Make it a meaningful gap year.

You know you, and we know the gap year.

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You are standing 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 #whatisyourwhy?

With 45 combined years in experiential education, we know that this question is the foundation for building a purposeful and life-changing gap year. We also know that assessing the quantity and quality of options can be overwhelming, the costs may be discouraging, and a less traditional path can feel isolating.

You know you, and we know the gap year, so let’s bring our best together in an empowering, effective and affordable gap year planning process.

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Empowerment meets Expertise and Affordability

Our innovative counseling model is equal parts life skills and gap year education. As we guide you through a deep dive into your personal, programmatic and budgetary parameters, you are also gaining skills in goal-setting, decision making, communication, and more. Our tiered service is designed for all ages, interests, learning styles, and budgets. No two students or gap years are the same, so choose the level of service that is right for you.

Explore the Gap

Education & Agency

With a cohort of gappers, you will be guided through a process of self assessment, budgeting, safety and research. You will identify your unique parameters, and develop skills to access gap year resources.

Plan the Gap

Planning & Programs

For those wanting specific program options, this is for you. After Explore the Gap you will have one-on-one sessions with your J2Guide, developing a plan for your gap year with a curated list of vetted program referrals.

Bridge the Gap

Mentorship & Support

Our most comprehensive service for the student who values ongoing support throughout the gap year. Following Explore the Gap and Plan the Gap, you receive additional counselor sessions and referrals.

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

Alison Sever

Former student; Program Director, The Eco-Institute at Pickard's Mountain

We are Jane and Jason Sarouhan, your J2Guides.

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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 gap year counselors who have held every role in our field. In addition to spending the last decade as gap year consultants, we took gap time as young adults, have led hundreds of students on programs as field instructors, designed experiential education curriculum, and directed a cross-cultural service learning organization. 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.

Jason and Jane are both incredibly engaged, positive and professional in their work. They hold the unique perspective of having been field instructors and program directors for gap year programs, giving them valuable 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 and former Director of Pacific Discovery

Let's get Started

Schedule a free meeting with Jane or Jason to discuss your gap year ideas and questions.

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