Jane Sarouhan has worked for over 20 years in the field of experiential education. Her first pivotal step began when she made a global circumnavigation (England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia) during her junior year at Boston University. As an anthropology major, this was an unparalleled exposure to new cultures for Jane, but as a young adult this was also an introduction to inspiring role models, to resiliency, and to learning through hands-on experience.
Jane returned from these travels and promptly moved to California where she started a nonprofit that employed homeless adults in organic gardens. In addition to working in nonprofit management and documentary film-making, she also started to guide student groups overseas in the summers. Amidst these pursuits, she graduated Cum Laude in Anthropology from San Francisco State University.
Ultimately, Jane’s passion for working with young adults became her sole focus, and she began a 15 year career with Global Routes, a leading community service and travel program provider for high school, gap year and college students. In her roles as group instructor and program manager she developed and guided student programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As the Director of Global Routes she: hired, trained, and supervised over 100 field and full-time staff; developed protocol for admissions, risk management, and sustainable project development; created custom programs for student and adult groups; and ultimately moved the organization back to the east coast in the spring of 2002.
Now as Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the industry’s oldest and leading gap year counseling service, Jane continues to do what she loves most: to support the interests and aspirations of young adults, parents, and fellow professionals as they explore their own exciting next steps in life’s education. She travels the world to meet and vet quality programs and placements, speaks around the country on the topic of the gap year, advises new programs on best practices, and works closely with families to curate the gap year options that will best meet the needs, goals and budget of each courageous gap year student.