionals who have continued to offer me consistent and nurturing guidance all these years later.

Alison Sever

Former Director of the Eco-Institute & Gap Year alumni

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