Competitive Analysis - Verto Part I
Global Citizen Year, Pacific Discovery, Outward Bound, Winterline, and Year On are five competitors of Verto Education. None of them offers a variety of college options, or the guarantee of college acceptance that Verto Education offers. Verto Education program costs between $12,000 and $18,000 per semester.
Global Citizen Year
- Global Citizen Year runs an annual gap year program where they select and train high school graduates from across America through a school-year long immersion in India, Brazil, Ecuador or Senegal.
- As Global Citizen Year Fellows, "they live with a local family and work as apprentices supporting efforts in education, health, and the environment". They learn new skills and perspectives that enrich their education. They also learn the language of their hosts by staying longer than typical study abroad.
- They assist their Fellows in applying to colleges and they partner with several colleges and universities. The gap year program is eight months long, it takes place from August to April and it costs $32,500.
Pacific Discovery offers a 10-week semester gap program with an optional extension of one to three weeks. The programs are offered during Fall and Winter/Spring, and can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative gap year experience.
- The program combine journeys to "some of the most spectacular places on earth, with authentic cultural immersion, language study, rewarding service-learning volunteer projects, and inspiring adventures".
- Each gap year program can be combined with another Spring or Fall semester programs to explore South America, Nepal & Tibet, Southeast Asia, or New Zealand & Australia.
- The program costs between $12,500 and $13,500.
- Pacific Discovery partners with Portland State University (PSU) and Seattle Central College (SCC) to offer optional academic credit.
- Outward Bound provides gap year training for technical outdoor skills. They focus on hands-on leadership training with several options spanning the globe. The courses range from "mountaineering to dog sledding to swimming with dolphins, as well as developing real-world decision-making, group management and leadership skills" in challenging settings.
- The program cost between $7,045 for a 50-day course and $15,495 for an 85-day course.
- There is also an option to acquire college credit during the gap year program.
- Winterline Global Skills Gap Year Program Outdoor Skills provides opportunity to develop "business & career skills, life skills, creating & construction, media & communication, global society & leadership skills, care giving, technical skills, independent living skills".
- Their travel destinations include American Rockies, US, Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
- Their partners include Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica, BMW, Ca’macana, Orsoni Glass, Grasshopper Adventures, Monteverde Institute, ThinkImpact, City of Knowledge, Paddle Panama, and Phare Circus.
- The program costs $55,000.