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Calleva Outdoors

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Calleva Outdoors is a year-round educational non-profit that emphasizes team-building, wilderness skills, self-reliance, and leadership. We work with students of all ages, kids and adults alike, to empower them to explore their capabilities in a safe but challenging setting. Students come away with increased confidence and a new or renewed passion for outdoor adventure.

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Reviews

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Caroline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LOVED this program!

I can't rave about this program enough. I learned so many practical skills, from construction to wiring outlets, car maintenance, hauling logs on a skid loader, baking bread, harvesting crops, kayaking, climbing, camping, the list goes on. The staff are all incredible supportive and so much fun. The all have specialties in different areas, so you really have access to so much info and they are incredibly willing to teach you. There is something for everyone, whether you are interested in the trades, gardening, cooking, or outdoor adventure. The program is structured to fit everything in while leaving space to do the specific things you or your group might be into. Personally, I really enjoyed getting to work on our own projects towards the end of the program, because we could put our new skills to the test and had access to all of Calleva's resources. There was an emphasis on independence, with support as needed, which I found really helped set me up for college. I came out of the 12 weeks with such a breadth of knew found knowledge and interests, and I made lasting friendships with likeminded people. This program was the perfect stepping stone before heading off the college and adult life, and I am so glad I did it.

What was your funniest moment?
Either packing 50 chickens into the back of a Sprinter van to take back to the farm or camping on a 50 ft high cargo net, getting rained on, and having to climb down in the dark. Type 2 fun.
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Caroline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Calleva gap program RULES!

I can't rave about this program enough. The breadth of things I learned was massive - from construction, to wiring electrical, welding, driving a forklift, car maintenance, harvesting food, rock climbing, baking bread, camping outdoors, collaborating with peers, and so so much more. After learning some basic skills, I really appreciated that I could use them in a project of my own, and by having access to so many resources you can really make the project of your dreams. The staff are absolutely amazing and so supportive. They encouraged me to try new things and helped me along the way. After a little everyone really starts to feel like family, and I left with lifelong friends. The final backpacking trip was so much fun and I loved that we got to choose where to go! It is crazy how much is packed into just 12 weeks, and I left with so many new skills and tools to help me in college and beyond. If you have the chance to do this program, I promise you won't regret it!

What was your funniest moment?
Either picking up 50 chickens, piling them into the back of a Sprinter van, and driving them back to the farm or sleeping on a cargo net 50 feet in the air only to wake up being rained on and having to climb down at 3 am. Type 2 fun.
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Remi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Calleva Gap 2020-21 Review

This gap program was awesome and gave me the perfect opportunity to take a break from college while still learning and challenging myself. The staff are all awesome, encouraging and really qualified, and create a safe environment for students to experiment/improve their outdoor skills and craftsmanship. I also really appreciated the structure of the program: it walks you through all the facilities and tools you can have access to, and typically organizes collaborative work projects. But it also gives you a chance to work on a project of your choice/design and ends with a trip of the group's design ANYWHERE in the continental US. It was definitely a program that I personally got a lot of value and confidence from.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to connect and reach out to the staff as much as you can because they all have a unique set of skills which you can always learn from depending on your interests.
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Nathan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my gap year at Calleva!

I'm so glad I decided to spend my gap year at Calleva. I was exposed to so many amazing role models, learned so many practical skills, and made lifelong friends with the others in the program. I especially enjoyed the group projects we completed while learning construction skills that I could then take to work on projects of my own! I also loved our backpacking trip that we all went on at the conclusion of the program - it was the perfect way to end such an amazing semester! I felt much more prepared for college after the program having lived away from home for the entire program, but with some support from the Calleva staff when needed.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When we went on our backpacking trip at the end of the program, I was nervous about camping as I hadn't slept outside before, but I really felt safe and at home with the Calleva staff and the friends I had made throughout the semester.

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