Semester 
Experience

15 weeks

$19,000

Our Semester Experience is a 15-week program featuring 10 weeks of skill-building and direction finding in San Francisco and 5 weeks of volunteering abroad.

Intensive Coaching & Skill-Building

Phase One: 10 WEEKS 
San Francisco

International Immersion & Service

Phase two: 5 weeks
Abroad in one of five amazing countries

PHASE 1

Start your semester by heading to San Francisco

FOCUS: January 10 - March 20, 2021

Live in San Francisco in our dorms, work in our co-working space in SoMa, and explore the City by the Bay. During this time you'll work with coaches and peers to help you gain a better sense of who you are and where you want to go, while developing new skills to get there. You'll also connect with our network of professional advisors who will help you prepare for what's next.

Where you'll go:

San Francisco

WHat you'll DO:

Work one-on-one with a professional coach. Build skills in daily workshops, assemble a portfolio, develop an effective résumé, sharpen your presentation skills, follow through on work, deepen your confidence, and clarify your direction.

what you'll LEARN:

Practice essential habits and strategies, with a lot of support, building them into an effective, repeatable skill set to take your next steps with confidence, clarity, and direction.

What will you do?

Project-based learning

Learn to value curiosity. Take steps to design your life, applying design solutions to roadblocks. Shatter inertia using iteration. Work on projects that interest you and build a portfolio of work that is highly personally relevant.

learn the skills that matter most

Learn the skills they don't teach in school, such as project management, overcoming setbacks, negotiation, effective presentations, professional etiquette, and managing your finances.

Connect with professional advisors 

Meet professionals who can help you learn more about your career aspirations.

Work one-on-one with a coach

Be mentored by a professional coach every step of the way as you build on your strengths and identify areas of growth.

PHASE 2

Then, explore abroad

EXPLORE: MARCH 28 - May 1, 2021

Continue your Semester Experience by setting out to one of our international destinations to volunteer and immerse yourself in a new culture. Choose one of five exciting countries to spend your Explore phase: Tanzania, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia, or India.

Where you'll go:

Tanzania, Peru, India, Mexico, or Indonesia

WHat you'll DO:

Live in a volunteer house with peers, and work on a volunteer project to contribute to the local community.

what you'll LEARN:

Self-reflection as a tool for personal development and growth. Gain insight and deepen sensitivity for cultures, peoples, and places.

Choose one of five locations:

Mérida, Mexico

Mérida is the starting point for a series of journeys into Yucatán and its archaeological treasures. It’s also a thriving town with plenty of good eats, bustling markets, music, dance, peaceful streets, and parks. Mérida offers a small, safe community setting with a wide range of volunteer projects available. This location is great if you already know some Spanish and are looking to improve your language ability.

Service learning Projects
  • Teach English
  • Environmental protection
  • Care for disabled children or adults
  • Help with contruction and renovation
  • Drive buiness development
  • Volunteer at NGO food bank
Want to know more about exploring Mérida?
Download our Mérida field guide

Dharamsala, India

Perched in the misty highlands beneath the Himalayas, Dharamsala is a market town, lush farmland, and spiritual retreat all in one. The area is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism; the Dalai Lama resides in the next town over. In contrast to the bustle and crowds of most Indian cities, Dharamsala serves as a serene retreat where you can meditate, practice yoga, and make a difference in the community while exploring northern India.

Volunteer Projects
  • Teach english
  • Caregiving for children
  • Youth development
  • Women's empowerment
  • Teach computer skills
  • Construction & renovation
Want to know more about exploring Dharamsala?
Download our Dharamsala field guide

Moshi, Tanzania

Sitting in the shadow of Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small, clean, and vibrant market town. Tanzania's natural beauty is easily accessible from Moshi; you can go on safaris, visit nearby national parks, go mountain climbing, or check out the local hot springs and waterfalls. The city itself is low-key and provides a safe environment to volunteer with locals from the Maasai and Chagga tribes.

Volunteer Projects
  • Teach english
  • Environmental conservation
  • Care for disabled children
  • Teach computer skills
Want to know more about exploring Moshi?
Download our Moshi field guide

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a tropical island paradise with white sand beaches, rice paddies, coral reefs, lush jungle, and volcanic mountains. You’ll stay in a small remote fishing village where you’ll interact with the local community and culture daily through your volunteer activities. In your free time, you can make the most of the warm weather, friendly locals, and laid-back lifestyle by exploring ancient temples, taking a yoga class, or hiking waterfalls.

Volunteer Projects
  • Teach english
  • Teach music & dance
  • Teach computer skills
  • Teach arts & crafts
  • Teach and coach sports
Want to know more about exploring Bali?
Download our Bali field guide

Huanchaco, Peru

Huanchaco is a quaint and relaxed beach town on the coast of northern Peru with a history dating back to the original Peruvian civilizations. Once the home to indigenous fishermen, it is now a World Surfing Reserve known for its traditional reed fishing boats, long calm waves for surfing, and ceviche. The surrounding area is still in need of much development and you can assist in a variety of volunteer projects.

Volunteer Projects
  • Teach english
  • Care for disabled children
  • Women's empowerment
  • Youth development
  • Teach music
  • Environmental protection and education
Want to know more about exploring Huanchaco?
Download our Huanchaco field guide

Dharamsala, India

Perched in the misty highlands beneath the Himalayas, Dharamsala is a market town, lush farmland, and spiritual retreat all in one. The area is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism; the Dalai Lama resides in the next town over. In contrast to the bustle and crowds of most Indian cities, Dharamsala serves as a serene retreat where fellows can meditate, practice yoga, and make a difference in the community while exploring northern India.

Volunteer Projects
  • Teach english
  • Environmental conservation
  • Care for disabled children
  • Teach computer skills
Want to know more about exploring DHARAMSALA?
Download our Dharamsala field guide

Program Dates

Fall 2018 Semester Experience
Phase 1: EXPLORE

Sept 2 - Oct 5, 2018

Phase 2: Focus

Oct 8 - Dec 14, 2018

PHASE 1: EXPLORE

Volunteer & travel abroad

5 weeks

You'll spend 5 weeks stepping outside of your comfort zone, breaking your preconceived notions of self, community and the world, and gaining a deeper sense of empathy and cultural sensitivity by volunteering and service learning at one of our five international destinations.

PHASE 2: FOcus

Develop habits & skills
in San Francisco

1o weeks

You'll then spend 10 weeks learning how to set long-term and actionable goals, focusing on real-world projects, learning life skills in workshops, and bringing your work to life with work sprints designed to get you thinking and executing quickly.

Program Dates

Spring 2020
Phase 1: FOCUS

January 10 - March 20, 2021

Phase 2: EXPLORE

March 28 - May 1, 2021

total time:

15 weeks

total cost:

$19,000

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