Program Dates: May 20-27, 2022

Spring course with summer travel

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Come learn about the outdoors (and yourself) while hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting in the "wild and wonderful" state of West Virginia. You will also get the chance to visit the newest National Park – New River Gorge National Park! Students will also complete a service learning project at a Habitat for Humanity build site in the Appalachian Mountains. This program is designed for upper division students who are preparing to graduate and/or apply for internships. The service learning portion of this program is a great addition to your resume or graduate school applications! Various self-assessments and reflections will be conducted throughout the program to better prepare students for life post-graduation.

Important Dates

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline

December 11, 2021

Deposit Deadline

January 6, 2022

Final Payment Deadline

February 25, 2022

Mandatory Orientation

Spring Semester 2022

Contact Us

Study Abroad Office

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

AH E134



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Courses Offered

Pre-Trip class dates in the Spring Semester: most Thursdays from 2:30-3:45pm.

WELL 1023: Hiking, Backpacking and Camping: West Virginia
Professor: Abigail Drescher

This course and study away opportunity serves two purposes. One purpose is to expose students to hiking and camping in the mountains. The other purpose is for students to reflect upon their outdoor experiences and service learning with Habitat for Humanity and apply it to their post-graduation life. Students will learn how to hike in an unfamiliar and challenging environment in West Virginia. Hiking, camping, service-learning and other outdoor activities will be used as discussions and reflections points for the student’s journey and experiences throughout college and post-graduation. 

To make a deposit on this program, you must have completed 30 credit hours. 

This course will be a spring semester class and will meet on Thursdays from 2:30-3:45pm. Students will receive an "incomplete" until they return from the travel portion of the course in the summer.

LDRS 3000 (IN4): Leadership Experience
Professor: Abigail Drescher

This study away course will provide an opportunity for students to design and lead activities on a camping and community service trip to the Appalachia Mountains in West Virginia. Students will work as a team to plan and implement activities for students in WELL 1023: Hiking, Backpacking, and Camping and will help coordinate the Service Learning project for WELL 1023. Experience camping is not necessary but is encouraged. Students will gain experience in small group communication, delegation, project management, and ethics of leadership. Planning of leadership activities will occur in the spring semester and service projects and travel will take place in mid-May. Permission only course. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: LDRS 2000 or MILS 2011 or MILS 2021. 

This course will be a spring semester class and will meet on Thursdays from 1:00-2:15pm. Students will receive an "incomplete" until they return from the travel portion of the course in the summer.

Program Cost

Program Fee: $1000 + Tuition & Fees 

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due: February 25, 2022

Transportation, lodging, mandatory excursions, and some meals are included in your fees. Additional expenses include some meals and camping gear. 

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Travel Itinerary



Day One

Travel to West Virginia Habitat for Humanity Build Site in Lewisburg. Check in with HFH.



Day Two

Habitat for Humanity Build.



Day Three

Habitat for Humanity Build.



Day Four

Habitat for Humanity Build.



Day Five

Habitat for Humanity Build. Travel to New River Gorge, WV Meal, Hike at Babcock State Park, visit the New River Gorge Visitors Center and set up camp at Adventures on the Gorge



Day Six

Whitewater Rafting.



Day Seven

Ziplining and Night Hike.



Day Eight

Tamarack (Art and Appalachian Culture) in Beckley, WV and then return to Augusta, GA.

*Itinerary may be subject to change

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