The Gap Experience is an adventurous way to start your college career.

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, youll be able to further explore and put those passions to good use.

Servant Leadership

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