Latitudes Gap Year with Carpe Diem: Group Semester + Solo

Location: Multiple Countries

Term: Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Program Duration: 7-12 Months

Dates: Year Round

1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

Call Us

Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Latitudes Gap Year = Group Semester + Independent Volunteer Semester.

Choose the best Carpe has: a Fall group semester, followed by a three-day orientation in Portland, Oregon before embarking on an independent Focused Volunteer Placement in the Spring.

After your fall group semester you'll be primed to go deeper. Here's how:

Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP): commit to a local community through extensive service—independently or with a small group of other students.

Global network: with reputable partner contacts in over 40 countries, we work to find something that really matters. Choose from a range of lodging, including homestays and community volunteer houses. Join the “naturally nomadic” Carpe Diem student community of changemakers and advocates.

Mentorship: receive one-on-one mentorship from your Latitudes Director to help you select a volunteer placement that inspires you. Prior to your departure, meet with your larger Latitudes Year cohort during your three-day orientation.

College credit: complete courses to earn up to 36 quarter credits—all while participating in meaningful volunteering, adventure, cultural exchange, and personal development.


1. 12-week experiential group semester of language, service and cultural immersion
2. A three-month solo volunteer experience of your choice
3. A Latitudes-specific orientation in Portland, OR focusing on volunteer placement, your college curriculum, and group dynamics
4. Up to 36 quarter-credits of lower-division college credit through Portland State University
5. FAFSA and Scholarships are available

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Student Exchange
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Experiential Learning

  • English

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Fall group semester on one of the following Carpe Diem Education programs: Morocco & Spain, Central America, Ecuador & Peru, East Africa, India, South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Cuba.
- 1-on-1 guidance and mentorship from the Latitudes Director
- A 2-3 day orientation in Portland, Oregon
- Travel costs from Portland, Oregon to the departure airport for the group semester
- Customized Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP) costs up to $2,500
- International Medical, Medical Evacuation, and Lost/Stolen Item Insurance
- College credit through Portland State University (up to 36 credits)

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Agriculture
  • AIDS
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Development
  • Public Health
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Education
  • Environment
  • English Teaching
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Hospital
  • Human Rights
  • Music
  • Organic Farming
  • Business
  • Parks
  • Social Work
  • Trail Building
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Senior Citizens
  • Orphans
  • Tree Planting
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network
Year Founded