Time to make sure that passport is up to date! Many local organizations offer programs for kids to travel abroad. One, Rustic Pathways, promises to “facilitate life-changing educational experiences” by combining travel with philanthropy. Its goal? To “make a positive impact on the communities in which we work.”
Several programs offer opportunities for kids to provide various hours of community service or conservation in exotic settings. Trips range from 10 to 14 days, and, as the name indicates, conditions are pretty basic. A couple of the trips offered this summer: saving turtles in Costa Rica, and working with school-age children in Fiji.
Through a variety of opportunities to study abroad, students experience immersion learning and community service. Plus, they build friendships with students from around the world. Destinations on the docket this summer include South Korea, Russia and China.
YMCA — Global Leadership Program
The Y of Greater Seattle offers global programs in 119 countries with a focus on international competency and leadership. In July 2018, a scheduled trip to India includes community events and a service-learning project focused on education access. Participants will also learn some of the Tamil language and parts of its culture, and dive deep into social justice conversations about global poverty. Trips to Japan, Nicaragua and Mexico are also available throughout the summer.