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Gap Year San Gil Colombia

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 are taking our efforts to Colombia! This uniquely immersive experience provides participants with the opportunity to contribute three areas of support in South America:

  • Youth Education – working with Colombian school children
  • Community Development – providing hands-on support to help communities thrive
  • Sustainable Agriculture – be a steward of the earth to foster a greener tomorrow

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 22, I invite you to apply for this opportunity to take a year “on” and make a difference in the world. For individuals looking for an inimitable and beneficial experience prior to beginning college, during college, or before entering the workforce, this program is sure to be a journey unlike any other.

Taking place from September 5 – December 12, 2018, you’ll have the option to either take a full gap year and participate in other programs and service opportunities afterward, or you can enroll in school or enter the workforce when the program commences in December.

If you have already been accepted to college for the Fall 2018 semester, you can contact the school’s admissions office and request a deferral for a semester, as most educational institutions are eager to accept students who have experienced more of the world. 

Colombia Gap Year San Gil
San Gil Colombia

Throughout the three months in Colombia, participants will be fully immersed in cultures and communities, while they contribute time and talent toward supporting the goals and needs of our partners, YMCA Colombia and the local communities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify on a first come, first served basis.

I encourage you to learn more about this program here:

I hope to see many of our past campers and staff, as well as new faces apply for this program – as with all of our programs, the gap semester is for all. I’m certain that it will be a life-changing, and world-changing, experience!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me by emailing or calling (845) 985-2291, ext. 265


Zach Eigenbrodt


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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