Empowering, effective and affordable gap year counseling

Every student, family and gap year is unique.

At J2Guides we know that not everyone wants or needs the same services, or at the same time. Co-Founders Jane Sarouhan and Jason Sarouhan draw from 25 years of personal experience, professional expertise, and a genuine desire to meet each student and family right where they are. We put YOU at the center of the gap year planning process, starting with choosing the level of support that is right for your family:

Are you looking for education, expertise or mentorship? Or all 3?

Explore the Gap

Education to guide and structure the gap year planning process

Plan the Gap

Expertise and professional knowledge of quality program options

Bridge the Gap

Mentorship to offer ongoing support throughout the gap year

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Explore the Gap ~ $500

Learn how to plan an intentional and fulfilling gap year. 4 sessions (cohort or self-paced) led by Jane and Jason -  your gap year counselors and J2Guides cofounders - guide you through the most critical information, resources and strategies of gap year planning: goals, budget, safety and research. Your personalized J2Guidebook documents your Explore the Gap progress so that by the end of these 4 sessions you will know your gap year vision and have the tools to achieve it. Can’t make the live sessions, or have an expedited timeframe? No problem, all sessions are recorded, and a fully self-paced option is available. Want more support after the training? You can add-on Plan the Gap and Bridge the Gap whenever you are ready.


  • 4 gap year planning sessions (cohort or self-paced)

  • 2 webinars during the gap year for additional support and reflection

  • A 55-page J2Guidebook of gap year tips, worksheets, strategies and resources

  • Add-on Plan the Gap (+$600) anytime

  • Monthly start dates & self-paced options

  • $500 per student

Who is this good for?

  • Students who want to learn how to plan an intentional gap year

  • Those who need to maximize their gap year budget

  • Parents who want their gapper to gain skills and confidence

  • Students looking for group and independent experiences

  • Families that are on the fence about the gap year

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Plan the Gap ~ $1,100

Many families want personalized program recommendations to help them meet their gap year goals. Plan the Gap includes 7 sessions total: 4 group sessions through Explore the Gap (above) and 3 one-on-one sessions with your counselor of choice, Jane or Jason. Over the course of your 3 individual sessions, your Guide will help you structure a comprehensive gap year plan and refer specific, high quality, vetted gap year experiences that fit your stated gap year parameters. We never take commissions from programs so all of our recommendations are tailored to each student’s specific interests.

Due to the pandemic, we highly suggest Plan the Gap as it combines fundamental gap year planning skills along with personalized counselor sessions and program referrals.


  • Explore the Gap (see above)

  • 3 one-on-one sessions with Jane or Jason

  • Student-specific program recommendations and introductions to organizations

  • A comprehensive gap year plan with to-do lists and next steps

  • Add-on Bridge the Gap (+$700) anytime

  • $1,100 per student (Explore + Plan)

Who is this good for?

  • Students having trouble identifying the right gap year opportunities

  • Families that don’t have enough time to thoroughly research options

  • Students who need help planning the second half of their gap year

  • Those wanting to pursue a variety of interests in their gap year

  • Families that value a continued connection with Jane and Jason

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Bridge the Gap ~ $1,800

Our most comprehensive service, Bridge the Gap is ideal for families who want the peace-of-mind knowing that their gapper will have a longer-term mentor to support them throughout their gap year. 11 sessions total: 4 sessions of gap year education from Explore the Gap (above), 3 individual sessions for personalized program options in Plan the Gap (above), and now an additional 4 one-on-one sessions to use whenever needed. Students continue their work with Jane or Jason for continued program referrals and personal support as the year progresses. These sessions can be used at anytime in the gap year so you can make the most of our guidance when you really need it.


  • Explore the Gap (see above)

  • Plan the Gap (see above)

  • 4 additional one-on-one sessions with your counselor

  • Additional program research and referrals

  • Logistical support and ongoing mentorship for changes that arise during the gap year

  • $1,800 per student (Explore + Plan + Bridge)

Who is this good for?

  • Students pursuing three or more activities in their gap year

  • Those who haven’t planned their entire gap year before they launch

  • Students who want strategies and resources for a highly customized gap year

  • Families that value continued support for their gapper throughout the year

  • Those that want a comprehensive gap year counseling service at an affordable rate

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J2Guides is a full service gap year counseling organization that provides expertly curated gap year planning and program resources. It's best to think of us like college counselors for the gap year.

We do:

draw out your unique interests and parameters, create a strategy and timeline for your plan, identify possible matches, and coach you along the way.

We do not:

book travel, submit applications, make payments, give medical advice, offer visa support, do college advising, or help with job placements.

Want more information before enrolling?

Sign up for a Webinar or Speak with a J2Guide

Jane and Jason worked closely with my son to plan his gap year. Their approach was incredibly effective from both the parent and student perspective. J2Guides shepherded my son through this stressful and complicated process of figuring out his best course of action after he graduates from high school.  Jane and Jason are patient, kind, realistic, thoughtful, thorough, and incredibly passionate about their work. We initially thought we might be able to navigate this ourselves just using the internet, and we were incredibly wrong. These two are professionals worth their weight in gold and they truly made this process so much more enjoyable for the whole family! We could not have asked for a better experience or outcome.

Tammy S.

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