Tribal Gap Year

Tribal Ambassadorship Gap Year

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GAP YEAR (noun)  a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education.

Gogi Abroad is pleased to offer this unique 8-month gap year program with the hope of cultivating cultural ambassadors of the world.  This gap year program will help you learn about yourself in a profound way, it will give you a deep sense of connection through tribe and it will open your mind to culture developing and fostering a sense of cross-cultural connection. When you arrive and settle into each new culture with its people and landscape, you begin to experience first hand that, at our core, all human beings are the same. We are of one large tribe that has adapted to survive different environments.  It is not only possible, but vital, for the future of this world that our youth explore the concepts of tribal identity and to experience connection to our wider, human tribe, across cultural divides.P1090698

We need to allow the new to spring up from the compost of the old paradigms of “us” and “them”, to replace the concept of “tolerance” with a sense of humility and appreciation for other cultures. Tolerance assumes there is a difference at the fundamental level between people. The development and fostering of a sense of connection, however, is a more sustainable model.  Through world travel and cross-cultural engagement, we develop a more unified perspective through experience of tribal art and social ritual.  We can work together as citizens of the earth, to share methods of managing vital resources such as water, as well as methods of farming, animal husbandry and food production for the benefit of all.

 Students will travel to four locations on the globe where they will work alongside a tribe. You will live with this tribe for two months and examine four important elements of the culture.

THE FOUR LOCATIONS ON THE GLOBE: Indonesia, Tanzania, Peru & Spain

Key Questions to explore during this Tribal Gap Year

How are people of different cultures coming together to manage their resources sustainably?   How are communities brought together in farming, and animal husbandry?  How are communities brought together in music, and in ritual?

FIRST STOP: Bali, Indonesia

You will begin your Tribal Gap year exploring a new culture and language with meaningfulness and an enriching experience. You will participate in a home stay while exploring sustainable farming and husbandry. You will also have the opportunity to work at a school. You will visit the major tribal group that is located in the mountains.

SECOND STOP: Longido, Tanzania

You will live in Longido with a Maasai tribe. You will be working with a women’s beading corporation and will work with children at local schools. Bead making is of great importance and learning this art teaches conciseness – each bead and each piece of art has a specific intention.

THIRD STOP: Cusco, Peru 

You will work with the indigenous community and the Q’ero tribe. This tribe lives high up in the Andean mountains of Cusco. They are a small community of farmers, weavers and medicine people. The Q’ero looked for refuge in “villages in the clouds” following the invasion of Peru by the Spanish Conquistadors almost five hundred years ago and remain there to this day. They were “discovered” in 1949 by the anthropologist Oscar Nunez del Prado, who led the first expedition to the Q’ero villages in 1955.

FINAL STOP: Cadiz, Spain

Los Gitanos de Andalucía – The Gypsies of Andalusia. You will end your Tribal Ambassador gap year experience in a developed country. The contrast is important for the growth and learning; you will learn about the life of Gitanos in Southern Spain, flamenco, music and dance.

 ELEMENTS that students will examine in each country:

Ritual and Ceremony:

The coming of age, bringing children into the world, assigning them a place in the community, finding place in a new culture, finding identity in your tribe. How people are brought together in ritual, rites of passage, honoring the earth, etc.

Sustainability & Farming:

How does the culture grow food? How we work together to be citizens of earth. These practices around the world vary a great deal. Understanding that the western world has the best technology but that it doesn’t mean it has the best ways to grow food. How people are brought together with sustainable issues and sustainable resource management.


How does the culture and people work with animal husbandry and farming in their community and daily lives?

Art and Music:

To look at art and how it is expressing the reality that people live in. How the community brought together in music? Create art with the local tribes and see how it brings a new awareness about the culture and people.