Multiple Locations +5
  • Wales
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Italy
52+ weeks

Program Details

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Price Details
Are you thinking about what to do next? Want a change? Bookend your Gap Year with Trek Epic treks and ongoing mentoring and support. Includes accommodations, in-country transportation. guides, facilitation, college advising and career assessment, full gap year curriculum and additional self selected independent gap experience placements. Beyond your tuition, you get your flights and you're good to go! Core Gift interviews, life planning, friendship, and amazing scenery along a coastal path or through the inland beauty of a distant land. Tuition includes the "launch" and "capstone" treks as well as ongoing mentoring and support throughout your gap year as you engage in self selected experiences.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Equipment Some Meals Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Scholarship opportunities.

What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals
Jun 30, 2024
Jun 26, 2024
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About Program

Trek Epic offers Gap Year Counseling, planning and mentoring for emerging young adults wanting a more self-guided approach to their experience or who are looking to either "Launch" their gap year or engage in a "Capstone" like right of passage toward the end of their journey. This may include recommendations for any number of program options, as well as one of our 10-Day Treks. Each of our walking adventures are uniquely facilitated to help students explore more of who they are and what they have to offer the world around them! Additionally, we provide Pilgrimages as an option for parents and older adults.

Location: The Wicklow Way, Dublin, Ireland
Dates: Sept 19th - 28th, 2024
Ages: 23+

Location: The Alentejo Coast, Portugal
Dates: April 24th - May 3rd, 2025
Ages: 23+

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Program Highlights

  • Gap Year participants begin with a 10-Day "Launch" Trek
  • Trekkers engage in college and career life planning, utilizing the Greenwood 120 Assessment and Core Gift Discovery Process
  • Participants take part in a Self Selected Independent Experience chosen based on their interests, options Worldwide
  • Throughout their Independent Experience students receive mentoring and support
  • Trekkers take their next steps by joining a 10-Day Advanced or "Capstone" trek as a final phase of their Gap Year

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  • Housing 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Portugal 2024

It was such a great travel experience where everything was perfectly planned down to the last detail. The food and accommodations were absolutely incredible! It was such an eye opening experience speaking about gifts, gratitude and having that be our focus on top of our daily treks! Absolutely fantastic! Would highly recommend this program! I've been in my job for almost 4 years now and it helped ignite a moving forward mindset in me and find a way forward in the role that I'm in.
Thank you for this incredible opportunity! I learned so much about my self and gifts. I also am honored to bring this program to where I work- thank you!

  • Drinks and food
  • Travel
  • Conversations
  • Sand
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Trekking Adventure

I had a wonderful time for my first Trekking experience thanks to Andrew B he made everything feel so seamless going from one place to the next. From the moment we arrived we had Andrew F and a driver waiting to take us to our destination with the rest of the group. All the places we stayed in the host were amazing and out tour guides were wonderful and knowledgeable very helpful and didn’t make me feel bad even though i was always behind out group of women were amazing and I had the best time !

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I had a hard time missing my family and i was out of my comfort zone but i wouldn’t change a thing I learned so much about myself and overcame some fears
  • Trying new food
  • Meeting new people
  • No planning
  • Blisters
  • Sand walking
  • Light packing
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Trek - Camino de Santiago

This travel opportunity was phenomenal!!! It’s one to always remember and talk about with others! The day to day logistics were fully taken care of by the Trek Epic team which made the experience so much sweeter. We were able to maximize our entire trip through exploration of the towns we stayed at as we tried various foods/restaurants, gained exposure of cultures, and learned European history all while embarking a self-discovery journey full of nature and joy. I met amazing human beings who brought so much diversity, laughter and adventure to the group dynamic.

  • Gained trail sisters
  • Self-discovery intention/purpose
  • Delicious local food & nonstop adventure
48 people found this review helpful.
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Trek Epic Fisherman’s Trail Portugal

It was an epic trip!! Myself and others who went on the trip have stayed in touch and agree that it was an incredible journey that allowed us to learn more about ourselves, core gifts and each other. I deepened my understanding of travelling, pushing myself, and allowing myself to feel and still be valued as an important part of the trek. What I learned will never be forgotten. It is a personal journey, and making the decision to go is just as important as going! You will dive deeper into yourself, what’s important to you, what you can let go of, how to heal, work through decisions and traumas. I felt accepted, welcomed, thought of and important to the groups success and I felt everyone had an important part to play, and everyone was where they needed to be. Everyone has their own way of accomplishing a pilgrim and we all made it and pushed ourselves!

  • Personal development
  • Professional development
  • Travel experience
68 people found this review helpful.
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Trek Epic - Pembrokeshire

I was fortunate enough to attend the trek epic trip to wales/Pembrokeshire for 10 days. I saw various parts of the UK particularly on the ocean countryside that was breathtaking and beautiful. I also met very nice young adults from all over the world that took part on the trek aside me. I also got a sense of what my core gifts are through daily reflection. overall I rate the experience a 10/10. although I enjoyed getting to know the other people who participated on the trek, most of them lived far away from where I am from.

  • better sense of self
  • scenery
  • relationships
  • limited time of travel
88 people found this review helpful.
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A sunny adventure that came at the right time

Andrew and Marielle were the guides on my trek and they were fun, confident, and provided the structure we needed to make the trip successful. Andrew answered my questions as to ease my worry before I got on my flight. I found it comforting to be surrounded by warm and unique individuals, especially our B&B hosts.

Of course I wish the trek had lasted longer: lots of beautiful scenery, deep conversations, and appreciation for life that followed me back home. This trek came when I needed it most.

  • Lots of support before and after the trek: recommended items to pack, questions answered, daily gratitudes, follow-up, etc.
  • Where we're eating and sleeping daily is arranged as to ease any worry about organization
  • I was emotional the first day because I was scared but also grateful for the experience. Everyone on our trek was kind and eased my fear.
  • I wish it would have lasted longer!
86 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent staff and social group with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds everyone seemed up for the trek and up for its learning process. The trek itself was very beautiful and every place we stopped for the night had different and new things to experience. Are bigger luggage was carried to our next location so we only had to bring a backpack with essentials on the walks witch helped us focus more on the nature and ourselves then worrying about our back pain! Honestly no complaints great experience a good start to a long an unexpected journey I’m still on!

  • Learning more about yourself
  • Seeing new places
  • Meeting new people
88 people found this review helpful.
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Lisbon to Fatima

This was an awesome, safe way to travel, meet new people and gain a greater understanding of myself. Andrew was awesome and the housing was great. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to broaden their horizons and dig deeper in to what makes them tick. I pushed myself physically and mentally and came away with incredible memories. I not only learned about other cultures and people but also about what I was capable of and clarified what my purpose is in this world. Great people, great program.

  • Seeing the world
  • Pushing myself physically
  • Discovering things about myself
  • Blisters
  • People snoring
  • The heat
88 people found this review helpful.

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