37 Unforgettable Summers & More Than 35,000 Lives Forever Enriched!
Who would have guessed that from our first journey in 1983 that took 40 pioneering teens to experience the beauty and adventure of the western National Parks of the USA and Canada along with the excitement of California, 3 decades later we would be offering 5 different program styles in over 20 countries spanning 6 continents? We’ve shown thousands of teens a meaningful, rewarding and truly special summer of a lifetime and look forward to welcoming you to our family.
Our teen tours have been providing life-changing group experiences for over 30 summers. Just how much fun and excitement can you have in one summer on one of our teen tours? This summer, whether you are zorbing on the East Coast, bobsledding down the Olympic track in Calgary, surfing the Pacific, snorkeling or SCUBA diving at the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Grand Canyon or white-water rafting in the French Alps, you are in for the best summer ever on one of our Westcoast Connection teen tours!
Community service programs will help you make a difference and leave your mark. Whether you are building homes with Habitat for Humanity in San Diego, making repairs to local schools with the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation, or teaching children to read with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii, our community service programs will have you working with well-established organizations and giving back to communities in need. Last summer, participants on our community service programs completed 33,069 hours of service (that’s equivalent to 3.8 years!) in just 8 weeks.
Are you ready to improve your language skills? Whether you choose a program with classroom instruction or one that immerses you in the local culture, your ability to communicate along with your confidence will naturally improve. This is of course in addition to rappelling down waterfalls and zip lining in Costa Rica, enjoying mouthwatering tapas in Spain, or marveling at Machu Picchu and sand boarding in Peru. No matter which you choose, it’s the balance of language learning with exciting activities that sets our programs apart. By integrating adventure and recreational highlights into our itineraries, we are able to maintain a high level of enthusiasm.
If you come prepared with a positive attitude, ready to speak and improve your language skills, you will be ready to embrace the challenges and reap the many rewards of your program. Make a commitment to see your skills improve by actually speaking the language with your staff, fellow Trip Members and when interacting with the locals in the communities you will visit.
Are you ready for a taste of the college life? Our Pre-College Enrichment programs offer the perfect balance of study, cultural immersion and touring highlights. You will have the unique opportunity to study at an internationally renowned school while living in the heart of Barcelona, Florence or Montreal. Imagine living in a college residence, working out at the fitness center, going to class and navigating the city. You’ll hope your college experience will be this unforgettable.
What is your inspiration to travel? Our Global Adventure programs are smaller group experiences that in addition to providing a more intimate dynamic, also allow for more challenging adventures in Western Canada, New Zealand & Australia or for more spontaneity and flexibility on our Backpacking programs in Europe. These adventures quickly bring about that tightly bonded family feel and will leave you with unforgettable lifelong memories.