Winterline Global Skills Program
Winterline Global Skills Program Programs
Looking for a gap year unlike any other? Winterline Global Education offers skills-based gap, semester and summer programs for young adults with an adventurous spirit...
Winterline Global Skills Program Reviews
A year like no other
Submitted by Beata Jostmeier - New York United States | August 13, 2016
With so many gap year choices around, it is not always easy to choose. Winterline provided the perfect balance of life skill learning and increased outside world awareness.
Winterline's focus, in contrast to other programs, was not a singular objective but rather on a set of them: individual and group activities, skill acquisition and real life experiences leading to personal growth. My son experienced first hand living conditions in several societies from the Caribbean through Asia and Europe to the United States. In each place, he got to participate in projects which went far beyond entertainment and fun. He is very proud of chasing turtle poachers in Costa Rica and helping with construction of an irrigation project for a small agricultural community. He also visited the Killing Fields in Cambodia, learning that genocide, torture and cruelty are not unique to any particular ethnic group, nation or geographic location. In India, he saw first hand how tremendous the wealth disparity can be between the haves and the have nots, and what extreme poverty looked, smelt and felt like. Those are invaluable lessons that cannot not be taught in the confines of a comfortable existence in the United States. Mere travel is also insufficient.
What Winterline Gap Year provided was a maximum immersion in the surrounding world and its realities. It was done with a plan and with purpose. The result has been an amazing year of growth for my son. He learned how to get along with peers met on the first day of the program. He made very solid friendships, strengthened his interpersonal skills and significantly broadened his appreciation of the world around him. What an amazing opportunity for a young man just entering his adult life! Thank you Winterline!
I'd send my son again
Submitted by Kate Goodale - Boston United States | July 27, 2016
I found the Winterline Global Gap Year Program to be valuable. Extraordinary immersion into L-I-F-E.
Our son who is apt to second- guess himself and hold back suddenly was thrown into a wide array of situations and experiences. He had to show up, roll up his sleeves, and 'deal' with whatever was in front of him. He is proud of himself for having done the program. There is no question that he learned a ton of things about life and himself. He was worried that he wouldn't make friends. He made two friends for life and got along with everybody in the group. Across the board the Winterline staff brings tremendous expertise. The 'Partners' that WL teams up with in each location are fun and inspiring. From beginning to end I wanted to be doing the Winterline program that my son was doing. I was green with envy.