Leadership: Wyoming

The 14-week Gap Experience begins with three and a half weeks at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. Students explore the wilderness while camping, refining leadership skills, and examining environmental ethics.

 

Leadership: Wyoming

Gap students earn four credit hours: two credits in Natural Resrouces Learning and two credits in Wilderness Studies during their National Outdoor Leadership School expedition. Credits for NOLS will be granted through the University of Utah.

 

Service-Learning: South Dakota

The Gap Experience continues with four weeks of service-learning at locations across the country. Begin by traveling to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to learn about the Oglala Lakota tribe and serve on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

 

Service-Learning: Missouri

The second week of the service-learning experience takes students to Gateway Greening in St. Louis, Missouri where they focus on increasing access to fresh food for inner city neighborhoods.

 

Service-Learning: West Virginia

For the third week of the service-learning, we’ll travel to Mullens, West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. Here we’ll serve with the Rural Appalachian Improvement League, an organization dedicated to enacting positive social change for community members in the Southern West Virginia coalfields.

 

Service-Learning: North Carolina

The fourth week of service-learning brings students back to Alamance County, North Carolina where they’ll be able to connect what they’ve learned in South Dakota, Missouri, and West Virginia with social justice issues in the greater Elon community.

 

International: Spain

The Gap Experience concludes with six weeks in Spain. Students live with a local family while studying in Alicante. 

 

International: Spain

Students will earn four credit hours toward their Core Curriculum Requirements in Spain, two in Spanish Language and two in Spanish Culture and Society. All levels of Spanish language will be offered. 

 

Elon Gap Semester

Student Learning Outcomes

Through participation in the Elon Gap Experience, first year students will experience dynamic growth in three distinct (though not mutually exclusive) themes.  Students will develop a keen self-awareness including physical and manual competence, emotional intelligence, moral development, sense of purpose and integrity.  They will also develop ability to navigate team dynamics through utilizing effective interpersonal communication, demonstrating initiative and teamwork, and gaining multicultural competence.  Students will also develop leadership skills through goal setting, problem solving, and exposure to experiences that require ethical decision making.