Hands On Learning Eco-Gap Year at EcoVillage Ithaca

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Eco-Gap offers 2 unique programs for to experience life in a vibrant and cutting edge intentional community.

Through hands-on learning, discussions and field trips you will explore a variety of socially just and environmentally sustainable techniques for living lightly on the land and peacefully with others. You’ll learn practical skills for transforming yourself and the world around the topics of food and farming, green building and renewable energy production, personal wellness and community development. We offer opportunities for you to explore topics that matter to you and the world, while adding to your skills and exploring ideas of how to apply your interests and talents to your life after the program! This is an 8 week long program that takes places September - October, with up to 8 participants.

Flexible option to spend 2 or more weeks between April-August at the EcoVillage Ithaca volunteering or doing research with a mentor.

  • ecovillage life
  • organic farming
  • green building
  • healthy cooking
  • social justice

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Our age range is 17-20 for our fall program. Thanks for asking.


based on 2 reviews
  • Housing 10
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9
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During my time in the Eco-Gap program, I had definite takeaways from all aspects of the program. When I first approached the possibility of taking a gap semester, I wanted to live in a place and be surrounded by people that I could collaborate, learn from and grow with. The Eco-Village community and city of Ithaca provided me with just that! HIGHLY recommend this program for all people who want to step out of the classroom and test out a new and more fulfilling learning experience. Anybody from any background and any place in life can grow from this experience.

How can this program be improved?
With this being The EcoVillage's first gap semester program , I had already expected there to be minor hiccups along the way. But none that were too unexpected.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Unique and Powerful

The Eco-Gap program was an incredibly enlightening experience, one in which much personal growth was attained. The program teaches you the many aspects of green living and organic farming as well as how to live and thrive in a community setting. Here, i found so many talented individuals who were always friendly and happy to help. The beautiful scenery and powerful history of the area only add to this delightful experience.

Yes, I recommend this program


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About Eco-Gap at EcoVillage Ithaca

Eco-Gap offers Immersion and Internship programs to experience life in a vibrant and cutting edge intentional community. Participants will be welcomed into EcoVillage Ithaca, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. Here you...