Education. Expertise. Mentorship.

Every student, family and gap year is unique.

 Not everyone has the same interests, needs the same support, or has the same timeframe or budget. That's why we offer 3 tiers of service: so you can choose what you need, when you need it. If you are unclear where to start, please contact us!

Explore the Gap

Our signature gap year training teaches the foundational elements of planning a meaningful gap year: goal setting, budgeting, safety and research.

Plan the Gap

Curated program referrals for single semester or summer gappers. Includes Explore the Gap and specific gap year options for your semester or summer.

Bridge the Gap

A comprehensive service for gappers planning a full gap year. Includes Explore the Gap and targeted options with strategies for your entire gap year.

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Explore the Gap ~ $600

Learn how to plan a fulfilling and intentional gap year! Sharing our 3 decades of experience, we guide you through the process and strategies that are fundamental to planning a successful gap year: setting goals, establishing a budget, assessing safety and researching gap year opportunities. An empowering and interactive training filled with tips and tools, our gap year planning master class will help you clarify your gap year vision and equip you with the skills to achieve it.

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 All workshops and materials are available 24/7 on our website's student login. Want more support after Explore the Gap? Add-on Plan the Gap (1/2 year) or Bridge the Gap (1 year) as soon as you are ready!

At-a-Glance

  • 4 gap year planning workshops

  • A digital J2Guidebook with interactive worksheets, tips, strategies and resources

  • 24/7 access to all webinars and materials to work at your own pace and timeframe

  • Cost: $600 per student

  • Add-on Plan the Gap (+$1,200/ half year) or Bridge the Gap (+$1,800/ full year)

Who is this good for?

  • Students who are planning a DIY gap year

  • Anyone who is unsure about the gap year and would benefit from a foundational education

  • Parents who want their gapper to have agency in their gap year planning

  • Gappers who are looking for an effective toolkit of tips, strategies and resources

  • Families who need to maximize their budget

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Plan the Gap ~ $1,800

Plan the Gap is for those gappers who are looking for specific program referrals for a single semester or summer. It includes: our signature gap year training Explore the Gap (above), cohort workshops to facilitate key transitions, and one-on-one planning meetings with your gap year counselor of choice. Having identified your criteria in the training, you and your J2Guide will review vetted gap year opportunities for your summer or semester.

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Plan the Gap is specifically for students who are planning a summer or single gap semester (fall or spring.) If you are looking for help planning a full gap year, Bridge the Gap is for you!

At-A-Glance

  • 4 gap year planning workshops + J2Guidebook (Explore the Gap, above)

  • One-on-one meetings & program referrals

  • 3 workshops (pre-departure, mid-year and re-entry) to facilitate these transitions

  • Unlimited research & email between meetings

  • Cost: $1,800 (summer/ semester support)

  • Add-on Bridge the Gap (+$600) if you need ideas for an additional semester

Who is this good for?

  • Families who want help identifying reputable gap year programs

  • Jan/Feb Admits who are looking to gap in the fall only

  • Students who only need help planning their spring semester

  • Families who are looking for summer options

  • Anyone who would benefit from one-on-one gap year coaching

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Bridge the Gap ~ $2,400

Our most comprehensive service, Bridge the Gap is for students who want support planning a robust and meaningful gap year with multiple experiences. It kicks off with our signature gap year training Explore the Gap (above). Then, equipped with their gap year parameters, gappers dive into one-on-one meetings with their J2Guide to develop a curated list of programs and strategies to plan their year. Cohort workshops throughout the year keep gappers on track with their plans and process!

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Your one-on-one counselor sessions can be used at any time before and during your gap year so you can make the most of our guidance - including new ideas, program options and mentorship - when you really need it!

At-A-Glance

  • 4 gap year planning workshops + J2Guidebook (Explore the Gap, above)

  • One-on-one meetings to personalize a year of program referrals and strategies

  • 3 workshops (pre-departure, mid-year and re-entry) to facilitate these transitions

  • Unlimited research & email between meetings

  • Cost: $2,400 per student (full year support)

Who is this good for?

  • Families who want to plan a full gap year

  • Students who want to pursue a variety of experiences on their gap year

  • Families who want referrals, strategies and resources for a productive gap year

  • Students who value ongoing support and mentorship with Jane and Jason

  • Anyone who wants comprehensive gap year counseling at an affordable rate

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J2Guides is a professional gap year counseling organization that provides: fundamental gap year planning strategies, expertly curated program referrals, and personalized student mentoring.

Think of us as college counselors for your gap year.

We do:

draw out your unique interests and parameters, create a strategy and timeline for your plan, and identify possible matches (Plan & Bridge the Gap only).

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?

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 graduated 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.

Parent of 2020-2021 Gapper
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