Your Gap Year. Discover the world and yourself!
Your hero’s journey/ Make a difference in the world.
With a gap year in Europe, New Zealand, North America or South Africa or China … you can do all of this and a lot more!
With a gap year you can discover more about yourself, and find the pulse of life out in the world. You will experience the excitement of breaking out on your great adventure, where you can challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone and into your new dynamic potential. People who do a gap year with EOS have the chance to find your destiny out in the world. We at EOS see the gap year as journey that at the end of which you are stronger and more able to take on the challenges of the world.
The world is open. When you are Canadian and want to spend time in the UK or if you live in the USA and want to explore Europe or German and you long for New Zealand- we are your ticket to worldwide adventure.
Your Gap Year
flexible according to countries/ 3 – 12 months
normally August or September/ flexible start possible
We offer: a preparation seminar (1 week), a reflection seminar (1 week), training in experiential outdoor education (3 weeks), and practical placement in experiential education.
Your gap year- your way. You can decide what areas you would like to work in and which country (ies) you would like to see.
USA, UK, New Zealand/ Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, Poland, China
starting at 2800 Euros for 3 months.
accommodation, meals, travel, personal advice, information handbook, certificate of completion, advice during your gap experience, experiential education training and costs of the practicum in experiential education.
schools, alternative companies, special education, kindergarten, elderly care, hospitals, organic/ Demeter farms and gardens
With your gap year we give you the perfect chance to combine the best elements of volunteering, work and travel, a practicum for your CV, a language learning together. You can put together your own program- either 3 months or one year, maybe 7 months in a school and then 4 months in an international company, in the USA or in France.
You can also decide if you want to do our training in Experiential Education for free. You can either come to Freiburg or Berlin- either for 3 weeks or for 6 weeks. It makes sense to do the training at the beginning of your service year, but you can also do it at the end.
In the price of the gap year you also have a preparation seminar, in which we will give you the know how that you will need for your gap year. We will give you the knowledge you need with regards to culture and travel, security, rights, insurance, political and tips and tricks for travel in Europe and our personal list of cool things to do. At the same time you will meet some awesome people who are also setting out on their own adventure.
In addition there is a seminar at the end of your journey- the reflection seminar which comes with your gap year. In the reflection seminar you get to share your experiences together with the other gap year people. We will honor your journey and how far you have come as people.
We give you the time and space to share your outer and inner journey with a look out into the future and how you can take your new found inner strength and discoveries back out into your future jobs, or studies.
Both seminars take place in the beautiful historic abbey landscape in the EOS seminar house Allerheiligen in the Black Forest.
What is Included
Your gap year isn’t a volunteer year or work and travel and gives you the freedom to discover more.
Advice and counseling from the beginning to the end. Each Gap Year participant has their own Gap Year counselor that gives you personal advice from the beginning until the end.
We organize your gap year, and arrange each part.
We have many positions that are still open.
Accommodation and meals are included.
Information handbook for your country and organization.
Certificate of completion. This can be useful for your future studies.
Help with your visa.
Addresses and tips for your international destination.
Help with finding your way with your flight and trip
Free transfer from the Freiburg train station
We can organize and pay for your accommodation and meals in Freiburg
5 day Preparation Seminar (included)
5 day Reflection Seminar (included)
3 or 6 week (your choice) experiential education training in Freiburg (included)
Voluntary practicum in one of our summer camps, seminars, or class trips where you can learn more about the wonderful world of experiential education.
Examples – That´s how your Gap Year might look like:
Time frames and Prices
Starting from 3 month
- 2 Destinations
Starting from 6 month
- 2-3 Destinations
Starting from 9 month
- 2-4 Destinations
Starting from 12 month
- 2-5 Destinations
Countries available now
We have a wide variety of countries to choose from. Create your own gap year with your personal gap year advisor. Begin your journey. Be the change that you want to see. Get to know another culture and be a part of a movement that supports international peace.
A tip for you: we will support you on your discovery of adventure through a distant land, so you can get to know a new culture and find new friends along the way…
- USA Stars and stripes forever. A big country with some pearls of placements for the right applicant.
- Canada The real wilderness and not too far from Montreal- what more could you ask for? Challenging and rewarding work.
- New Zealand Come to the land of the Maori. The extraordinary landscapes and time to explore!
- Australia The land down under! With a round trip ticket to adventure outback style!
- France– experience the French way of life first hand.
- UK Scotland, Wales or England. Experience British culture at its best.
- Ireland Green grass that goes on forever. The emerald isle is calling.. can you hear?
- Poland learn what it means to be warm hearted. Come to Poland and connect.
- China is an opportunity to gain an insight into the realities of day-to-day life in a country of huge geo-political importance. When far away isn’t far enough come to China and be a part of an experiential education revolution!
- South Africa when you want to make an impact this is the place. Hands on hospital and school places. Come on down and do some good.
We have interesting and future creating partner organizations for you to choose from:
Work with children: help in a summer camp, lead an art project, help with homework
Schools: assist in the classroom, guide individual students, and supervise recess
Kindergardens: bake bread with children, assist during story time, and supervise nap time
Eco Villages: from planting seeds to harvesting there is always something to do
Alternative companies: help out with the office work in a company that does inspiring work
Social therapy: assist people with disabilities at home in a workshop in the garden
Special education: assist children with special needs
Sport: help organize and lead games with children
Elderly care: share your time and give care to our older generation
EOS is counted as the leading Experiential Education Company in Germany. We want to bring a culture of the heart out into the world. Our heart’s desire is to offer the world creative and innovative options for young adults, teens and children. We offer an international and national volunteer program in Germany, and a gap year program around the world. We have had more than 1,000 young people find their way in a gap year. They come back enthusiastic about the world, and ready to take on new challenges.
EOS Fast Facts
Villa Mez, Wildbachweg 11, 79117 Freiburg, +49 (0)761-600 800, Germany
EOS Allerheiligen, Allerheiligen 3, 77728 Oppenau, +49 (0)7804 – 9137817, Germany
We are a registered charity, and also an official organization of the IJFD, BFD program. We also have our own publishing company and educational institute.
We are formed from the ideas of social threefolding, and we value self-organization. Holocracy instead of Bureacracy! Heterarchy instead of Hierarchy, Community responsible economy and other ideals from Business 4.0 an Economy for the common good.
At the moment 50 people work at EOS central and 100 as independent contractors and we are growing.
We value wholeness, business with spirit, environmentally responsible, community empowering (WeQ not IQ), Anthroposophy, International peace
EOS has their own Seminar center in the black forest national park and historic abbey. We also have a school and summer camp center in the Kaiserstuhl (King’s Chair) near Freiburg.
We also have another training location in Berlin with an Academy course, and in 12 other locations in Germany and internationally including China.
The spirit of EOS is a synthesis between of experiential education (like Outward-bound) and Waldorf education.
Certification and social responsibility
Because of our government recognized certification many of our training and courses are free for the unemployed.