The Pioneer Project: Sustainable living, traditional craft, & outdoor leadership

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Program Description

The Pioneer Project is a 6-10 week immersion experience for 17-24 year old students. In our program, students come to the mountains of North Carolina to live in a community of peers and immerse themselves in a sustainable lifestyle, where they will be involved with sustainable farming, caring for bees and chickens, and helping build green structures, all while taking part in cooking and eating highly nutritious, locally grown organic food. Twice a week, local artists will lead workshops in a variety of crafts such as blacksmithing, herbal medicine, pottery, soapmaking, and bookbinding where students can explore a variety of artistic interests and meet some inspirational artists. Finally, every three weeks, students will embark on 3-5 day wilderness expeditions to develop their outdoor leadership skills in backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. This program is ideal for students looking to develop real skills that they can use in careers in sustainable business, outdoor education, farming, professional art, education, and any leadership positions.


-Learn SUSTAINABLE LIVING techniques to CARE FOR THE EARTH and empower yourself to be more self reliant!
-Develop LEADERSHIP SKILLS through challenging yourself on amazing wilderness expeditions by foot, rope, boat, and bike!
-BE CREATIVE in our craft workshops where you'll learn blacksmithing, pottery, soapmaking, and much more!
-CLARIFY YOUR PURPOSE by trying out 20+ activities in one semester!
-BE INSPIRED by incredible instructors and a group of your peers in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina!
-Take part in a ONE-OF-A-KIND COMMUNITY of peers and instructors to create memories that will last a lifetime!


-17-24 years old
-An interest in sustainable living
-A positive attitude
-Physically capable of lifting 30+ pounds and hiking on rugged terrain

What`s Included

-3-4 Wilderness Expeditions
-10+ Craft Workshops taught by local artists
-Multi-day Field trip to Asheville, NC
-Mentorship, guidance, and 24/7 support from skilled staff members
-Transportation to activities and expeditions
-Craft supplies

Program Locations

Brasstown, NC, United States

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Program Details

The Pioneer Project
  • United States: Brasstown, NC
1-3 months
Program Type:
Gap Year Expedition
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
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