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Jul 12 - 31, 2020 9:00am - 9:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
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Specialty Residential
Jul 7 - 15, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Spend a week at Rustic’s Volcano and Rainforest Service Base in La Fortuna working on a combination of service project and enjoying Costa Rican adventure. Whether helping out with service initiatives or participating in cross-cultural experiences, you’ll contribute to the community, practice your Spanish, and make new Tico friends. After service, experience some of Costa Rica’s best adventure activities like zip lining and whitewater rafting. Visit hot springs and a traditional Costa Rican farm to learn about the local culture. After action-packed days, relax in a hammock or take a dip in the freshwater pool. This program is great for first-time travelers and students interested in making new friends from across the globe.
Residential Specialty
Jul 21, 2020 - Aug 5, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Start your journey by heading south to surf the hidden breaks and enjoy the secluded beaches of Dominical. Hike along beautiful trails and canyons to a series of impressive waterfalls where expert guides will teach you how to rappel. Set off on a three-day sea kayaking expedition through the Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula. At night, camp on the beach and enjoy dinner next to a bonfire as you exchange stories about the day’s adventures. Venture into Corcovado National Park, keeping an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and scarlet macaws. When not exploring the jungle, participate in a variety of infrastructure service projects to support the communities you visit. You might work on infrastructure for low-income communities along with local associations to achieve economic development or environmental conservation projects. Conclude your adventure by whitewater rafting the Savegre River.
Specialty Residential
Jul 14 - 22, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Experience a combination of adventure and exploration, perfect for students looking to get off the beaten path. Live in a remote camp and fall asleep to the uninterrupted flow of the river. Relish the escape from technology and adapt to your heavenly surroundings. Prepare traditional foods, hike to see magnificent views, play games with locals, and enjoy an area of Fiji where few tourists ever venture. Witness spectacular sunsets and swim in tranquil waters just steps from your front door. Swim, kayak, scuba dive (add-on activity), and hike through gorgeous hills overlooking stunning waterfalls. Or just relax with a book on the beach and enjoy this island paradise.
Specialty Residential
Jul 21, 2020 - Aug 5, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Experience rural Tanzania as you work with village leaders on service projects to improve living conditions and infrastructure. Partner with students for educational exchange activities to foster communication and teamwork, and forge friendships in the classroom and on the soccer pitch. Take a break from service to hunt for small game with the nomadic Hadzabe, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes, visit local blacksmiths to learn how to make tools from recycled scrap metal, and embark on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Residential Specialty
Jul 7 - 24, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Experience some of the best destinations in southern Thailand— from the quaint fishing villages and coconut farms of Ko Yao Noi to popular destinations like world-renowned Phuket and Railay Beach. Spend time on the beach, in the jungles, and atop the striking limestone cliffs that define this extraordinary landscape. Earn an open water or advanced diver certification as you snorkel and scuba dive among spectacular coral reefs. Climb the world-famous cliffs at Railay Beach, and finish your experience on the relaxing beaches of Phuket. Learn about traditional culture and local industries, and throughout your journey, consider how the people in this region have adapted to the influx of international tourism.
Residential Specialty
Jul 14 - 31, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Become a part of our extended family at the Northern Thailand Service Base where your journey begins. Design and implement English language enrichment activities with help from trained educators, help out on nearby infrastructure projects, and gain critical perspective about how people live in this part of the world. For your second week, head to a progressive elephant sanctuary. Spend several days completing elephant-related service projects while learning about these majestic creatures. In between sessions with the elephants, engage in discussions about the experiences you’ve shared with the rest of your group.
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Jul 7 - 24, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 15 - 18
Explore the action-packed and charming streets of Hanoi, sampling delicious Vietnamese dishes on every corner. Journey to beautiful Hill Tribe communities in the mountains among the rice paddies of Hoa Binh. Work alongside community members and local professionals to contribute to ongoing service initiatives. Row through the intricate waterway system of Trang An grottoes in Ninh Binh and learn about the deep history of Vietnam’s ancient capital city. Bike through green rice fields and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Overnight aboard a private junk boat in magnificent Ha Long Bay, stopping to explore caves, karsts, and islands as you go.
Specialty Residential
Jul 11 - 24, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 15 - 18
Assist in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 can still be seen throughout the city. Work with local organizations to rebuild homes and participate in community-building initiatives. After work, explore the French Quarter, try some spicy jambalaya, snack on beignets, and relax and unwind as you listen to live music in the birthplace of jazz. Live bands, fresh jambalaya, and friendly locals will show you the true meaning of Southern hospitality. Learn more about New Orleans history, culture and people, and laissez le bon temps rouler!
Specialty Residential
Jul 21, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Enjoy elements from two of our most popular programs—Thai Elephant Conservation Project and Amazing Thailand—packed into one incredible experience. Spend your first week at an elephant conservation center attending classes, gaining hands-on experience with Asian elephants and their mahouts, and earning a formal certificate of participation. Starting the second week, visit ancient temples, swim under waterfalls, and experience village life in the mountains. Then, hop down to Phuket to get a taste of Thailand’s world-famous beaches and turquoise waters. Finish your journey in Bangkok by visiting the Grand Palace, attending a championship Muay Thai match, and experiencing a nighttime dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River.
Specialty Residential
Jul 7 - 21, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Explore hidden valleys, stunning scenery, and rural villages on our most popular program in Peru. Rooted in service, this program pairs students with local communities on sustainable projects designed to address economic development, public health, and educational needs. Alongside the physical service work, play fútbol with new friends and practice Spanish with locals. Experience adventure while whitewater rafting and biking through the valley. Hike to the ruins of Machu Picchu for an awe-inspiring end to your incredible journey.
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Jul 7 - 15, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Journey to a secluded beach on the Pacific coast to help protect Costa Rican sea turtles. These majestic creatures face threats to their nesting grounds from hunting, pollution, and development. While we can’t guarantee you’ll see a sea turtle, you’ll be certain to contribute to the conservation of this endangered species. In the mornings, join beach cleanup projects and help construct a hatchery. At night, monitor the beach for turtle nests, record the number of eggs you collect, and carefully transport them to the hatchery or a safer place along the beach. With help provided by expert volunteers, many of these eggs will hatch into healthy baby turtles and contribute in the preservation of sea turtles. In your free time, raft the Savegre River and take trips to the beach town of Jaco to learn how to surf the incredible waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Specialty Residential
Jul 28, 2020 - Aug 5, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Experience breathtaking sunsets and blue waters during this week of surf, service, and adventure in Costa Rica. Settle in at the Playa Grande Surf and Service Base house and take in the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Participate in service designed to support the local community and improve its quality of life. Grab your surfboard and head to the beach for surf lessons from expert instructors. Relax at the base house or play soccer or volleyball on the beach after service. No previous experience is necessary and experienced surfers will not be disappointed.
Specialty Residential
Jul 7 - 22, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Gain valuable leadership and collaboration skills, and help enrich the lives of local community members as you develop a summer camp in La Fortuna. Start your journey with an exhilarating rafting trip followed by the start of your camp planning. Design a six-day summer camp in small teams, then meet the children you’ll lead in sports, arts, and other recreational activities throughout the week. Zip line, kayak, soak in natural hot springs, and boat along the picturesque Costa Rican coastline.
Specialty Residential
Jul 21, 2020 - Aug 5, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Spend two weeks contributing to the conservation of endangered sea turtles. Work with park rangers at the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge to protect the fragile natural habitat of the turtles that make the local beaches their home. Walk the shores looking for turtle nests, help clean the beach, or assist with other restoration efforts. Travel to the funky beach towns of Carrillo and Sámara to snorkel and surf, and explore Chora Island in a sea kayak. Although this program runs during turtle nesting season, we can’t guarantee you’ll see a sea turtle. We can ensure, however, that you’ll make a significant contribution to the protection of this endangered species and leave Costa Rica with a new appreciation for local wildlife and Tico culture.
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