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  • Robin Pendoley

Robin Pendoley



Thinking Beyond Borders


Robin is Co-Founder and CEO of Thinking Beyond Borders, an educational gap year non-profit based in the US. He also serves as Co-Director of the USA Gap Year Fairs. Born and raised near San Francisco, he discovered at an early age that youth can affect the disparities and challenges of our world. Robin also learned the need to truly understand a problem before proactive changes can be made. He sees Thinking Beyond Borders as the actualization of those lessons.

Robin equipped himself by earning a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has lived and worked abroad including a semester of research in Cochabamba, Bolivia and leading a conservation program in Costa Rica. His travels introduced him to the peoples and geography of southern and western Africa, Europe, and South America.

He spent ten years working and teaching in public schools where he challenged students to question their assumptions about themselves and the world. In addition, experiences administering youth programs of all sizes endow him with extensive management and supervision skills. Robin continues walking this road of learning and teaching. His goal is to empower future leaders who will create proactive change as a result of their travels with Thinking Beyond Borders. Further, he sees the gap year as a fundamental part of preparing students for a successful college education, and continues to work with the USA Gap Year Fairs to educate students, parents, and educators about the opportunities that are available.

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  • Kathy Cheng

Kathy Cheng

Director of Admission


Dynamy Internship Year


Kathy is the Director of Admission at Dynamy Internship Year and plays a lead role in bringing you the USA Gap Year Fairs. Kathy is enthused by this opportunity to join such a well regarded and successful program like Dynamy Internship Year. Her background is in higher education admission. She worked at institutions such as Emerson College and Clark University and helped to guide students and families through the admission process as an Assistant Director. From this career path Kathy is very passionate about working with students to find the appropriate path for them.

Kathy's experiences include teaching Chinese at The College of the Holy Cross, Clark University’s Upward Bound and as an independent tutor. She worked in Shanghai, China in the Free Trade Zone and returns to China every couple of years to visit family. Kathy holds a Masters from Emerson College in Integrated Marketing Communication and is a published author in Search Engine Optimization, From Dial-Up to Dialogue. In her free time she is volunteering with the local animal rescue in Worcester and menotring through Dynamy's Youth Academy to help first generation, low income high school students bridge the college access gap.  

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