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Carpe Diem Education

1529 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, Oregon(USA), 97217, United States
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Carpe Diem Education   

1529 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon(USA), 97217, United States

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Adventure (multi)
  • Cost:
    $5,995 to $15,900 USD/program
  • Ages:
    14 to 22
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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Adam Becker, Enrollment Advisor
  • Summary

    Carpe Diem Education answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Carpe Diem Education and Global Routes provide life-changing gap year and summer programs (ages 18-22 & 14-18) centered on immersive experiential learning. Destinations such as Nepal, Thailand, Greece, Italy, and more offer vibrant settings for participants to actively build confidence, resilience, and cultural understanding via profoundly meaningful global experiences.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "We offer expertly designed gap year programs.
    Extending to 5 continents and 19 countries, Carpe Diem Education provides semester and year-long programs for students ages 17-22. Our gap year programs challenge perspectives, embolden critical thinking, and inspire a greater sense of self through enhanced global perspectives. Balancing hard work with fun-filled adventure; finding laughter in the midst of serious inquiry; we discover the depths of our humanity together.

    We engage our students.
    We believe that students learn best when fully immersed and engaged in local communities, languages, and cultures. Our small student groups travel off the beaten path to provide authentic cultural exchange, meaningful challenge, and experience. "

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "We are an inspired team of educators and leaders.
    We believe in the power of international education, learning through service, and community engagement. Our Overseas Educators are certified in Wilderness First Aid, dedicated experiential educators, and experienced world travelers. Our PDX Headquarter staff will help you every step of the way."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "For semester and yearlong programs, students can apply at carpediemeducation.org:
    1. Complete Application Part 1 and the $100 application fee ($125 for Latitudes Year).
    2. Complete Application Part 2 within 7 days.
    3. Schedule and complete your virtual interview with your Carpe Diem Enrollment Advisor.
    5. Receive acceptance and complete Enrollment & Deposit.
    Your spot on your first choice program is not guaranteed until successful completion of all 5 steps.

    For summer programs, students can enroll on globalroutes.org:
    Step 1: Submit your application (obligation free and takes 6 minutes)
    Step 2: Schedule a phone call with the Global Routes Enrollment team.
    Step 3: Deposit to save your spot!"



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Carpe Diem Education currently has 17 programs available.

    Filter activities available:


    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $15,700 to $15,900
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $15,900 to $19,400
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $4,995 to $6,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $9,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $7,895
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $6,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $5,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $7,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $8,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 18
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $9,995
    Travel|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $15,000
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $14,900
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $15,900
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $18,200
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $14,700
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $15,900
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses|Social Justice
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17 - 18+
    Travel, Adventure (multi)
    $24,575 to $29,275
    International,
    1529 N. Killingsworth St.
    Sep 20-Nov 29$24,575 - $29,275
    Travel|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 4

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early $400

    Scholarships & awards:

    • Access Scholarship (Gap Semesters)

      Amount: $5,000 Deadline: Rolling annually
      Type: Merit based
      Details: Availability Up to two $5,000 scholarships/year and four $2,500 scholarships/year Eligibility Must be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant through a FAFSA submission Participant in a Fall group semester or the Latitudes Year program Priority consideration will be given to applicants from the BIPOC community and first-generation college students Must have submitted a program application or have already been accepted into a Carpe Diem program
      Application Details: Deadlines & Notification For priority application review, please submit your application by May 1st. For applications received after May 1st: if there are scholarship funds remaining, we will review your scholarship application as soon as possible and get in touch if we are able to offer you financial support.
    • Inclusion Scholarship (Gap Semesters)

      Amount: $2,500 Deadline: Rolling annually
      Type: Merit based
      Age: 17 to 0
      Details: Availability Up to six $1,000-$2,000 scholarships/year Eligibility Demonstrated need for assistance in funding a Carpe Diem experience Open to students on all Carpe Diem programs Recipients could include: students without familial financial support students whose families are experiencing financial hardship low-income international students, etc. Must have submitted a program application or have already been accepted into a Carpe Diem program
      Application Details: Deadlines & Notification Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Scholarship applications are reviewed after students have received their acceptance into the program.
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Carpe Diem Education

    our take

    The central mission of Carpe Diem Education is to provide transformative educational opportunities during the gap year. In practice, this means immersive experiential learning programs set in captivating destinations across five continents, in countries such as Nepal, Thailand, Greece, and Italy. Designed to build confidence, resilience, and profound cultural understanding, these programs present participants with unmatched experiences. Each program is a unique combination of hard work, adventurous exploration, and moments of delight, all aimed at expanding perspectives and deepening the sense of self through enriching global experiences. The Carpe Diem team consists of passionate educators and leaders, who are dedicated to learning through service and community engagement. Accommodations throughout the travel programs range from family-run guesthouses to rustic homestays in village settings, prioritizing the safety and comfort of participants. Adopting a tech-minimalist policy, Carpe Diem Education encourages students to engage fully with their surroundings and minimize electronic device usage. The organization also offers scholarships and has partnered with Portland State University, enabling eligible students to use FAFSA financial aid. Accredited by the Gap Year Association, Carpe Diem Education upholds the highest standards in program safety, quality, and integrity, ensuring a rewarding and impactful educational journey for all students.

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    1529 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon(USA), United States



    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Dorm or Building
    • Platform Tent
    • Tents
    • Yurt

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Composting Toilets
    • Flush Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)
    • Showers (outdoor)

    More details about accommodations: Throughout the traveling programs, students will find themselves in a variety of culturally- appropriate accommodations. Living conditions will vary throughout your program, but they will always be safe and comfortable. During orientation and final travel you stay with your group in family-run guesthouses or small hostels or hotels. During the homestay portion of your program, your entire group will stay in one village where you and a partner live in a simple and rustic home, constructed of wood or cement block. Host families are selected for their warmth and friendliness, though their homes may not have electricity or indoor plumbing.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Carpe Diem Education technology free? Yes For our gap programs through Carpe Diem Education (students 17-22), we abide by a tech-minimalist policy. Carpe Diem students are asked to actively challenge themselves culturally, personally, and emotionally while abroad. We believe that in order to effectively do so, students need to be engaged with their surroundings. Electronics/wifi compatible devices can undermine a student’s ability to engage with their environment. To that end, Carpe Diem takes a “minimalist approach” to technology. Students are allowed to bring cell phones on the semester, though will be required to refrain from ANY Wifi use for the first 3 weeks of the program. After this timeframe, cell phones are reintroduced in the group with a focus on minimalist use and very specific times when the use of a cell phone is permitted. To find out more about our Technology Policy, click here. Minimizing the use of cell phones may seem difficult at first, as we live in a culture that values and relies heavily upon technology, social media, cell phones, etc. We can honestly say that most students report a sense of relief and gratitude for the opportunity to decrease their exposure to and use of technology. Our hope is that our students are able to cultivate a more mindful relationship with technology that they are able to carry well beyond their time with Carpe Diem. For our summer programs through Global Routes (students ages 14-18), we abide by a tech-free policy. We believe that limiting technology on a program builds better connections to ourselves, our peers, and our new environments. We appreciate that cell phones can be helpful when meeting your leader or parent on travel days and therefore we permit the use of cell phones for communication on the first and last days of your program ONLY. Cell phone use is not allowed during the entire course of the program Although this can be daunting at first, most students cite the lack of phones as one of their FAVORITE parts of the Global Routes summer program! “The technology free aspect of this program really allowed for me to be present throughout the trip. Without my phone, my mind was not occupied with anything other than Costa Rica which allowed for a truly immersive and transformative experience.” – Brynn, Global Routes Alum “It taught me more in-depth about the priceless mess of those little moments off the screen. So even though I jumped back in fairly quickly I’m taking more screen time breaks than I was before.” – Maia, Global Routes Alum Global Routes stays in close contact with each program and receives updates every few days. We are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to our group leaders for the entire summer, and provide regular updates via email and blog posts to parents, guardians, and mentors back home. Additionally, students will have a few opportunities throughout the program to contact home by mail, email, and phone.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Whether you’re aiming to make lessons come alive, offer training for your future camp counselors, or dreaming of a one-of-a-kind travel experience for your university students or scout troop – we design purposeful experiences that lead to meaningful impact. Itineraries are fully customizable from program length to learning outcomes. Whether you want to experience one of our established destinations or pioneer a new program, we are committed to creating the best educational travel program for your travelers. Learn more by visiting globalroutes.org and reviewing our Custom Program options.


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