- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Costa Rica, United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Six Weeks
- Start Month: March, June, September
- Category: Outdoor Adventure
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Tents
- Application Deadline: 01/10/22
- Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
Adventure Treks' Leadership Adventure Gap semester is an outdoor adventure and life skills program based in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. The semesters include three multi-day backcountry trips where students will learn how to lead their peers in the outdoors. They'll gain mastery in skills like rock climbing, mountain biking and whitewater kayaking, whilst building confidence in themselves, their peers, learning life skills and how to be a stronger leader.
Our semester is a good fit for anyone who is looking to be a part of a strong, supportive community and is excited about being in the outdoors and pushing themselves to learn more.
Students will build interpersonal skills, live in a close community of peers, learn life skills like basic auto and home maintenance, and give back to the community with meaningful service. For spring and fall, students will basecamp in cabins in between backpacking trips. The open-air cabins are screened and rustic (no heat or A/C) but have electricity and are comfortable. For summer, students will camp expedition-style, traveling from location to location.
Cost and Session Information
Fall gap semester (74 days) Sept 7-Nov 19, 2022: $16,500
Our fall gap semester bases out of western North Carolina for the 74 days with students embarking on a seven-day backpacking trip at the beginning of the semester. As the semester progresses students begin to build up their skills in mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and backpacking, take their Wilderness First Responder course and a Swift Water Rescue course and learn life skills listed above. Students will embark on a 5-day thrupaddle in the middle of the semester and by the end of the semester will utilize the skills they've gained throughout the semester to plan and execute a 5-day student-led backpacking trip.
Summer gap semester (42 days) June 22-Aug 2, 2022: $7,395
Our summer gap semester will travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. During this expedition-style semester, students will build up their backpacking, mountaineering and rock climbing skills. This semester also teaches students how to plan and execute and a backcountry expedition, with students leading a 5-day backpack on the Olympic Peninsula at the end of the semester.
Spring gap semester (74 days) Feb 28-May 12, 2022: $16,500
Our spring semester mirrors are fall gap semester, except the first two weeks will be based in Costa Rica, where students will build there paddling skills. Students will have three days of curriculum on whitewater kayaking, embark on a 3-day rafting trip on the Pacuare River, take their Swift Water Rescue course and canoe through the canals of Costa Rica to overnight on the Caribbean coast. Once they return to western North Carolina they will start their first backpacking trip and follow the flow of the fall gap semester.
* Fall and spring semesters offer the ability to earn 14 college credits through Western Carolina University and summer semesters offer 10 college credits. Each semester includes Wilderness First Responder training.