At Free to Roam Adventures we believe taking a gap year is one of the most beneficial choices you can make for your future. We understand how overwhelming the planning and execution of such an experience can be for both students and parents. We aim to take some of the stress out of planning by offering expert advice and reliable recommendations, all customized to create a transformative gap year experience that will allow you to feel challenged and supported.


Why Hire a Gap Year Advisor?

Save Time  Have you googled "Gap Year Programs" yet? There are millions of search results ranging from scooping elephant poo in Thailand to volunteering with a micro-finance organization in Senegal to working as an AuPair in France. After getting to know you, your interests, and your future goals, we create a customized portfolio of worthwhile experiences for you to choose from. Many students engage in multiple experiences during their gap year. We customize your gap year so the experiences compliment one another, each challenging you in a unique way.

Integrity & Safety  We are committed to recommending experiences that are safe and culturally sensitive. We vet programs by speaking directly with program directors and instructors, as well as former participants, who provide honest recommendations based on personal experiences. With our extensive travel experience, we also offer advice and safety and security tips should you desire to travel independently. 

Mentoring  Having a mentor with firsthand gap experience to help you plan and process your experience is invaluable. From advice on how to request a deferral, what to pack, how to apply for a visa, or how to adjust to life back home, we're here to help. We support you throughout the planning process and are available to offer assistance during your gap year should you need to alter your plans for any reason.


Our Services and Fees

Basic Consultation $610 USD

The Standard Gap Year Consultation is ideal for students who can easily articulate their motivations and goals for their gap year and want an expert's assistance researching opportunities for them. The Standard Consultation begins with a no-obligation introductory conversation during which we go over your goals for your gap year and Free to Roam Adventures' role helping you achieve them. Once you officially become a client we begin researching opportunities for you.

Services included with the Standard Consultation:

  • Initial assessment to determine goals for your gap year and an overview of the planning process
  • A retainer for 8 hours of phone conversation or in-person meetings for use by students and parents to structure plans and ask questions, plus unlimited emailing
  • A customized portfolio with 6-8 program and activity recommendations based on your personal preferences and goals
  • Suggestions for budgeting, packing, and other logistical arrangements 
  • Follow-up consultation to assist with re-entry and debrief experiences 

Services with the Standard Consultation terminate once your gap year begins, though we love to keep in touch and hear about your experience!

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Standard Consultation $1,150

The Comprehensive Consultation is ideal for students and parents seeking more guidance in defining goals and desired structure of their gap year. We begin with a no-obligation introductory conversation where we discuss the basics of the gap year, any ideas you have for how you would like to spend it, and Free to Roam Adventures' role in helping make it happen. Once you officially become a client, we begin working with you to help you more clearly define your goals for your gap year. When your gap year intentions are clear, we begin researching opportunities that fit your desired goals and experiences.

Services included with the Comprehensive Consultation

  • Initial assessment to discuss potential goals for your gap year and go over the planning process
  • A retainer for 15 hours of phone conversation or in-person meetings to determine goals, structure plans, and ask questions, plus unlimited emailing
  • A customized portfolio with 10-12 program and activity recommendations based on your specific goals and preferences
  • Advising on College Deferral Request
  • Assistance with program applications
  • Suggestions for budgeting, packing, and other logistical arrangements
  • Pre-departure briefing on safety, security, and cultural cues
  • On-the-ground support including check-ins with student, support and guidance should the student need to alter their plans, continued program and activity recommendations as needed
  • Follow-up consultation to assist with re-entry and debrief experiences 
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Independent Gap Year Consultation $2,290 USD

The Independent Gap Year Consultation is ideal for students with significant maturity and travel experience who are motivated to embark on an independent gap experience rather than participate in an organized peer-based travel program or single volunteer placement. The Independent Gap Year Consultation begins with a no-obligation introductory conversation, during which we discuss what you would like to get out of your gap year, budget, preferred destinations, and Free to Roam Adventures' role in facilitating your experience. Once you officially become a client we begin researching opportunities for you. 

Services included with the Independent Gap Year Consultation:

  • Initial assessment to determine goals for gap year, budget, destination(s), and overview of planning process
  • A retainer for 30 hours of phone conversation or in-person meetings for use by students or parents to structure plans and ask questions, plus unlimited emailing
  • Customized Gap Year Plan based on your budget and goals including a collaboratively planned itinerary including suggested travel routes and modes of transportation, recommendations for local guides, accommodation, and unique cultural experiences 
  • Comprehensive Safety & Security Debrief
  • Recommendations for budgeting, packing, and other pre-departure logistics
  • Advising on College Deferral Request
  • On-the-ground support including check-ins with student, support and guidance should the student need to alter their plans, continued program and activity recommendations as needed
  • Follow-up consultation to assist with re-entry and debrief experiences
  • Advising on how to highlight gap year experiences on your resume 
  • Lifetime travel advising for use when planning study abroad, post-college travel, or career sabbatical
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Summer Experience Consultation $305

The Summer Experience Consultation is ideal for current high school students or recent graduates seeking to explore interests outside the classroom, earn volunteer hours, and begin to develop global competence.  

Services Included with the Summer Experience Consultation:

  • Initial assessment to determine goals and preferences for summer experience
  • A Retainer for 4 hours of phone conversation or in-person meetings for use by students or parents to structure plans and ask questions, plus unlimited emailing
  • A Customized Portfolio with 4-6 recommendations based on your desired experiences and goals
  • Suggestions for budgeting, packing, and logistical arrangements 
  • Follow-up consultation to debrief experiences 
  • $50 discount on any Gap Year Consultation Package

Our contracted services end once you begin your summer program, though we love to keep in touch and hear about your experience! 

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Still unsure if a gap year is right for you?