Jane Sarouhan has worked for over 20 years in the field of international and experiential education. Her journey began with a global circumnavigation (England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia) with 18 other students during her junior year at Boston University, which brought previously unimaginable passion and purpose to her many years of traditional academic learning.
Determined to deepen her hands-on education and commitment to social service, Jane promptly moved to California where she started a nonprofit that employed homeless adults in organic gardens in San Francisco. Her platforms for change expanded to include nonprofit management and documentary film-making. Amidst these pursuits, she also graduated Cum Laude in Anthropology from San Francisco State University.
For the next 15 years Jane worked for Global Routes, an international community service and travel program for high school, gap year, and college students. In her roles as group instructor and program manager she developed and guided student programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Later, as Director of Global Routes, she: hired, trained, and supervised over 100 field and full-time staff; developed protocol for admissions, risk management, and sustainable international development; and created custom programs for student and adult groups.
Jane is now Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the industry’s leading gap year counseling service, and is on the Board of Directors for the American Gap Association, a standards-setting organization for gap years. Jane travels the world to meet and vet new programs, speaks around the country on the topic of gap year, and counsels hundreds of families on the unique interests, budgets, strategies and program options that will best meet the needs and goals of each courageous gap year student.