Support through AdventureEXP
We know what it’s like to travel and work away from home. Although it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you can take early in your career, it of course comes with challenges. AdventureEXP is here helping you every step of the way with Adventure Advising before your trip, Adventure orientation, excursions during your program and emergency support for everything in between.
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Cost of Living Calculator
Ensure you have created and know your budget for your Adventure. Decide your savings goals like the cost of school or a vacation with friends you meet on your program. This all starts with understanding your anticipated income, current expenses and setting savings goals that make sense for you.
Speak with your Adventure Guide about your budget and let AdventureEXP help you with our budget toolkit.
Vibrant Gap Year: Coaching and Mentorship Services with Karly & Chloé
Vibrant Gap Year offers AdventureEXP participants two reduced-rate coaching and mentorship packages that will enrich your experiences and provide practical support while you travel.
Coaching will help you define your goals, build your self-confidence, and create greater personal awareness and empowerment. Through mentorship, you will have support to navigate and overcome challenges you face, be it pre-departure assistance, living alone for the first time, or translating your learnings into future next steps.
Find Your Ikigai package offers 5hr of 1:1 coaching to help you define your core values and discover your why. The results of this coaching give you a road map of your ikigai or the way you derive purpose and meaning in your life; preparing you to go forth into the world with intention and self-fulfilment. Services available in French and in English.
The Leap Learn Bloom package offers 3hr of 1:1 coaching or mentorship before, during, and/or after your travels. Through this customizable package, Vibrant Gap Year coaches meet you exactly where you are, addressing your needs and offering support so that you have the best experience possible. Services are available in French and in English.
*Hourly coaching in French and in English available as well.
PTO & Travel During Adventure
We know you’re already traveling for your Adventure through AdventureEXP but we feel taking time for yourself is critical in success during your experience. It’s so important to take care of your mental & emotional health by taking time off from work and doing what you love – travel, read, sleep in, go backpacking or finding that cool natural hot spring every local always talks about.
Your vacation time will depend on your employer and the job you select for your Adventure. Speak with your supervisor and Human Resources to understand the policy around PTO and how to request time off. Remember that PTO is actually part of your benefits package and should be used in whatever way makes you the happiest.
As for traveling outside your working location during your program, AdventureEXP supports you and more importantly, trusts you. Make decisions during your placement that both make you happy and meet the expectations of your employer. Talk to your Adventure Guide for ideas on local/regional travel.
AdventureEXP takes every step to ensure you can not only afford your Adventure but thrive & save money. At the same time, if you are interested in getting a 2nd job, you are permitted to do so but remember that your primary employer is your priority and your 2nd job cannot interfere with your schedule or work ethic during your program. Talk to your Adventure Guide if you are interested in a 2nd job.
Unhappy With Your Job
We work tirelessly before you ever see a Job Offer to ensure that we have collected all the information about the location, company, position, housing. It comes down to we don’t ever want you to be surprised.
When you accept a position, AdventureEXP and your new employer are counting on you to keep to your commitment and stay through the agreed end date of your program. If you are unhappy, bring it to AdventureEXP’s attention immediately and give us the chance to resolve your concerns before we move on to a new position.
We’re in this together! We only succeed when you succeed and have the experience you planned and deserve.
AdventureEXP does not provide insurance coverage during your program.
If you are on your parents’ insurance plan, be sure you understand the requirements of maintaining coverage if you are taking any amount of time off from college or earning an income.
Employers through AdventureEXP offer their own health benefits that you may be eligible for depending on the employer, your program length and position. Your employer’s Human Resources office can answer all questions about benefits you may have.
Through your employer, know the details of your Job Offer to know what additional benefits are offered to you as an employee. These are all parts of your benefits package, just like PTO – take advantage of them.
For benefits from AdventureEXP, your local representative will check-in with you throughout your program virtually and in-person. For all excursions, it is important that you share your feedback so we can continue improving the program we are offering you. We need your help to make your experience the best it can be.
As an employee in the United States, you will pay all local, state and federal taxes as elected in your W-4 when you onboard with your employer.
You may however be eligible for some tax benefits depending on the amount you earn during your program and if your program is the only earnings you have during the year.
Your employer will provide you with a copy of your W-2 for you to file your own taxes.
AdventureEXP is not a tax professional but we can recommend services when it comes to filing your taxes.