*NOTE: The dates listed below are tentative for the 2016 Gap Experience. The final dates may vary slightly.
|April 22-23||Rising Phoenix Weekend: Gap Experience students will follow a special track during the weekend.|
|August 16- September 12|
National Outdoor Leadership School Expedition: Learn about leadership, communication, and teamwork; travel through rugged wilderness while practicing outdoor living skills; and foster a strong environmental ethic in the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming.
|September 13- 16||Transition Week: Travel from Lander, Wyoming to Eagle Butte, South Dakota visiting the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore en route.|
|September 17-23||Service-Learning with the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota: Learn about the history, traditions, and culture of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans and about life on the Reservation. All service will be done on the reservation.|
|September 26-30||Service-Learning with Gateway Greening & other non-profit agencies focusing on food insecurity in St. Louis, Missouri: Learn about hunger issues and urban poverty. The work will be done with a variety of non-profit organizations focused on fighting food insecurity.|
|Service-Learning with the Rural Appalachian Improvement League in Mullens, West Virginia: We will learn about the history of coal mining, environmental and economic complexities of the coal mining industry, and Appalachian culture.|
|October 10-14||Service-Learning in the greater Piedmont area in North Carolina: During our final week of service, work to connect what you've learned about poverty and social justice to our local community in the Piedmont area in North Carolina. Students will also have the opportunity to foster connections with community members and service partners with whom they can reconnect when they arrive on campus in January.|
|October 15- 22||Fall Break: There is no option to remain with Elon staff. Students are responsible for travel to/from home. Fall Break is the only break Gap Experience students have during the semester and the only formal opportunity to see family and/or friends until the program's conclusion in early December.|
October 22-December 2
|Study Abroad: Live with a local family while studying in Alicante, Spain.|
|January 1||Gap Move-In Day: The first day students can begin moving in to their assigned campus residence hall.|
|January 2||Orientation for Gap students and families, including a Welcome Back Dinner.|
|January 3-25||Winter Term. Gap students take one four-credit course and attend various events designed to help aid them in their transition to campus.|
|January 26-29||Fake Break|
|January 30-May 16||Spring Semester: In addition to their regular academic course load, Gap students also take Elon 101 as a cohort.|
Students will be expected to provide their own travel for the following:
You are welcome to drive to/from the designated airport/meeting location if you prefer or are in close proximity. The information listed above is tentative and subject to change. Confirmed details will be provided to program participants following acceptance. All other travel is included in the program costs.