Service: Into The Streets
Throughout the St. Norbert Gap Experience, you’ll have many opportunities to connect your passions with the needs of the world. During the middle component of this expedition, in particular, you’ll be able to further explore and put those passions to good use.
Over four weeks, you’ll travel to four different U.S. locations, where you’ll encounter poverty, homelessness and educational issues, among others. There you’ll work alongside SNC staff and strong community partners to support and mentor you as you serve in the midst of learning.
Week 1: Whispering Pines Retreat Center — Shawano, Wis.
- Whispering Pines is a 90-acre timbered sanctuary located minutes from Shawano, Wis. The primary function of Whispering Pines is to facilitate student development and learning. This focus directs its use toward academic research, retreats, leadership training, recreation and spiritual growth.
Week 2: Four Corners School of Outdoor Education — Monticello, Utah
- Float expedition down the San Juan River
- Natural and cultural history of Navajo and the Hopi peoples
- Campsite reclamation and trail work with the Bureau of Land Management
Week 3: David Darst Center — Chicago, Ill.
- Urban immersion covering issues of homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, social justice
- Assisting at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Week 4: Once Upon a Time Wilderness Adventures — Maryville, Tenn.
- Working with the Snowbird Cherokee Nation, reconstruction of homes, assisting the elderly, tutoring in the elementary school
- Exploring the cultural and natural history of the Smokey Mountains of Appalachia
- Experiencing homesteading practices: wood-chopping, jam-making, organic gardening