You could take a gap year with any number or organizations but only My World Initiative gives you the sweet spot of: personal development, humanitarian focus, spiritual foundation, progressively inclusion, and high-level adventure all in one packed year.
This year is going to to ask hard questions, show you uncensored realities, challenge your perceptions of people, open your eyes to culture, and refine your understanding of yourself and where you're going to do in this life. It's not for the faint of heart. It's going to be hard work, but anything worth having is worth fighting for.
My World is: International
My World goes to the front lines of the far horizons. We go to huts in villages and red light districts, we eat local exotic cuisine and travel like the locals. We see Buddhist Temples and Mayan Ruins. We see people in real life, learn their languages, hear their stories, understand their contexts. We go behind the curtain of the urban core and see the gears of city systems. We learn about the earth, agriculture, medicine, academics. Today it might be "the" world. But in 12 months you'll call it yours.
My World is: Educational
The adventure of My World is a daily classroom of sights, smells, places to go, people to meet. While participating in My World Initiative you'll include academic study as part of your schedule. Whether that be online classes, classroom attendance in Kansas City, or projects assigned by licensed professors as part of your My World experience, you'll leave your year with something to show for it. The amount of college credit earned while on this program is still in development. More details to come.
My World is: Personalized
My World isn't a cookie cutter program. Part of the ethos of this vision is that each participant will find their own unique voice on their journey. Coaches and mentors will be part of the program offering guidance and counsel to each student along their way. Personally chosen case studies and projects will be assigned as will placement in non-profits around the world. Participants will collaborate with leadership to tailor this program to their unique interests and passions. It'll truly be: one of a kind.
My World is: Practical
Throughout the journey, stops along the way will include interaction with people who are making a difference everyday. Those who run organizations, live and work with people from all walks of life and who may be facing an infinite number of challenges will share their stories and showcase their innovative solutions. Those who participate in My World will not just learn about specific enterprises, but also in how enterprise is launched and just what the possibilities are in how to contribute to making the world "My World."
My World is a: Launchpad
My World is a intense, focused year designed to show you variety. A variety of places, people, problems, weak solutions, strong solutions, and more than you could possibly consider. The goal is for you to see how easy the world is to navigate and to get a sense of where your personal skills and passions might match a need that exists. Maybe you'll leave My World as an advocate, someone who tells the story and supports those who are on the front lines, or maybe you'll see that your spot is right in the thick of things. You'll never know unless you try!