Educational Components


Service LearningCommunity Service
Students get a chance to choose a service-learning project located in an urban  environment. Last year’s students participated in two projects that helped the homeless in inner city Pittsburgh. One group spent time volunteering at a homeless shelter that provides meals to those in need, while the other group went to the surgery recovery center, a place for the homeless to recover from surgery if they have nowhere else to go.

Wilderness ExplorationWilderness Experience
Students will organize a wilderness experience that will include the possibility of hiking, canoeing, or kayaking in the area of the United States where they have chosen to travel. Last year’s students hiked a six mile trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, “picking their way over rocks and streams in relentless pursuit of the summit,” where they enjoyed an amazing view of the Waterville Valley and beyond.

 Cultural AwarenessCultural Awareness
Students will study the culture of a particular people located in the area of the United States where they have chosen to travel. Students from a previous expedition visited Lancaster County to learn about the Amish way of life, traditions, history, and rituals.

Environmental Stewardship Environmental Education
Students get to choose an environmental issue or concern to explore by meeting directly with people involved in the subject-matter. Last year’s group visited the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi, and interviewed a local farmer there to find out more about the impacts, benefits and concerns of erecting large windmills on local farmlands.

Adventure-Based Education Outdoor/Adventure-Based Recreation
Students get to choose an outdoor-based recreation activity. Examples from previous expeditions include: White-water rafting down the New River Gorge in West Virginia, Rock Climbing at McConnelsmill in Pennsylvania, or going Sea-Kayaking in the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.