The Expedition Education Institute in partnership with Marlboro College offers traveling gap year and college programs focused within bioregions of North America. Full semester programs span up to 15 weeks with at least 12 weeks in the field and in community. Undergraduate students earn 15 college credits and gap year students may choose to opt for the college-level credit. Check out our Fall semester in the Pacific Northwest with a theme of Economy, Ecology, and Community, and our alternating spring semesters: Spring semester in California with a theme of Sustainable Culture and Agriculture and Spring semester in the Desert Southwest with a theme of Resilience and Renewal.
Our goal is to create experiential learning communities that inspire informed and compassionate ecological leadership.
The EEI model supports you to develop capacities and build confidence in your articulation, expression, and creativity, as well as your leadership and group process abilities.
Students and faculty live and learn together, traveling in a custom retrofitted school bus, eating, sleeping, and studying outdoors while exploring the local and global environmental challenges that communities and ecosystems are facing. During their travels, the community examines and learns about the myriad sustainable solutions that represent the “blessed unrest.” We come to know the bioregion, ecologically, culturally, and socio-politically; and we come to know ourselves on a deeper level, individually and as part of a rich learning community.
Self-motivated students who have a passion for the environment and alternative or progressive education thrive at EEI. They are open to the challenges and rewards of hands-on learning and embrace the flexibility the program offers. If you have a sense of adventure, desire to be stretched intellectually and personally, yearn to create and live in a learning community of faculty and peer mentors, and want to deepen your ecological literacy and consciousness, the Expedition Education Institute has the program for you!
Expedition Education Institute and Marlboro College work in partnership to offer learning community based expeditions for college credit (for Marlboro College and visiting undergraduates) and as a Gap Year!
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At the undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community.