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Jun 16 - 26, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Wander around ancient stupas, browse eclectic markets, and check out the mountain temple of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. Head for the hills, where the road snakes through lush mountains and terraced rice fields. Explore a waterfall and a holy cave, learn about local cultures, and enjoy the view of the mighty Doi Chiang Dao peak. Then, catch the quick flight down to Phuket for a couple of days at one of Thailand’s most famous tropical beach destinations. The final stop is Bangkok, where you’ll visit the Grand Palace, see a championship Muay Thai match, and hop on a chartered long-tail boat ride.
Residential Specialty
Jun 27, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Work alongside local organizations in their mission to safeguard Hawaii’s biodiversity and preserve and honor the land, history, and culture of Hawaii. In addition to service, get a taste of what makes Hawaii an island paradise. Hike through changing climate zones, relax on black and white sand beaches, learn to surf, and take in millions of stars at Mauna Kea. Learn about the unique and rich history of Kanaka Maoli, Hawaii’s native people. Before heading home, glimpse the powerful forces that created this volcanic Island in Volcanoes National Park.
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.
Residential Specialty
Jun 23, 2020 - Jul 1, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Partner with Fundación el Futuro es de Todos, an organization dedicated to providing access to sustainable income to youth with Down Syndrome through vocational skills development. In Costa Rica, recent graduates with Down Syndrome often struggle to find sustainable employment. Further compounding the challenge, access to vocational education is often limited. Work alongside this organization to build a vocational skills training facility donated by the National Institute of Agrarian Development. After participating in service, explore the ecological diversity of Costa Rica with a hike in Juan Castro Blanco National Park and a heart-racing zip line adventure through the rainforest canopy. Learn about coffee cultivation at a local farm in Naranjo and tour the picturesque town of Zarcero.
Specialty Residential
Jun 23, 2020 - Jul 1, 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 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
Jun 9 - 26, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 15 - 18
Adventure through the misty green mountains of northern Thailand and Laos and the beaches of southern Thailand. Trek in the Bolaven Plateau, zip line through jungle canopies, swim in waterfalls, kayak down rivers, and bike through the charming streets of Luang Prabang. Make your way to the spectacular islands and limestone cliffs of southern Thailand and conclude your expedition with rock climbing, snorkeling, and relaxing on some of the world’s most exquisite beaches.
Specialty Residential
Jun 9 - 17, 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.
Residential Specialty
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.
Residential Specialty
Jun 16, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 15 - 18
Join a service expedition through remote Thailand and Laos to disconnect. You’ll have one carry-on-sized bag with a change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, and no more than five personal items (we’ll also give you $60 to buy the rest of what you’ll need during your program). Start in Chiang Mai before continuing to Chang Rai in Thailand. Then, take a two-day boat trip on the Mekong River into Laos. For the next two weeks, stay high in the mountains outside of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town. Visit three villages for about five days each and expect beautifully simple living conditions. Meet with NGOs and local leaders to learn about the needs of the area while engaging in service projects. This demanding program creates lasting memories and gives you different perspectives about the world.
Residential Specialty
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
Jun 23, 2020 - Jul 8, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Enhance your Spanish in this program designed for students of all skill levels. Learn from a native speaker in a classroom setting with other students of similar abilities. Classes will focus on conversational skills to prepare you for traveling in Costa Rica. Live with a local family in a carefully-selected homestay to enhance the linguistic and cultural elements of your trip. Continue practicing your skills during adventure activities around Turrialba. Rappel down waterfalls, zip line through the forest, and raft the Pacuare River. This culturally immersive two-week program is a great way to improve your Spanish before embarking on any of our other programs in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, or Peru.
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.
Specialty Residential
Jun 17, 2020 - Jul 8, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 15 - 18
Journey from the central Mongolian lowlands to the rugged mountains of the country’s wild west. Leave modern devices at home as you explore untamed regions and trek through the countryside. Glimpse an ancient way of life traveling from ger to ger across Mongolia’s arid steppe without the luxuries of electricity, running water, or paved roads. From Kazakh eagle hunting to Tuvan throat singing, the nomadic herders of Mongolia maintain traditions that date to the empire of Chinggis Khaan. In remote western Mongolia, help a local NGO that offers herding families nutritional guidance, educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure. This is a challenging experience—an adventurous spirit, positive attitude, and keen sense of exploration are required.
Specialty Residential
Jun 30, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm | Ages: 14 - 18
Start on the Pacific coast, hike through the rainforest to a hidden cave, and rappel a 100-foot cliff as waterfalls surge on either side of you. Travel up the coast to spot monkeys and sloths, and enjoy the picturesque Costa Rican landscapes. Sail, snorkel, and surf in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on the tropical coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Zip line through the flourishing rainforest canopy and soak in natural hot springs in La Fortuna. Conclude your journey with a three-day whitewater rafting voyage down the Pacuare River.
Specialty Residential

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