Location
  • United States of America
Length
11 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Age Max
29
Timeframe
Summer Winter
Housing
Host Family Tent
Groups
Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget

Pricing

Starting Price
5000
Price Details
Pricing includes:

- Bike
- Meals
- Housing
- Affordable housing curriculum
- Safety education and support vehicles
- Build days
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Travel Insurance
Oct 07, 2022
Dec 20, 2021
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About Program

Bike & Build engages young adults in service-oriented cycling trips to raise awareness for the affordable housing cause. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that fosters a sustained connection to community.

Each summer, riders join 3 different routes from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. The routes include:

Central U.S.: After the first build day in Virginia, riders tackle the enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains, pedal through the Rockies, and end with following the path of Lewis and Clark to Astoria, OR.

Northern U.S.: Kicking off in Portsmouth, NH, riders traverse the New England Mountains to swoop through the Midwest, and cap the ride off through the Cascade Mountains.

Southern U.S.: Starting in Jacksonville Beach, FL, riders hug the Gulf of Mexico en route to New Orleans, link up with the historic Route 66, and end up in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.

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Program Highlights

  • Build advocacy skills by connecting with varies communities across the U.S.
  • Explore the stunning landscape of the U.S. by bike
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while creating lasting friendships
  • Join a cohort of 3,600+ civically engaged alumni
  • Create impact through hands-on building for affordable housing projects

Program Impact

Bike & Build is so much more than just a yearly bike trip. From when riders sign up for a trip, to on the road, to post-trip impact, Bike & Build addresses affordable housing from many angles and throughout all aspects of our program.

Every Bike & Build rider participates in a curriculum designed to inform not only our riders, but also the community members that our riders meet during the summer. On the road, rider teams stop about every fifth day and riders trade their bikes for hammers or saws to help on an affordable housing build site with a local affiliate. Prior to the trip every rider must complete 15 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer work on a local affordable housing affiliate site in their communities. Our riders are very much ambassadors for the affordable housing cause. Riders prepare host presentations for the various church congregations and other community members who may host them overnight or for a meal in order to talk a little bit about the cause and why they are dedicating their summer to this cause.

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Hailey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Changed my life!

Bike & Build is a fun and life changing experience! If you are looking to make an impact on communities, meet a wide variety of lifelong friends, and/or do some personal soul searching all while getting in the best shape of your life, you have found the program for you!! There is something about riding a bicycle along with a supportive group of teammates and being intimately close to nature on a daily basis for such a long time that changes your life perspective. 5 years later I still think about B&B regularly, how much I would be missing out on today if I had not done the trip, keep in close touch with lifelong friends, and even married one of my teammates!

I would recommend Bike & Build to ANYONE who is able to ride a bicycle (or learn!)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was surprised by the wide spectrum of micro-cultures in each town we visited. There is truly something unique to learn from the communities you bike through and sleep in. You will go through college towns, lots of farmland, suburbs, and maybe even a city! Your eyes will be opened to new ways to live, new ways to think, new career paths, and a ton of other “new’s”!
18 people found this review helpful.
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Dylan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best choice I've ever made!

The summer that I rode cross country with Bike&Build was far and away the best of my life. I was able to see so much of the country, while riding with amazing people, and impacting communities throughout. Working together with my team, I felt so empowered to make a difference - this is a feeling that still resonates with me today and I am forever grateful for it. It is truly a life changing experience that I cannot recommend enough. I'm jealous just thinking about folks getting to join on for the next summer!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid of the fundraising - the organization will give you all of the support you need and you will be surprised at how much easier it is than you might think at first.
22 people found this review helpful.

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