Learn more about the application process and access our online application at our LEAPYEAR Admissions page.
Most LEAPYEAR graduates continue on to complete undergraduate study after LEAPYEAR. A partial list of the colleges that LEAPYEAR graduates have gone on to follows:
The internship selection/placement process consists of the following systematic steps:
LEAPNOW has been sending individual students abroad since 1994, and has made over 1500 internship placements - all of whom have come home safely. The solo internship is designed to be a structured educational experience, and as such students are placed with organizations doing social service, educational, environmental, arts and crafts, medical, outdoor recreation, and public health work.
The primary support for each student is their in-country program sponsor, who is responsible for picking them up at the airport, getting them oriented, providing further training as needed, and looking out for their well-being during their three-month internship
Each student is also required to communicate weekly with the LEAPNOW office and their group members by through a Google group, and relates directly in their country of choice with a program sponsor.
Every students carries a laminated card with LEAPNOW's 24-hour emergency phone line as well as office numbers, and key in-country numbers such as the nearest US consulate.
Each learning experience has its own content - where you physically are located, and what you are doing. Most programs and educational models focus on content - neglecting the context of learning - which is you, your unique life purpose and this planet we live on. For a learning experience to be truly meaningful it needs to connect with you and your unique context. Each LEAPNOW program has at least four retreats built into them, so that the learner can find the connection between the journey and the context of their own life. Not to build in time for this kind of reflection is both irresponsible and poor program design. It is vital to have time in the U.S. before and after traveling in order to be able to learn to travel safely, and to get the most out of your travels prior to returning to your familiar home environment. All retreats are held at our rural campus in Calistoga, California, which we call "Maacama" after the creek that runs through our property. LEAPNOW staff and faculty run the retreats and the retreats are designed to provide you with a chance to:
all without the pressure of having to do these tasks while dealing with the challenges of another culture. While on retreat, students are provided with delicious natural food and stay in rustic but comfortable bunkhouses. Photos of the LEAPNOW campus can be seen on our Facebook page or on our campus page.