At Vibrant Gap Year we are certified life coaches & NLP Masters, we speak four languages and have visited more than 55 countries. Karly is American and calls Massachusetts, New Zealand and France home. Chloé is French and calls Paris, the Basque Country and Texas home. Keep reading to get to know more about your gap year counselors!

At Vibrant Gap Year we are certified life coaches & NLP Masters, we speak four languages and have visited more than 55 countries. Karly is American and calls Massachusetts, New Zealand and France home. Chloé is French and calls Paris, the Basque Country and Texas home. Keep reading to get to know more about your gap year counselors !

Karly

“After graduating from boarding school in the Northeastern US, I desperately wanted a break from my daily grind of study, sports, sleep, repeat. I was overwhelmed by school and the expectation that I should know what to do with the rest of my life. I wanted time to explore, to study a new language, to travel and learn about the world and myself. I wanted to discover who I was outside of my fairly prescribed existence. And so, with dubious but always supportive parents, I decided to take a break from my traditional education path. I worked in a restaurant and saved money. I audited classes I was interested in; I volunteered with at-risk youth; I made art and I climbed mountains. I learned Spanish, traveled around Peru and Bolivia, lived with a homestay family, volunteered in a Quechua village, and conducted independent research. When I went back to college in the fall of the following year, I was refreshed and ready to learn. I had been challenged, pushed out of my comfort zone, humbled and able to grow into the best version of myself. I was finally ready for college and I couldn’t get back there fast enough.”

Karly holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a MA in Development Studies from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a certified NLP life coach, a NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master, a TOEFL – certified language teacher, and a Wilderness First Responder. She is a US citizen, and a permanent resident of New Zealand and France. In addition, she has lived in Bulgaria, Austria, Nicaragua, Chile and Peru and has traveled to more than 30 countries.

Before starting Vibrant Gap Year, Karly worked extensively in international education and the international development sector. Among other roles, she was a trip leader for Where There Be Dragons in Peru and Assistant Director of Admissions at The American University of Paris. She conducted research in the Latin American division of Human Rights Watch in New York City, and she worked as a consultant on the integration of refugee and migrant women for the Red Cross in Vienna, Austria. In Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, she was the national fundraising manager for the country’s refugee resettlement organization.

Bringing together her passion for working with students and the belief that cross-cultural interactions are an important agent for positive social change, Karly decided to start Vibrant Gap Year. She relishes the opportunity to support young women at a transformative time in their lives, helping them to become more resourceful individuals who are better equipped to service the world and more capable of carving out the path they want for themselves.

Karly is an avid skier, hiker and all-around nature enthusiast. She loves to cook, practice yoga, and spend time with her husband and two children.

Chloé

“When I was 20 years old, I traveled alone for the first time, visiting a friend studying in Guangzhou, China. I didn’t speak any Chinese and only basic English, which made navigating the city challenging, but also hugely gratifying. I was able to truly step out of my comfort zone and meet unfamiliar situations with confidence. It was during this trip that I fully stepped into myself, owned my own beliefs, and discovered what I’m capable of.

While open-mindness, interest in and respect for other cultures were values ingrained in me from childhood—through extensive travel with my family—it was through traveling on my own that I developed an ability to reflect critically and I began to understand my part in the greater whole.”

Chloe holds a BA and MA in Geology, a PhD in Geosciences and is a NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master and a certified life coach. After working for seven years in the geosciences industry, she discovered the corporate world was not in line with her values. Working as a woman in the industry, which is still quite patriarchal, was sometimes difficult. This experience nevertheless allowed her to assert herself as a woman and to develop her self-esteem and confidence in the professional world.

These experiences pushed her to reorient towards more meaningful work with people. To Vibrant Gap Year, she brings her greatest passions—her openness to the world, her deep love of travel and her endless yearning for personal growth.

Chloe has traveled to more than 30 countries, is fluent in French and English and is learning Spanish. She is passionate about science, world cuisine and travel. She enjoys being active, living a vegan lifestyle and exchanging ideas with new people.

Karly

“After graduating from boarding school in the Northeastern US, I desperately wanted a break from my daily grind of study, sports, sleep, repeat. I was overwhelmed by school and the expectation that I should know what to do with the rest of my life. I wanted time to explore, to study a new language, to travel and learn about the world and myself. I wanted to discover who I was outside of my fairly prescribed existence. And so, with dubious but always supportive parents, I decided to take a break from my traditional education path.

I worked in a restaurant and saved money. I audited classes I was interested in; I volunteered with at-risk youth; I made art and I climbed mountains. I learned Spanish, traveled around Peru and Bolivia, lived with a homestay family, volunteered in a Quechua village, and conducted independent research. When I went back to college in the fall of the following year, I was refreshed and ready to learn. I had been challenged, pushed out of my comfort zone, humbled and able to grow into the best version of myself. I was finally ready for college and I couldn’t get back there fast enough.”

Karly holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a MA in Development Studies from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a certified life coach, a NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner, a TOEFL – certified language teacher, and a Wilderness First Responder. She is a US citizen, and a permanent resident of New Zealand and France. In addition, she has lived in Bulgaria, Austria, Nicaragua, Chile and Peru and has traveled to more than 30 countries.

Before starting Vibrant Gap Year, Karly worked extensively in international education and the international development sector. Among other roles, she was a trip leader for Where There Be Dragons in Peru and Assistant Director of Admissions at The American University of Paris. She conducted research in the Latin American division of Human Rights Watch in New York City, and she worked as a consultant on the integration of refugee and migrant women for the Red Cross in Vienna, Austria. In Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, she was the national fundraising manager for the country’s refugee resettlement organization.


Bringing together her passion for working with students and the belief that cross-cultural interactions are an important agent for positive social change, Karly decided to start Vibrant Gap Year. She relishes the opportunity to support young women at a transformative time in their lives, helping them to become more resourceful individuals who are better equipped to service the world and more capable of carving out the path they want for themselves.

 

Karly is an avid skier, hiker and all-around nature enthusiast. She loves to cook, practice yoga, and spend time with her husband and two children.

Chloé

 

“When I was 20 years old, I traveled alone for the first time, visiting a friend studying in Guangzhou, China. I didn’t speak any Chinese and only basic English, which made navigating the city challenging, but also hugely gratifying. I was able to truly step out of my comfort zone and meet unfamiliar situations with confidence. It was during this trip that I fully stepped into myself, owned my own beliefs, and discovered what I’m capable of.

While open-mindness, interest in and respect for other cultures were values ingrained in me from childhood—through extensive travel with my family—it was through traveling on my own that I developed an ability to reflect critically and I began to understand my part in the greater whole.”

Chloe holds a BA and MA in Geology, a PhD in Geosciences and is a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master and a life coach. After working for seven years in the geosciences industry, she discovered the corporate world was not in line with her values. Working as a woman in the industry, which is still quite patriarchal, was sometimes difficult. This experience nevertheless allowed her to assert herself as a woman and to develop her self-esteem and confidence in the professional world.

These experiences pushed her to reorient towards more meaningful work with people. To Vibrant Gap Year, she brings her greatest passions—her openness to the world, her deep love of travel and her endless yearning for personal growth.

Chloe has traveled to more than 30 countries, is fluent in French and English and is learning Spanish. She is passionate about science, world cuisine and travel. She enjoys being active, living a vegan lifestyle and exchanging ideas with new people..

Your NLP life coaches have seen the world. Karly and Chloé have visited 55 countries and counting!

Why us ?

Working with students and families to help plan, execute and process meaningful gap experiences is both our passion and our privilege. Our knowledge as consultants comes from years of living in different countries, traveling extensively and working within international development and international education contexts. This gives us a unique and broad understanding of the world and the possibilities for our clients.

Our backgrounds ensure that we understand the ethics required in programming, and we extensively research and properly vet all opportunities we present to families, concentrating on risk management and safety as top priorities.

As certified life coaches and NLP Masters, we take pride in our ability to help students identify their goals, reflect on their experiences, and translate their learnings into future next steps. In NLP, we recognize that nothing is as crucial to personal growth as being clear about one’s goals. Gap time isn’t just about having amazing experiences (though we strive to help create many of those!). It is rooted in self discovery, and with purposeful mentoring, students integrate their learnings, allowing them to build their toolbox for life.

We would love to hear about your gap year dreams and goals. Book a free discovery call and let’s start the adventure together!

Karly and Chloé, certified NLP life coaches, in Galveston Beach, Texas

Certified NLP Life Coaches: why us ?

Working with students and families to help plan, execute and process meaningful gap experiences is both our passion and our privilege. Our knowledge as consultants comes from years of living in different countries, traveling extensively and working within international development and international education contexts. This gives us a unique and broad understanding of the world and the possibilities for our clients.

Our backgrounds ensure that we understand the ethics required in programming, and we extensively research and properly vet all opportunities we present to families, concentrating on risk management and safety as top priorities.

As certified NLP life coaches, we take pride in our ability to help students identify their goals, reflect on their experiences, and translate their learnings into future next steps. In NLP, we recognize that nothing is as crucial to personal growth as being clear about one’s goals. Gap time isn’t just about having amazing experiences (though we strive to help create many of those!). It is rooted in self discovery, and with purposeful mentoring, students integrate their learnings, allowing them to build their toolbox for life.

We would love to hear about your gap year dreams and goals. Book a free discovery call and let’s start the adventure together!

Karly and Chloé in Galveston Beach, Texas
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