Come join me for our webinar on February 20th at 7 pm! We will be going in-depth about the Gap Semester in Colombia and answering any questions you might have about this incredible experience. We will be diving into the itinerary of the Gap experience, why it is important, all the details about each location, the service work you will participate in, and so much more. This is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered and feel confident moving forward. The webinar will run from 7pm -8pm EST. Please fill out the sign-up form to participate. If you’re ready to apply, please fill out the online application. […]

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We have seen what our first month and second month in Colombia will look like; now let’s take a look at the third month! We will be traveling from Bogotá to the Department of Tolima where we will be volunteering and exploring 3 different cities: Ibagué, Armero Guayabal and Lerida. First Stop: Ibagué! Ibagué will be our first stop during the 3rd month. It is the 7th largest city in Colombia with a population of around 550,000 people and is considered the Musical Capital of Colombia. Full of parks and festivals that offer a wide variety activities, it’s a very lively community with lots to do and see! The YMCA […]

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about my recent visit to Colombia and about what we’ll be doing during the first leg of this amazing experience. Now, let’s take a look at how we’ll be serving children and communities during our 2nd month in Colombia! It will start with a short flight from Bucaramanga to the capital city Bogotá – the largest city in Colombia with over 8 million people. The city is almost 8,000 ft about sea level and located on a plateau in the middle of the Andes. English Immersion Program We’ll stay in 2 locations in Bogotá. The first is just outside of Bogotá at the country’s […]

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After visiting Colombia and getting to experience all the different YMCA’s and their social programs, meeting wonderful people and eating my fair share of fresh food, I couldn’t wait to get back and share it. This place has so much to offer and it was an eye opening experience for me and it was only nine days! I decided to write about all of the different areas that our Gap Program would be going, what our participants would be doing and where we would be staying. Our first stop is Bucaramanga. Bucaramanga is the capital of the Santander department, which is the 9th largest city in the country. It is […]

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I’m so excited to officially announce a new program that is sure to positively influence your life, as well as the world. This incredible endeavor will allow you to bring your talent, passion, and enthusiasm to South America, while also gaining invaluable experience as you’re immersed in vibrant, welcoming communities. Frost Valley YMCA is partnering with YMCA Colombia to offer a Gap Semester Program in Colombia for Fall 2018. As you may know, Frost Valley has over 100 years of experience as a leader in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our long history of providing life-changing outdoor experiences has brought thousands of people together – and now we […]

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Habitat for Humanity Back from their 2 weeks of hard work, these campers are full of pride after spending a portion of their summer helping those who are in need of support.  They can go home with sore muscles and smiling faces, knowing that a portion of their summer was spent doing what matters most in life: helping those who are not in a position to be able to help themselves.  With that in mind, they can move on from camp feeling good about the things they’ve accomplished. Maine Coast Fresh off of their kayaking overnight, the group from Maine Coast waved goodbye to the beautiful landscape by the waters […]

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Habitat for Humanity After a week of working, the crew on the Habitat for Humanity trip got in a day of climbing over the weekend to break up their hard work with a bit of adventure fun!  Leaving the re-store for a day, they were also able to tour and work on a house build project, laying floor and moving materials to help the workers of Habitat for Humanity build a house to help those in need! ADK Hike and Climb After a week of thrilling climbing in the Adirondack Wilderness, the group has strapped on their backs and headed out on trail for the hiking portion of the trip.  […]

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Maine Trail Builders Acadia National Park welcomed back another frost valley group, this time to spend 2 weeks building, improving and maintaining trails in some of the most beautiful wilderness that can be found on the east coast.  The campers are sleeping soundly after long afternoon of hard work, and are soon heading home knowing that the 2 weeks of work they’re leaving behind will be utilized and appreciated by many people in the years to come!     Vermont Voyager After hitting the waters of Lake Champlain, right on the outskirts of the wonderful city of Burlington, VT, our campers coming home from the Vermont Voyagers are coming home […]

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It was a bright blue sky and I couldn’t have thought of a better thing to do then hit the trails and go exploring! We sent out our Adventurers to different parts of the Catskills to explore. One group went up and over Wildcat Mountain to visit our farm. They toured our barn, meeting all of the animals that were there. Chickens, goats, rabbits, cows and so much more. Another group hiked to the top of Table Mountain! It travels through a beautiful hemlock grove and then has an incredible view of at the top of the mountain overlooking the East Valley. It’s a perfect trail for a day hike. […]

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What a day in Adventure! We had an action packed day full of learning, teamwork, and just good ‘ole fun! We started the day with tarp building. All of Adventure Village got together and learned the art of tying knots and setting up different tarp designs. We then split up into groups with people from different tents and practiced our skills. It’s great practice for our mini-trip, which is coming up in only 4 days! After that we got a little dirty playing Ultimate Turbo Kickball! It’s a game of kickball but instead of using regular bases, we use old mattresses covered with mud and glitter. You don’t have to […]

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