FOR PARENTS

FOUR IMPORTANT TOPICS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOUR CHILD

GOALS                                                                                                                                               

You are considering letting your child travel to some distant location or may be in remote spaces, without you

NOW WHAT ?                                                                                                                 

 Every trip will give your teen a different type of experience depending where they go and what they see, do and learn. Bottom line: What would you like them to get out of the experience? Don’t forget to consider what kind of experience your teen is looking for as well.

CULTURAL EXPLORATION – All about broadening horizons. Discover the culture, cuisine, traditions, and way of life of a faraway land.

COMMUNITY SERVICE – Contribute to a worthwhile cause, get to know the local people and their culture.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Learn to take travel photos like the pros and come away from the trip with an incredible portfolio.

SAFETY                                                                                                                                

There is no greater leap of faith than when a parent entrusts their child to the care of someone else. Ask about where the group sleeps at night and how they keep teens safe while they are traveling. Not all summer programs have the same level of supervision; some are very strict while others are very laid back. Finding the right balance for yourself and for your teen will help them get the most out of the travel experience.

SAFETY                                                                                                                                

There is no greater leap of faith than when a parent entrusts their child to the care of someone else. Ask about where the group sleeps at night and how they keep teens safe while they are traveling. Not all summer programs have the same level of supervision; some are very strict while others are very laid back. Finding the right balance for yourself and for your teen will help them get the most out of the travel experience.

LEADERSHIP                                                                                                                    

Who are the counselors on the trip? How are they screened and trained? How well do they know the places they are going? The key to a life-changing trip lies in great staff who can unlock personal growth experiences for your teen.

GROUP DYNAMICS                                                                                                               

Every child is different; some do better in bigger groups while others thrive in a more intimate setting. Ask about the group sizes based on the previous two years enrollments and find out where the kids were from. Be prepared to share a bit about your child with the travel organization so that they can recommend trips that will be the best fit for your child.