This fall, Thinking Beyond Borders became the first gap year provider to be accredited by the new American Gap Association (AGA). We are exceedingly proud of this recognition of our long standing commitment to program safety and quality. The accreditation is the result of a rigorous review of our programs and operations, including a 53 page assessment of policies and procedures. AGA also reviewed our preparedness for medical emergencies and natural disasters, staff training, program design and content, and communication with students and families.
Thinking Beyond Borders has made San Francisco its new home. The SF social sector is vibrant, innovative, and focused on equity and justice. We couldn’t imagine a better or more supportive community for TBB.
To celebrate our landing in SF and introduce our work, we hosted our TBB Launch Party at The Hub SF on November 7th. We were thrilled to host over 65 leaders from throughout the SF social and business sectors, including representatives from: Continue readingShare:
TBB’s first class of Global Gap Year students graduated in May 2009. They were an impressive group when they joined and helped initiate TBB’s gap year programs, many having convinced their parents that this ambitious new program was a good investment. Over the course of their two semesters in the program, they helped shape the curriculum, the program structure, and our understanding of how to create a world-class learning opportunity for students who were determined to become agents of change.
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It has long been a priority for Thinking Beyond Borders to make our gap year programs available to all qualified students regardless of financial need. A few months ago, we announced a new partnership with Indiegogo to match their incredible crowdfunding platform with the commitment of the TBB community to provide scholarships.
Thinking Beyond Borders’ first alumni fellowship was a great success. As mentioned in a previous post, TBB has partnered with Opportunity Collaboration, a premiere global poverty conference hosted in Ixtapa, Mexico, to create the TBB Alumni Opportunity Collaboration Fellowship.
We’re thrilled to announce that TBB has formed a partnership with the Opportunity Collaboration, an annual global poverty conference, to create the TBB/Opportunity Collaboration Fellowship. Hosted in Ixtapa, Mexico, this event brings together founders and executives from throughout the anti-poverty sector for highly engaging and productive sessions. Known for its unorthodox design, this “unconference” challenges Delegates to move beyond the normal silos of their work to identify and pursue new pathways to creating social impact. Continue readingShare:
The first, second, and third posts in this series made the case for freshman study abroad programming as a fix for the value crisis in higher education. I asserted that colleges and universities offer undergraduates enormous value. This value is dramatically under-utilized because students arrive on campus lacking the purpose and direction needed to take advantage of those learning opportunities. Study abroad has proven to be an excellent tool in addressing these deficits. But, when students study abroad junior year, the benefits arrive too late. While it is not a silver bullet, high quality freshman study abroad could be a strong step toward solving higher education’s value crisis.
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In response to my last post “Bringing Purpose to Higher Education,” a reader posted a comment highlighting a key concern that is central to most students: money. Study abroad programs generally are expensive. They are particularly expensive when they come in the form of gap years, as this is an addition to the cost of college. Often, this cost is prohibitive for students who need these educational opportunities.
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The higher education crisis isn’t about price. It’s about value. The issue lies in the fact that undergraduates arrive on campus unprepared. Sure, they may have great grades and test scores, but that only indicates that students are proficient in achieving great grades and test scores. Higher education offers exceptional learning opportunities, but without a sense of purpose for their learning beyond simply getting good grades, students cannot access the unparalleled value colleges offer. This is a major cause of the higher ed crisis and should be the focus of our solutions.
One of the consistent challenges faced by TBB in delivering high quality, rigorous international education for our students, is that it is not inexpensive. In our first five years, we have given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in partial scholarships, and been fortunate enough to enroll incredibly dedicated students who have worked hard to raise the funds needed for their gap year programs. But, we want to do more to provide gap year scholarships. We want more students to be able to participate in our programs, more young agents of change out there ready to take on the world’s most pressing issues. Continue readingShare: