In January 2019, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will launch a new signature Gap Term Program. OHP will set sail into the Atlantic Ocean and travel through the Caribbean for eleven weeks with a cohort of Gap Year students. The program will center around themes of self-discovery, leadership, team building, global citizenry, cultural comparison and reciprocity, and environmental advocacy and stewardship.

Join us for a life-changing adventure! Become a proficient mariner, and learn about the rich, diverse heritages and ecosystems of the Caribbean, all while discovering your own-true self. 

Spring Term:

Offshore: 24 January-4 April 

Onshore: 4-8 April in St. John, USVI

Fall Term:

Dates TBA 

Aboard SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, we focus not only on learning the ship, but learning FROM the ship. Our professional crew and educators guide each student to  recognize and embrace their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Using mind, body, and spirit, student trainees discover how to sail a commercial Tall Ship while encountering themselves. Each individual participates to the best of their ability within the rotating watch system and the efforts of every member of the ship's company are vital to the voyage. No one aboard is a passenger-everyone works together to create a successful voyage. No prior experience is necessary; no extraordinary fitness is required. 

Learn all about our Gap Term!


Learn about program topics, themes, and classes

How to Apply

Guidance through the application process


Check out our answers to common questions! 

The Ship

Explore SSV Oliver Hazard Perry on and below deck! 


Our cruise track and port stops

Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn more about tuition, scholarships, and financial aid

Need help? Have questions? Contact us! 

Liz Fisher Sullivan (Education Director): Liz@ohpri.org

Liz is your go-to contact for Gap Term questions and guidance. She will answer any questions regarding the soup-to-nuts of the program, including academic content, port stops, assistance with college deferment, gathering application materials, and the nitty gritty of logistics from airfare to packing. 

Jessica Wurzbacher (Chief Operating Officer): jess@ohpri.org

Jess is here to help you manage the cost of your Gap Term program. Contact her regarding financial aid, scholarship, and payment plans

Hannah Spicer (Operations Assistant): hannah@ohpri.org

Hannah is our in-house expert for all things "ACTIVE." For questions pertaining to Active registration, uploading forms to Active, etc. reach out anytime!