EnRoute Consulting is a social enterprise dedicated to fueling the gap year movement and developing a generation of compassionate, driven and resourceful global citizens.
Founder Julia Rogers has more than a decade of gap year advising under her belt and is accredited by the Gap Year Association as an expert gap year counselor. As a gap year specific consultancy, we dream, live and breathe gap years – it’s our specialty!
The vision behind EnRoute Consulting is to empower young adults with the opportunity to use a gap year to expand their cultural horizons, challenge their comfort zones and follow their curiosity in order to become more compassionate, driven and resourceful global citizens. Julia works with students all over the United States and world. In addition to working individually with families, Julia partners with educators, service-learning organizations, non-profits and government entities to further hands-on education, encourage ethical travel and transform how we define higher education.
Benefits of hiring enroute
We value the fact that each student is different and Julia develops a unique relationship with every student.
We also support parents with what can be a challenging process – one in which you want to balance independence with ensuring a meaningful gap year.
Google estimates about 27,000,000 hits when you search “gap year program”. Sifting through thousands of opportunities is time consuming and frustrating. EnRoute provides options that are already tailored to your individual needs.
Connecting with students to articulate their passions, goals and hopes for their gap year encourages them to make deliberate decisions on how and where to spend their year out. We identify with the desires of students as well as the concerns of their parents.
At EnRoute, we carefully vet our partner organizations. This includes speaking with the directors of programs as well as returned participants, who provide unbiased feedback. We also keep safety top of mind when making recommendations and crafting independent experiences.
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
Julia Rogers is an experiential education expert with 12+ years in the field of emerging adulthood and a leader in the gap year industry. Julia works with educators, service-learning organizations, non-profits, and government entities to expand the gap year option.
DATABASE OF OPPPORTUNITIES
We use a database of vetted programs, providing us with the ability to find responsible opportunities for our clients. Whenever we recommend a gap year program or opportunity, you will have the peace of mind of knowing it has been properly researched.
We do not accept finders fees or commissions from organizations we recommend. Our recommendations are based on our commitment to the best fit for an individual client.
How Does it work?
Our goal is to empower a student to make the decisions about how to spend their gap time within a framework guided by their goals, budget and family parameters. Julia works with students to articulate their goals and hopes for their gap time, and then helps them make responsible, feasible choices that maximize the power of this special period of time.
The crux of our process is making personalized recommendations from EnRoute’s database of programs. Every program in our database has gone through a vetting process that includes an interview, reference checks and other due diligence that most families do not have time for. In certain instances, Julia has even vetted the program on-site! Julia has high standards, and only recommends opportunities that demonstrate the best in student experience, risk management and ethics. After getting to know a student, Julia makes recommendations tailored to that student’s personality, thus bringing the field of options into a more manageable range.
For more independent experiences, we work with families to determine the comfort level and guide the student through preparing to make it the most positive experience possible.
We offer full-length packages that offer support for the length of the designated gap time. In our experience, this structure is the most beneficial for the student. It allows Julia the time to get to know a student, guide them through the planning process, help them prepare and be available throughout the year should plans need to be adjusted.
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE
EnRoute wholeheartedly welcomes all people, regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
As a part of our commitment to foster an environment of trust with our clients, we abide by these guiding principles:
- We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals.
- We strive to create an atmosphere that is inclusive of all.
- We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
- We are committed to addressing issues of equity and justice in the travel industry through continued education, advocacy and personal interaction.
OUR ETHICAL TRAVEL STATEMENT
EnRoute acknowledges the fact that travel and volunteering can be a force for great good. It can also be extremely problematic. We do our best to foster respectful travel and volunteering by our students.
To this end, we have developed a set of standards that we use as our guide when counseling students on volunteering opportunities:
- Vulnerable Peoples: We discourage volunteers without appropriate training to work with orphans or other vulnerable children.
- Medical Work: We do not recommend programs that allow untrained volunteers to conduct medical procedures on patients. We do support programs that allow shadowing, non-invasive procedures (e.g. taking blood pressure) and public health projects provided they meet our other standards for recommendation.
- Child Protection: We encourage all programs to conduct background checks on volunteers who will be working with children. If a program cannot feasibly conduct background checks on volunteers, we expect assurances that children will not be left unsupervised with volunteers.
- Wildlife: We evaluate programs on a case-by-case basis by consulting with a wildlife biologist on best practices. We do not recommend opportunities that allow inappropriate interaction with domestic or wild animals. This includes but is not limited to:
- Sites that allow any direct contact with large cats like lions or tigers
- Sites that drug or sedate animals for the sole purpose of human interaction
- Sites that are currently or ever have been associated with canned hunting
We encourage responsible travel throughout our advising process and have developed a pre-departure curriculum to further educate students about how to be considerate global citizens.
OUR TRANSPARENCY STATEMENT
Vetting programs for safety standards and quality is the foundation of our business. EnRoute conducts these evaluations from a neutral standing and only recommends organizations that we believe offer a high-quality experience for our clients and host communities.
Part of this commitment includes our policy that we do not accept referral fees from the programs we recommend. Our recommendations are made purely on the merit of the program and not financial influence.
On occasion, Julia will be invited to visit programs or locations in order to evaluate opportunities in-person. These visits may be paid for in-part or in-full by tourism bureaus or organizations. The sponsors of these visits will have no influence over any potential future recommendations, and this agreement is put in writing ahead of such visits.