What is TREK?
TREK is an intense and unique team-building and enrichment program for first-year students led by experienced peers. Sponsored by the Department of Student Life Outdoor and Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs, TREK has offered new students diverse, experiential learning opportunities that promote community building, self-discovery, and connection with future classmates for over 30 years.
The TREK experience is divided into three specific TREK programs which cater to specific student interests: Wilderness, Service, and Transfer. Under the TREK banner, each of these programs has a variety of different trips which students can register to participate in.
Each trip is led by two experienced student leaders who lead between 8-10 new students on a week of service projects or out-in-the-back-country of Vermont and upstate New York adventures. This August, we will welcome more than 250 TREKKIES from the Class of 2018 - and we hope you will be one of them.
When is TREK?
TREK will take place the last week in August before classes begin, Saturday August 22nd-Thursday, August 27th.
Due to overwhelming demand, we suggest you get your application in early. You can learn more about the registration process on our TREK registration page. We hope that no one will have to miss out!
Who is TREK For?
The TREK program is for any new first-year student or transfer student who wants to become a part of a community upon arrival to UVM as a new student. Through TREK we celebrate and promote a safe and healthy community for people of all races, ethnicities, religions, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and ages. During TREK week, TREKKIES and TREK leaders live, work, and play together as a community, bound together by interests in Service, Leadership and Outdoor Adventures.
You DO NOT need any prior experience to participate in TREK! We strive to create a community of inclusion and therefore encourage ALL students who are new to UVM to apply. Any necessary support/adaptation for all individual needs will be made. If you have never participated in the program area you selected, please indicate this on your Registration Form.
While the program changes from year to year, this 2008 video from our local Seven Days newspaper is a great example of the TREK experince:
Accessibility & Accommodation
The TREK program is firmly committed to including all interested first year students. Students with any type of disability are encouraged to apply and participate in all TREK programs. We provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, in consultation with ACCESS. Students who are seeking accommodations should contact ACCESS and TREK well in advance, as some accommodations take time to implement.
Financial help is available for TREKKIES through financial aid measured on stated need or by Identity-Based Scholarships (eligible identities include: first generation college students, lesbian / gay / bisexual /transgender / questioning / queer students, students of color, or students with disabilities). Each year we offer fully paid TREK identity scholarships to these under-represented incoming student populations. [Find out more]
After July 21st, 2015 refunds are not guaranteed and only granted at the discretion of the TREK Directors and our ability to fill vacated spaces.
For more information about the TREK Programs, Costs, and financial aid options, please contact us:
Wilderness & Transfer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service TREK E-mail: email@example.com;
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