Clockwise from bottom left: Kristin Jantzen, Marie Saleh, Jon Voth and Judith Penner serve with Service Adventure in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

By Susan Nisly
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Each year at this time, many high school seniors are trying to figure out what they should do next. Recently, when I was talking with one of these seniors, she said, "I've never heard of anyone regretting taking a gap year."  I must admit that I haven't either. Most often, I hear people talking about what a huge impact the gap year had on helping them figure out what they want to study, or figuring out who they are and what they believe.  There are many options for a gap year, but my personal favorite is Service Adventure. What makes it so unique is that besides living in community with other young adults, you also have unit leaders who serve as mentors living with your group. 

Are you wondering what a year in Service Adventure might be like?  Are you intrigued by the idea of taking a gap year and serving others?  I invite you to visit one of our units to get a taste of Service Adventure. Feb. 8-11, 2018, you can spend a weekend seeing what all happens in Service Adventure.


Thursday, Feb. 8 – Arrive at the Service Adventure unit and meet your hosts.  Enjoy dinner with the unit and participate in their weekly worship night.

Friday, Feb. 9 – Spend the day serving alongside participants in various social-service agencies.  It might be a homeless shelter, a thrift store, or somewhere working with kids.

Saturday, Feb. 10 – Experience a learning component with the unit and experience more about the local community.  This might be a hike or visiting a museum.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – Attend the local hosting congregation with the unit and then head home.

If you are interested in checking out Service Adventure, or have questions, please contact me at

​​Susan Nisly, director of Service Adventure.





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