We are an accredited member of the American Gap Association with a proven commitment to the highest standards of safety, quality and integrity.
WE PREPARE COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES FOR SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LEARNING ADVENTURES.
What is the Kivu Gap Year?
The Kivu Gap Year program PROVIDES COLLEGE-BOUND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL THE WORLD, EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT CULTURES, AND DEVELOP THEIR FAITH. DURING THE PROGRAM, STUDENTS HAVE THE CHANCE TO BUILD STRONG COMMUNITY WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND EXPLORE WHERE THEY ARE BEING CALLED VOCATIONALLY. THE KIVU GAP YEAR PROGRAM STRONGLY CONSIDERS THE SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT OF THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WHILE ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO STEP OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE TO HELP THEM GROW INTO THEIR TRUE SELves.
Yesterday Dr. Lindy Backues challenged us to look at our position and power in the world through the story of Jesus and his journey to the cross, leading us on the path of downward mobility, vulnerability, and love rather than control. #gapadelphia
This is Penny! She is a social worker and helps oversee interns at one of our partnerships here in Denver. Today in class she walked students through what a process of self care looks like for individuals who go through programs like the Kivu Gap Year. As students work with people who have dealt with profound trauma, it is common for them to feel the weight of "compassion fatigue" as well as some "burnout". Good healthy boundaries help you avoid these outcomes and enable you to make the most out of the gifts that God has given you.
#kivugapyear #denver #milehighministires #avoidingburnout
A great opportunity for prospective students! Complete your application by October 15 and qualify for a $500 Scholarship! Contact Emily, firstname.lastname@example.org to get started right away!
Denver students took some time this afternoon to walk around what was once primarily a Hispanic neighborhood and is now rapidly changing as it undergoes a process known as gentrification. Original residents have been pushed out of their local neighborhoods due to the rising cost of real estate in the city. This benefits a lot of young wealthier city dwellers but displaces established communities. Students are contemplating the effects of migration back into the city.
#kivugapyear #denver #wearenorthdenver #gentrification
Here is a glimpse into the life of Mark and Luke. Every Saturday they head to Marconi Park with their home stay family where they are welcomed and encouraged to partake in sometimes friendly, sometimes competitive volleyball matches. The Burmese Chin in South Philadelphia make up a vibrant and active community and we are honored to be partnering with them! #gapadelphia #homestaylife #communitylove
Our Denver girls love exploring downtown and soaking in the perfect fall weather! #kivugapyear
Reflections from a cemetery on the outskirts of the city. Jesus often went beyond the gates, outside the camp, coming out from behind the walls, to be with those who were outcasts. What does that look like for us today?
This is Luke (and Liem). This is Luke fitting right in at his internship at Southwark Elementary. #gapadelphia #internshipgoals #southwarkelementary
Students got to learn how to meditate on the scriptures this afternoon as they practiced an ancient form of scripture study known as lectio divina. They got a nice break from the chaos as they did this in one of the city's most peaceful parks, the Denver Botanic Grandens.
#kivugapyear #denverbotanicgardens #lectiodivina #scriptures
Yesterday our students met with Shane Claiborne and were challenged to think not about what career or job they want in life, but rather what kind of person they want to become. "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet" - Fredrick Buechner