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.
"When we have nothing to cling to as our own and cease thinking of ourselves as people who must defend privileges, we can open ourselves freely to others with faithful expectation that our strength will manifest itself in our shared weakness." - Henri Nouwen .
#gapadelphia #midsemesterretreat #emergingadults #kivugapyear
We're beginning to accept next year's class of students, and this fun banner is being sent with their acceptance letters so they can declare that they're #kivubound. But these four students are 8 weeks in to this year's program and are still celebrating that they're on this journey. #kivugapyear #gaporado
"I think I would tell myself to relax a little and to trust things will fall into place. I would encourage myself to not get frustrated by big-picture, seemingly hopeless problems and to instead highlight the positives around me, letting growth radiate from a foundation of genuine ambition instead of a place of spite. There is so much beauty and opportunity in this world, but just pointing out what's wrong accomplishes nothing! Approach a problem with a solution. Be the one to turn words into action. Leave each place you find yourself better than you found it." - Rachel Funderburk (Edmond, Oklahoma)
For more thoughts on her gap year, check out her blog: http://rachelfundy.wixsite.com/kivugap
#gapadelphia #emergingadults #kivugapyear
This past weekend we all got to head up to the Colorado mountains for our mid semester retreat.Our friends Dave and Millie coached us through a powerful workshop that taught us how to write and share our "spiritual autobiographies" with one another. It was a weekend of both fun and relaxation as well as profound personal growth. Just what we all needed!
#kivugapyear #gaparado #frasiercolorado #spiritualautobiography #retreat
Exactly one week ago from today, parents and siblings began to trickle in from all over the states. The city of brotherly and sisterly love readily embraced them with beautiful weather and memorable adventures! The sweet love they brought from back home offered our students a much-needed reprieve from the mid-semester lull that had recently set in. .
We want to thank all the parents and siblings for making this past weekend such a wonderful experience for us and of course, your kids (who, by the way, aren't exactly kids anymore😊). We'd also like to thank Devon and Darrien for sharing their thoughts on gap year. Our hearts are full!
#gapadelphia #emergingadults #tbt #parentsweekend #kivugapyear
This is Max, who interns at a daytime homeless shelter called Christ's Body. Max has become good friends with Daniel, a homeless man that he spends time with most days. They often share stories or play chess together after work. Because Daniel has played such a significant role in Max's time in Denver, he decided to sketch a picture of his dear friend. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Max, and for opening your heart to people on the margins of society. #kivugapyear #gaporado
My faith has been continuously strengthened as I have learned more about myself and the world around me. This time of growth that I'm experiencing in Philadelphia feels more substantial than any other time of growth I have had in my life. I have seen how much you can learn and grow when you decide to experience new things that take you out of your comfort zone. Now that I have been on this gap year for a little less than two months, I could not imagine not going on this journey. - Luke Beller (Richardson TX) .
Check out Luke's blog for more thoughts on his gap year: https:expandingmyfaith.wordpress.com
#gapadelphia #emergingadults #kivugapyear
Getting to walk life with students is such a privledge. Even in the last month it has been amzing to watch as they each have been able to come to a deeper understanding of self and what they have to offer the world around them. This afternoon we got sit down with Stephen to help him write out his college essay. Any university or form of higher education would be so fortunate to recieve our students, their stories and the experiences that they have and will continue to encounter over the course of the Kivu Gap Year.
#kivugapyear #gaparado #collegeessays #denver
"I wish I would have tried that" is a phrase I hope never enters my brain when I'm packing up in December to head home for Christmas. Living in a big city like Philadelphia there are so many opportunities to do things. I hope to take advantage of all these different opportunities that Philly and Taproot are providing me. Another hope I have for my remaining time in Philly is to try to figure out what is important in life. One reason I took a gap year is because it gives me time to think and realize what I love before I start studying it. I hope to create a plan pertaining to the year after my gap year, whether that is applying to a certain number of colleges, volunteering, or just realizing what I want to study." - Jackson (Raleigh, North Carolina) #gapadelphia #kivugapyear #emergingadults
Here is Margaret Anne and Clay cooking up some delicious enchiladas for us! Students in Denver are each assigned a week night to cook for the rest of the house. It's turned in to a great outlet for creativity and some healthy competition. #kivugapyear #gaporado