Trek Epic Gap Year Adventures

Trek Epic

About

Trek Epic offers a transformational opportunity to emerging young adults seeking to expand their understanding of their unique gifts and how they might offer them to the world. Trek Epic has designed 10 day international walking treks and a Gap Year option as experiences for guided personal reflection and small group work. Throughout their time on trek, they develop a personal statement of their "Core Gifts" and explore how they can purposefully apply these passions, interests and talents to their future. Trekkers come out of their trek experience with specific ideas for next steps in their lives and an increased sense of confidence and purpose. Through the Trek Epic Gap Year, participants are able to fully implement what they learn through their 3-week "launch" trek by being mentored through self selected placements leading up to their "capstone" trek to complete the program where they have the opportunity to reunite with their cohort and share all they have learned along "the way".

Reviews

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Edward
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My first great European adventure.

In August of 2014 shortly after graduating High school. I set off on my very first trip to the United Kingdom. My trip began with a 10-day Pilgrimage with Trek epic starting in London and heading up through the Northumberland region of the UK that borders Scotland to the North and the North sea to the east. These Pilgrimages are specially designed for you to disconnect from the rest of the world and discover what truly makes you special inside and how you can use that gift i to benefit others in your day-to-day life. For the most part you live like a local we stayed in hostels not Hotels and we enjoyed the local foods of each destination we visited. Which is also what I think makes Trek epic a fun and memorable experience for all.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment I remember was forgetting my luggage on the train ride up from London and having to were pretty much the same thing the entire time I was in the UK with very few laundry options. I also willingly went swimming in the North Sea at various points along the Trek.
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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trek Epic

I did the Pembrokeshire coast trek with Trek Epic and it was an amazing experience. I think what makes Trek Epic unique is their emphasis on learning about both yourself and others. I was able to meet some really awesome people through my trek with them. Everything was well organized and each of our stops was interesting and unique. Our guides did an excellent job of keeping everyone engaged and on schedule. One thing that also stood out to me about Trek Epic is that things never felt rushed. We were on a schedule, but we were also able to take a lot of time to just explore and experience the amazing place we were in.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be intimidated if you don't know any of the other trekkers. Many of them are in the same boat as you, and the nature of the trek lends itself to making fast friendships.
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Haley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I walked through Tuscany and all i left with was new life insight, new friends and once in a lifetime expereinces!

Trek Epic was recommended to me by a past trekker, fellow co-worker, and friend. The best advocate you can find for Trek Epic is someone who has done it!
My experience was more than I could have ever dreamed. I thrive outside of my comfort zone. I like meeting new people, and I love seeing new places. I also love to hike. All of these things surpassed my expectation. I was challenged and it felt good. I didn't have all the control, and that also felt good. I met people from different parts of the country, which reminded me that we are all the same at the core, and that we might not be all that different.
Our travel accommodations were excellent. Housing and food were excellent. The itinerary was laid out with just the right amount of vague-ness to still keep some mystery and thrill in the plan! I would highly recommend anyone, of any age, to take this opportunity up if its presents itself. Leaders were professional, and kind and thoughtful. I am so thankful I was able to experience TrekEpic. Thank you Bruce, Leslie and Andrew. I will keep my sharing my gift, if you all keep sharing yours!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get out of your comfort zone and appreciate being outside and walking. I think that is something I take for granted, everyday, but being able to do that in another country and culture is so, so special.
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Manas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

I took part in the trek epic trek along the Pembrokeshire coast and it was a fantastic journey and experience. It's a great way for people to take a step back and reflect, irrespective of the stage they are in life. The route we took was very scenic and it's hard to now feel at peace during this journey. Andrew and Bruce are great and very helpful! They are always there to listen and guide.
I highly recommend this trek to anyone especially young adults who are unsure about future steps. This trek is not supposed to give you very concrete answers but it will definitely guide you in the right direction and give you an idea of where your values are. The other people on the trek are also great and you will meet some very interesting people and hear cool stories.

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Alicia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I love Trek Epic!!

I have had the pleasure of completing two treks with Trek Epic, both of which were amazing experiences! My first Trek was Offa’s Dyke along the border of England and Wales. During this Trek I was going through an extremely difficult time in life and was lacking confidence and direction. This Trek allowed me to explore myself and my identity with the help of my peers and amazing leaders. Who would have thought just walking and thinking could be so so therapeutic?! I returned to the states knowing my life had purpose and value. I loved my first Trek so much I knew I had to do it again. I then completed the advance Trek through Tuscany, Italy. My life was more stable at this point so this Trek really allowed me to dig deeper into my life goals and ambitions. I truly believe a Trek can help any person who is at any point of their lives. Walking is so healing and being in such an amazing community in a forgein land allows so much growth. The leaders of these Treks are some of the most amazing people I know who truly care about guiding others. I recommend Trek Epic highly to anyone!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mariel Amador

Job Title
Guide
Mariel has worked with young adults as a tutor, teacher, mentor, and adventure guide. Mariel believes in connecting with people on a personal level in order to maximize their professional and personal development. Her background in both the business and education world allows her to level with and help her team set actionable goals.
Mariel Amador

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory has got to be the very first time I traveled abroad. I was catapulted into this entirely new world, where the language was the same (English) but the accents, the food, the culture, and the people were so different! I was gearing up for my very first Trek with TrekEpic and was hooked on traveling abroad every since. I believe it was because I realized how much of the world I had yet to see.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

The biggest change in myself has been connecting with others who are at a fork in the road like I was. I am stimulated and overwhelmed with empowering young adults because I know to what extent my own life changed when I starting preparing for and reaching personal and professional goals.

I went from a “Master of Business” corporate professional who was succeeding but was unhappy. Working as a TrekEpic guide, I can now help others pave their life in a manner that not only makes them happy but also leads them to their own definition of success.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I have heard from a student was one of a young male rapper from London. Between high school and college, he completed two gap year terms in a low-income school in Texas where he mentored high school students. Post gap time, he applied for and was accepted into the University of Texas at Austin where he meant to continue learning about music and production. Since his first year at UT, he has taken a break as his music career has grown - from shows in Los Angeles, Canada, London, and Japan, he is well on his way.

Wise beyond his years, he plans to expand his knowledge of the industry by completing his degree after a bit more real-world experience. All in good time.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could go on any program, it would be one that is catered to 25-32 year-olds.

I have trekked with the 18-24 year-old age range, as well as with the 40-70 age range (Legacy walking experience), but I have yet to trek or guide with my own age range (I am 28). The trek with the younger people was one of “where do I go from here” and “who am I?". The trek with the older folk was also a question of “who am I?", but it also included the “what legacy will I leave behind?".

There is a major difference in the way that people reflect - whether you are about to embark on your first job post-college or looking back at 40+ years of career. I am curious how the people in the mid-range trek would be different (if at all) in their reflection. I would like to learn/observe how the sessions differ and be able to have experienced the core gift work with people of all age ranges.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes TrekEpic unique is that most participants arrive at TrekEpic through word of mouth and by personal recommendations. This makes it possible, or rather easier, to seamlessly transform our little trek group into a community. It allows people on the journey to be able to let go of inhibitions and really dive into the experience that TrekEpic offers.

When I went on my first trek, the opportunity to go on one of these treks was reserved for 18-24 year-olds. Now, opportunities for 25-32 year-olds and 40-70 year-olds have come to life. In addition to this, the Core Gift Institute has emerged (from these same leaders) and they have gone on to provide “Core Gift” certifications to leaders and participants of the treks who are looking to continue making a difference in the lives of others.

Absolutely incredible how much positive and concentrated growth I have witnessed in the past 6 years.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor in being a successful company: You must never lose sight of WHY you are doing what you are doing. You must consistently ask yourself if your next step will get you the results you want - but it is essential to also ask yourself how they can indirectly get you further away from the reason you began your journey in the first place.

For example, it would be great if everyone could take part in the TrekEpic experience, but would excessive/repetitive/blind marketing bring people who will genuinely benefit from and be invested in the experience? Or will it (excessive/repetitive/blind marketing) simply raise participant rate?

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