Next Generation Gap Programs
Global QUEST is at the cutting edge of Gap education, a one of a kind cross continental group journey designed for a diversity of high school graduates who are passionate, motivated, and ready to step boldly into the next phase of life with the inspiration, experience and skills necessary to contribute to the creation of a more democratic, socially just and environmentally sustainable community back home!
Known for its beautiful landscapes, rich history, tranquil Buddhist culture, peaceful temples and delicious food, Thailand is friendly and fun loving, exotic and tropical, cultured, historic and very much part of the modern world. One of the most culturally and biodiversity rich countries in SE Asia, encounters with history, culture, and nature await you at just about every turn.
"Going to Thailand was the most fulfilling month of my life. I made the most unforgettable memories. Being immersed into the Thai culture is so unreal and if you open to the experience it will forever change you. I learned so much and left a more genuine and kind person. The friends you make while abroad are something to hold on to. It is eye-opening and life-changing. GO. GO. GO!"
Ansley Sweet, from Hattiesburg, MS
“My time on program in Peru could not have been a richer cultural, social, and personal experience. My program consisted of 12 participants and we were all family and very tight- knit by the end of the trip. I was able to visit places I’ve always dreamed of going such as Machu Picchu, Manu National Park and Cusco. It was very hard saying goodbye to this beautiful country and the people, but I will definitely be returning in the years to come!”
Kellie Y., from San Diego, CA
Peru’s long cultural history is matched only by its cuisine and geography. Together these three influences enrich Peru and those who are able to go beyond its tourist track. You will walk the cobblestone streets of the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, and explore the community villages and snow capped peaks of Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our Peru is a Peru waiting to share its environmental challenges, beauty and success stories; its cultural riches and its economic challenges; it’s people’s warmth and its social inequalities and justice movements that are giving voice to people across the country. Let us show you Peru so you can love it as we do.
Welcome to Barcelona, a bustling seaside city in the Mediterranean country of Spain. An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional culture, celebrated architecture, and a wonderful people. Barcelona is often known as the cultural hub of the Mediterranean and boasts more World Heritage listed sites than any other city in Europe, some of which are 2,000+ years old. The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. It’s the perfect place to sharpen your life, group and career skills, while you learn about the unique Catalan history, culture and get inspired by the people and projects that are moving Barcelona toward becoming a more just, democratic and sustainable city.
“Not only did this program provide me real world, career focused experience and skills, it also deepened my appreciation for the culture of Barcelona and Spain as a whole. The included cultural activities and trips gave us an insider view of the city and culture as well as local insights living in Barcelona. I would highly recommend this program to anyone and everyone, Barcelona is a life-changing city!”
Ryan F., from Ohio
With the support of skilled program leaders, site based staff and rich experiential and integrated curriculum QUEST programs are designed to help you:
Gap Year / Growth Year
Signing up for a Gap year program represents a bold step and commitment to taking a YEAR ON after high school before stepping into the next phase of your life in college and beyond.
At QUEST we see this unique period as a modern day right of passage and a one of kind opportunity. We support our participants as they transition into the next phase of life with greater self awareness, clarity, purpose with the cross cultural and real world knowledge and skills gained on our programs. Our goal is that your Gap year is your growth year, preparing participants to be innovators, leaders and changemakers as they go forward to the next challenges and opportunities in life.
Reported developing as a person, with increased maturity and self confidence.
Reported having developed a greater understanding and respect for other cultures.
Reported developing skills that were helpful in their career.
Reported seeing themselves as Global Citizenship as a result of their program.
*According to the American Gap Association National Alumni Survey conducted in 2015, the most conclusive to date.
Traveling to Thailand changed my entire perspective on life, both professionally and personally. It inspired within me a new appreciation for other cultures and a passion for traveling and seeing parts of the world that are less traditional destinations. Most of all, it has shown me how amazing of an experience living and learning in another country is and has awakened within me a desire to take what I’ve learned back home.Cody T.from Houston, TX
"Spain is absolutely wonderful. I enjoy the scenery, the excursions, the random markets, and of course, the many musicians that play in the metro. There is incredible talent here in Barcelona. My Spanish has gotten significantly better over the last two weeks. I am even able to understand and hold a decent conversation with someone who can hardly talk in English. That, in itself, is very amazing for me."Stephanie T.from Wyoming
My time on program in Peru could not have been a richer cultural, social, and personal experience. My program consisted of 10 students and we were all family and very tight- knit by the end of the trip. I was able to visit places I’ve always dreamed of going such as Machu Picchu, Manu National Park and more. It was very hard saying goodbye to this beautiful country and the people, but I will definitely be returning in the years to come!Kellie Y.from San Diego, CA
This was definitely one of the most unforgettable and amazing experiences of my life. I left Thailand in tears because I fell in love with the country, culture, people. I want everyone to do this program so they can have the same wonderful experience I had. People in my program enjoyed it so much that some are traveling back after the program to do an internship or even talking about moving to Thailand permanently.Julia A.Lexington, VA
Stepping out of my comfort zone lead me to lose the fear of doing what I have always desired. I became far more cultured as I tasted various foods, learned bits of the language to communicate with the locals, gained knowledge of their religion and lifestyle, as well as meeting people from all over the world. I wouldn't be who I am today without living abroad and I hope every single person in this generation gets to travel at least once in their lifetime.Brittany F.from Conway, SC
It opened my eyes to an entirely different world. The culture, the community, the language, the places I got to visit and the experiences I had were so unique and different than anything I've ever seen or been through. It motivated me to make traveling a major goal in my future.Richele M.from Plymouth NH
"I loved the program because it really integrated me into Spanish culture. By the end of the program, I really felt like I lived in Barcelona and could be a Spaniard. There were so many cultural activities and trips organized by the program that introduced me to not only Barcelona’s flavor, but Spain’s, and gave me an appreciation and understanding for the place I was calling my home for a month. "Emma A.from Wisconsin
Traveling to Peru was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! During our time there I got to live with a host family, explore the Sacred Valley and use my skills in service of a local conservation group. The people me met and worked with in and around Urubamba were so kind, caring and beautiful. Our guides helped us make the most out of our time and give back to the communities we visited. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.Chase L.from Kalamazoo, MI
Going to Thailand was the most fulfilling month of my life. I made the most unforgettable memories. Being immersed into the Thai culture is so unreal and if you open to the experience it will forever change you. I learned so much and left a more genuine and kind person. The friends you make while abroad are something to hold on to. It is eye-opening and life-changing. GO. GO. GO!Ansley S.from Hattiesburg, MS
“Not only did this program provide me real world, career focused experience and skills, it also deepened my appreciation for the culture of Barcelona and Spain as a whole. The included cultural activities and trips gave us an insider view of the city and culture as local insight on Barcelona living. I would highly recommend this program to anyone and everyone, Barcelona is a life-changing city!”Ryan F.from Akron, Ohio
Thailand is a place I have dreamed about traveling to since I was a little girl. A country with a unique charm that makes you fall in love with the culture and the people almost immediately. The program made me see Thailand from a locals view and not just a through the lens of traveler. After 1 month of living here, I feel like I have lived here my whole life, because the atmosphere is comfortable and makes you feel at home.Marissa C.from Westifeld, MA
Courtney F.from Flagstaff, Arizona
"Barcelona has been one of the best experiences that I have ever had. It is so eye opening and I have loved learning about a new culture + making new friends. My internship has been so perfect for me and I learn more every single day! I can also tell my Spanish has improved. Try everything you can!"