Therapeutic Gap Experience
Starting Your Gap Year Strong
Gap years or semesters are becoming increasingly more common as our young adults begin to make the difficult transition to young adulthood. Families often know that their student is not prepared for the rigor, stress, and maturity needed for a traditional college experience. Traditional gap year programs can be an option, but are often not the best stepping stone for emerging adults.
Pure Life Adventure offers an alternative to a traditional gap program. We offer the cultural, adventure, and leadership experience of a gap program with the added benefit of strong, research based, therapeutic support. Young adults often struggle with anxiety, isolation, fear of failure, and executive functioning issues during their early years of adulthood. Pure Life supports young people as they develop the skills and strategies needed to navigate this difficult time.
Our three month program integrates adventure activities (surfing, rafting, and backpacking) with cognitive behavioral therapy which help our students overcome challenges and build a ‘tool box’ for difficult times. In addition, we provide students with opportunities for cultural immersion, community service, and nationally recognized adventure certifications. Through this novel, nature based approach, we prepare young adults for the challenges they will face as they conquer college, career, and independence.
“At the end of my senior year, I know that I wouldn’t succeed at college if I didn’t do some self-discovery and learn how to live with my anxiety in a healthy way. Pure Life was the best place to go to start my gap year because I got to work on myself and my mental health in the mountains, rivers, and oceans of Costa Rica.
I got to backpack, surf, raft, cook, and learn Spanish; and also have therapy and work on my well-being. Pure Life… allows you to grow while being in an incredible and unique environment.”
Pure Life Alumni – Summer 2018
A Sample Semester at Pure Life
Backpacking and Cultural Homestay
Wilderness First Aid Certification
Backpacking and Community Service
Technical Ropes and Rescue Certification
Multi Activity Hiking Adventure
Multi Activity Hiking Adventure
Swift Water Rescue Certification
Experience Your Gap Year With Pure Life
Have you been seeking that opportunity to step back from the grind of life? Do you feel overworked with school? Ever thought about taking a break from your formal education, career, and social life? Maybe you’re seeking some clarity on what you’re supposed to do for a career? Maybe you just graduated high school and are looking for a memorable life experience? Perhaps you’re experiencing emotional and social struggles? An adventure gap year program might be the experience you need.
Did You Know Individuals Who Engage In A Gap Year…
Graduate from college faster…
Graduate with a higher GPA…
Gain a greater understanding and maturity for life…
Are much happier in their careers after the fact…
Have improved mental health…
Have more focus on what to do with life…
Gap Years Are For Everyone!
Typically, gap year programs are for young adults who feel overworked, seek deeper meaning, strive to experience college with more focus, who might be struggling emotionally and socially in life, or who needs a little direction and maturity.
An adventure gap year program can help you gain meaning and clarity on what experiences you want to have, what skills you would like to gain and improve, or put you in that position where you ask yourself “Who do I want to be?” Reread that last question and seriously ask yourself, “Who do I want to be?” A therapeutic gap experience with Pure Life Adventure just might be what you’re looking for.