Educational Travel Programs

a high school student from montgomery county on an educational student tourSign-up for an Educational Travel Program that may forever change your outlook on life. Chaperones travel for free. Our trips offered are from service learning experiential opportunities to language immersion to team sports to social justice. All tours are designed with experts in the destination country.

Every Educational Travel Program provides:

  • Fair Trade wages
  • Local job creation
  • Sustainability – economic, educational, and/or environmental.
  • Locally-identified needs
  • Working side-by-side with locals

We contribute to economic sustainability by staying in locally-owned hotels and eating in locally-owned restaurants. When you return home, whether it is Warren County or elsewhere, the money spent in the community abroad remains in the community – which is in contrast to the large number of trips to resorts in which very little money seems to reach the locals. We hire a local transportation company that has a sterling reputation. In addition we create local jobs by hiring bilingual leaders to facilitate discussions and to be there in case of an emergency. In other cases we can hire a camp director, laborer, English teacher, and more.

We put safety first. What does it mean when we say that we will have a local, bilingual guide with each group throughout our trip? What does it mean when we say that our bus driver will also stay with us. That means they eat meals with us and stay at the same hotel. In the event of an emergency, they know they all of the local hospitals, medical centers, and pharmacies.

There is a good way and a bad way to approach volunteer service. We believe in being ethical partners when we travel abroad. In fact, some groups approach our travel opportunities with an intention to help their neighbors at home and abroad. At home group could support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chester County… or a food pantry in Essex County… then also serve children in the Dominican Republic or Haiti.

We also believe in paying fair trade wages and hiring locals where we travel – that way during reflections we don’t just have an American gaze but also a Dominican or Haitian vantage point. We also hire locals so the payments from Burlington County go to economic sustainability that is still there when we leave the country.

These educational adventures get rave reviews. One high school student from Montgomery County, PA called the Dominican Republic trip “the best week of my life.” In fact, she even signed up for the same trip the following summer. See why a soccer league from Bucks County and a basketball group from Montgomery County are considering running a sports camp in these countries. The Women’s Weekend creates opportunities for lasting friendship for groups from Warren County or Union County, NJ to Greenwich, CT and beyond.

Universities from Chester County and Bucks County, PA are running a student trip that provides opportunities for an Educational Travel Program to examine prison reform, women’s issues, poverty, immigration, and more. Women from PA, NJ, NY, CT and beyond can sign-up for a 4-day Women’s Weekend, an Educational Travel Program that works with children living in extreme poverty. High school tours from Montgomery County each year participate in a service learning trip, adventures that have proven to be so meaningful that many students have signed up for repeat trips year after year.

We have been talking with individuals and groups from Boston, MA to Essex County, NJ to Boulder, CO about the following student and volunteer opportunities for an Educational Travel Program:

Find out how an Educational Travel Program available to groups from Burlington County and Essex County, NJ has students enrolling year after year to experience their tour again. See why college students from Bucks County, Chester County, Burlington County, and Union County are excited to visit an operational Dominican prison and understand how this country is supporting former inmates in their life after incarceration. Groups from Warren County, Union County and beyond can contact us about a non-religious mission trip.

Our trips provide an opportunity to grow tremendously while doing our part to help move this world in the right direction. Get to know a small neighborhood in the Dominican Republic or Haiti. Contribute to more resources for a school trying to move toward full-day schooling.

Contact us to learn more.