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 can be one of the most transformative crossroads of your life, and an opportune time to consider #whatisyourwhy?

With 45 years in experiential education, we know that this question is 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 a less traditional path can feel isolating.

We start with our core belief that #youknowyoubest. We combine that with our decades of expertise in this field. Then, together, we create your dream gap year.

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Empowering, Effective & Affordable.

Our innovative model is designed to educate and empower every student and family throughout the gap year planning process. Gain skills and confidence as you identify your personal, programmatic and budgetary parameters. Take ownership of your gap year as you select reputable program options based on your unique criteria. Our 3 tiers of service (see below), each deeply rooted in our highly personal and professional approach, are designed for all ages, interests, learning styles, and budgets.

No two students or gap years are the same, so you choose the level of service that is right for you:

Explore the Gap

Education & Agency

Our signature gap year planning master class teaches you the core elements of gap year planning: goal setting, budgeting, safety and research. You define your parameters, and develop the skills to pursue them.

Plan the Gap

Planning & Programs

For those wanting specific program referrals, this is for you. It includes Explore the Gap as well as one-on-one sessions with your J2Guide to develop a curated list of vetted gap year options.

Bridge the Gap

Mentorship & Support

Our most comprehensive service. You receive your Explore the Gap education, your Plan the Gap programs, and now additional counselor sessions for ongoing support throughout the gap year.

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 & former Director of Pacific Discovery

We are Jane and Jason Sarouhan, the J2 behind 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 consultants who have held every role in our field. In addition to spending the last decade as gap year counselors, we took gap time as young adults, have led hundreds of students on programs as field instructors, designed experiential education curriculum and risk management protocol, and directed a national nonprofit that took hundreds of students overseas annually. 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 continue to offer me consistent and nurturing guidance. They are patient guides, honest humans, and sincere professionals.

Alison Sever

Program Director, The Eco-Institute at Pickard's Mountain & former student

Let's get Started

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

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