Individualzed, Self-guided, Intentional
Our GAP YEAR program is an inner and outer JOURNEY, DISCOVER your CORE GIFT, ways to bring offer oneself to the WORLD, new PEOPLE, distant LANDSCAPES where epic walking ADVENTURES provide both a LAUNCH toward your INDIVIDUALIZED or Self-Guided gap year experience and a CAPSTONE to celebrate what you have LEARNED and prepare you to implement the INTENSIONS you have committed to for your FUTURE.
In addition to our Treks and Pilgrimages, we offer a Gap Year counseling experience on an ongoing and rolling basis throughout the year. The Trek Epic Gap Year Adventure is provided by Emerge Educational Consulting.
Participants begin with an exploration of their college and career interests, consideration of a variety of Gap Year options, and often participate on one of our walking adventures either as a "launch" or "capstone" trek.
We work collaboratively with our Gap Year clients throughout their experience, encouraging personal development, leadership, outdoor adventure, and environmental awareness, alongside the Core Gift Discovery process to help participants focus on their "next steps".
The "Launch" trek ends with participants transitioning to their self-selected gap year experiences. Throughout this second phase of the Gap Year program, they continue to work with our guides through ongoing mentoring and continued engagement with our personal development and growth curriculum. This is to say, they continue to focus on what they have discovered as their personal Core Gift, that essential and defining statement answering the question: “who am I”. They then look to their post trek gap experience to apply the Core Gift they have identified through the goals they have set to better live within their sense of purpose.
Each Gap Year participant then chooses a "capstone" 10-day trek that fits with the overall timing of their gap experience. This opportunity to take another walk along "the way", contributes to maintaining the momentum gained and truly setting oneself up for their continual and positive forward momentum!
Parents can also participate in their own calls to help be in touch with their student’s experience and transformation. Often, parents gain insight into their young adult’s Gap Year by participating on one of our adult pilgrimages during the year.