What do you want to see, learn, or do on your trip? Do you want to complete a service project, make new friends, learn a new skill, or go on a wild adventure? Most of our trips offer a variety of activities, but some programs are more specific than others, and may be a better fit for you.
For the service buff: Lucky for you, the majority of our programs involve community service. Take a look at the service hours on each program page to see exactly how much service is involved. Also think about what type of community service you're looking to get involved with, and read question #4 to further narrow your focus.
For the thrill-seeker: Countries in the South Pacific and Latin America tend to have more action-packed, adventure-filled programs. Pacific Adrenaline, Big Fiji Explorer, Caribbean Adrenaline, and Amazon Explorer are a few of our options for those looking to skydive, bungee jump, white-water raft, surf, zipline, and more!
For the cultural pioneer: While all of our programs will introduce you to the country's culture and customs, some programs are specifically designed to fully immerse you in local life. Programs such as The Hilltribe Support and Refugee Camp Experience in Thailand, The Outback Aboriginal Service Expedition in Australia, and Maleku and Bribri village programs in Costa Rica offer students the opportunity to understand issues facing indigenous and ethnic minority populations. These programs, as well as ones that include homestays, are ideal if you're looking to develop personal connections and gain a deeperunderstanding of the country.
For the vacationer: Do you want to see the must-see sights while traveling in style? Take a look at our less service-intensive programs such as Wonders and Riches of Southeast Asia, Seven Wonders of Australia, Spanish Countryside and Beaches, Marvels of China, and Island Hopping and Diving.
For the learner: Who says learning can't be fun, especially when it's abroad! If you're interested in the medical field, why not get First-Aid or Wilderness First Responder certified in Thailand? If you looking to learn a new language or practice your skills with locals, join our Chinese Language Immersion in China or Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica or Spain. Programs like Tribal Issues and From the Ground Up are focused on learning, reflection, and discussion
**Remember to look for your interests in the titles. Most programs that are focused on a specific activity such as surfing, soccer, photography, or diving, have titles that contain those activities.