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 can be one of the most transformative crossroads of your life, and an opportune time to consider "What is your Why"?

With 25 years in experiential education, we know that your answer 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 decades of expertise. Then, together, we'll 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 progressive tiers of service so you can choose what you need, when you need it:

Explore the Gap

Education & Agency

Our signature gap year planning master class teaches you the core elements of any gap year: goal setting, budgeting, safety and research. Define your goals, and develop the skills to achieve 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 perspectives and backgrounds 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

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. Prior to spending the last 12 years as gap year counselors, we took gap time as young adults, led hundreds of students on programs, 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 first 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

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

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