This is Kristen. She joined the KIVU Gap Year in the fall, and is currently traveling the world with the Class of 2013. This is Kristen teaching young Rwandan children English in her classroom, and when I saw this picture, I felt like you needed to know what's going on. I'm writing today to make sure you know, this is the greatest program I've found for teenagers interested in being Global Leaders.
We started the KIVU Gap Year (www.kivugapyear.com) three years ago, and have refined the program to meet the expectations and desire of students who want to go into the world and make a difference. Doctors, Lawyers, Social Workers, and Teachers are emerging from our program and they've found a Global Network of people ready to extend employment when they're finished.
The Program Goes like this...
September - November the students live in Denver and work with an Urban Development mission called Mile High Ministries
December they to to Haiti and work with our friends in the aftermath of the country wide earthquake.
January -February they go to Rwanda for an African experience, interning with people in Africa with similar career goals.
After their Rwanda mission they climb to the top of Africa scaling Kilimanjaro for a time of self reflection and confidence building.
February - March they go to India and work with our friends in Southern India helping Orphans.
March - April they finish their global travels in the Philippines working with International Care on Micro-Finance, Health Care, Church Leadership, and Housing Developments.
With a year to travel the globe and be introduced to leaders making a difference today, the KIVU Gap Year is giving students a broader world context to draw from when they enter the University. To date, 100% of our graduates are in the University working to become what God has created them to do.
I've been in Youth Work for over 15 years, and the impact on these students is immeasurable. They have the ability to see themselves in a new way. They have a deeper appreciation for the way the world works. And they have a network of leaders to call on when they graduate to help place them in the jobs they want.
I'm sure there are students right now graduating High School, or students trying to find their way in the University. I promise, after a year traveling the world, focus comes into perspective, and we're seeing a whole new crop of students who will change the way the world spins.
For more information on the KIVU Gap Year, feel free to email me at email@example.com.