We have lived gap time at every level

Meet your J2Guides: Jason and Jane Sarouhan

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Jason Sarouhan

"In early 1998 my life imploded. A third year at UC San Diego, I was a burnt-out biological anthropology major..."

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Professional Gap Year Consultants: Jane at a glacial bay in Iceland

Jane Goldstone Sarouhan

"I traveled around the world for 9 months when I was an anthropology student at Boston University..."

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(Sarouhan is pronounced "suh-roy-en")

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Professional Gap Year Consultants: Jane & Jason Sarouhan

We are both Professional Gap Year Consultants accredited by the Gap Year Association. We have demonstrated excellence in the field of gap year counseling and passed all standards for ethical, responsible, and risk managed advising in gap year education. Additionally:

  • We have served on the Gap Year Association Board of Directors and Standards committee.

  • We have been keynote speakers at the USA Gap Year Fairs since 2011.

  • We advise organizations on best practices in quality gap year programming.

  • We represent the gap year on a national level at industry conferences and schools.

  • We have mentored thousands of students who, like you, stood on the cusp of change.

  • We directed a nonprofit that took 300 volunteers overseas annually.

  • We each spent a decade guiding students on wilderness and cultural programs worldwide.

  • We have developed risk management protocol and experiential education curriculum.

What the above credentials don’t say about us is that we strive to live a life that aligns with our values. We love to travel in part because those kinds of "peak" experiences can often facilitate a more immediate sense of wonder, connection, possibility and ability. That then often leads to us feeling more alive, curious and purposeful. For us, the question that we return to after any such "peak" experience is: can we meet our day-to-day relationships, profession and recreation with those same qualities?

We believe so. There is no question that a gap year is so much more than a finite period of time. A gap year is truly a step into what we call a #gapyearstateofmind. What is that?! It is a mindset and lifestyle based on: knowing your why, nurturing curiosity and compassion, pushing beyond your comfort zone, striving for your best version of yourself, and doing so with integrity and authenticity ... regardless of how profound, or mundane, your location or activity.

If you are here then you are thinking about a gap year. And if you are thinking about a gap year then you are someone who is ready to question, to learn, and to grow. If along the way you are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic, experienced and authentic gap year mentors, J2Guides is the right place for you.

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We are here to help guide you through this process.

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

Jane and Jason worked for Global Routes (an organization I co-founded) for nearly 15 years, as field staff, then as program managers, and ultimately as executive directors. They both demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, capability, compassion and excellence in every aspect of running an educational non-profit. When they moved to gap year advising, that knowledge of the industry, their compassionate caring, their willingness to advocate for clients really held sway. So much so that my wife and I called upon them when our son was looking to deep-dive into an interest of his. They directed us to two experiences, both of which were critical in the development of his interests and more importantly his sense of self. I can’t recommend Jane and Jason more highly.

Kenneth Hahn

Founding director of Global Routes; Parent of a Gap Year Client

J2Guides welcomes all people, regardless of their age, ability, religion, culture, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status.

We work with intention and integrity when it comes to our referrals. To this end, we do not support volunteer or internship opportunities that exploit vulnerable people, wildlife or environments. We do not support placements in fields where you may not possess the proper experience or training, nor do we accept commissions from organizations for our referrals.

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