Alumni Turned Staff: Jess G

Alumni Turned Staff: Jess G

Trip Member: American Voyageur 2008  Trip Leader: US Explorer 2013, Backpack France, Switzerland and Italy 2014. Backpack Greece & Italy 2015

2016 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees

Though first pitches won’t be thrown until April, yesterday was a day that all baseball fans love – the announcement of this year’s Hall of Fame induction class. To no surprise to anyone, the top vote getters this year were perennial all-star Ken Griffey Jr (earning entry on his first ballot with an astonishing unanimous vote) and Mets & Dodgers hero, Mike Piazza. Rounding out the ballot are one of the most technically dominant hitters in the game, Jeff Bagwell and one of the game’s best leadoff hitters, Tim Raines.

This class of hitters is a change from what we’ve seen over the last few years with pitchers and wizards in the field finding a spot in the hall, but no matter who is inducted, you can guarantee that we’ll be there! Come join us as we witness this amazing induction class at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend on the Major League Madness – 21 days and 9 days program.  We’ve also got a 13 day program that does not visit the Hall of Fame.

Join some of the biggest fans of the game as we road trip from Chicago to Washington, D.C. and enjoy 11 Major League Baseball games, 1 Minor League game and great stops at places like Cedar Point Amusement Park, a visit to the Football Hall of Fame, stadium tours and so much more.

 

 

Seventeen™ 360° Fashion Experience: Sneak Peek

Seventeen™ 360° Fashion Experience: Sneak Peek

Being the Creative and Marketing Manager for WCC/360° has a lot of great perks, like selecting all the amazing photos for brochures, coming up with fun contests for you guys and developing partnerships with cool companies like Roots clothing. However, the ultimate perk came last week when I got to meet with our partners at Seventeen and tour their amazing office in the Hearst Tower! Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s in-store for all you lucky participants this summer.

WCC/360° Student Travel & the President’s Volunteer Service Award

WCC/360° Student Travel & the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel has become a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious award given to those completing community service over a 12 month period of time.

Since our involvement with this award began, we’ve already had alumni earn the Bronze and Silver Medals of distinction and we even have one who is putting their hours towards earning the gold medal – that’s over 150 hours of service in a year! Today, we’d like to share some of their stories with you.

Instagram Video Tips With Jessica Verp

Instagram Video Tips With Jessica Verp
We caught up with our Instagram Video Contest winner Jessica Verp, from our Alaska Community Service Program, to share some of her tips and tricks for creating a compelling Instagram video.

 

Take A Hike!

Take A Hike!

Today November 17th is Take a Hike Day.

Hiking allows us to take a break from screen life, recharge in nature and appreciate breathtaking views. In honor of this great day, we want to give you a sneak-peak (yup, it’s the one day of the year that it makes sense) at some of our fave places to unplug and literally, take a hike!

2015 Community Service Projects

2015 Community Service Projects
This past summer, 360° Student Travel participants proudly completed 29,743.5 hours across all of our dedicated Community Service programs, which is the equivalent of a single person working for 3.4 years! Whether we prepared and served meals at a shelter in Anchorage, Alaska or leant a hand (and an ear!) at a seniors’ home in rural Peru, we participated in a wide array of meaningful projects on four continents! With the help and direction of our longstanding local partners, our projects focus on three main themes: infrastructure, education and leadership, and environmental sustainability. Check out some noteworthy projects we completed to give you a glimpse at how we made summer 2015 count!

Costa Rica

With the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation we helped build a home for Santa Ana resident Julietta and her family. Over the course of three days we dug a five foot hold for the septic tank, hollowed out a trench and laid a water pipe and prepared the foundation of the house and front yard. At the end of our time there Julietta addressed our group, saying we were not just part of the story, but part of a dream. She made us feel like a member of her family, welcoming us back and offering us a place to stay.

Hawaii

At the Boys and Girls Club Windward Clubhouse in Kailua, we directed programming for the children and teens of the club. At our “Teen Talk” we facilitated a discussion in which older teen members spoke about their personal experiences in high school. The space allowed for
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Go Mets Go!

Go Mets Go!

You never know what’s going to happen next…

As baseball gets ready for the start of the World Series today between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets, many fans wonder, how did they do it? There’s no doubt that it takes stamina and skill, but let’s not forget about practice and the importance of good advice. And we know personally that the Mets got some first hand feedback from our very own Major League Madness trip members this summer when they were surprised with VIP access to Citi Field that included the opportunity for the boys to be on the field for the Mets’ batting practice.

Now we can only speculate at the tips that All-Star third basemen David Wright took to heart, or how outfielder Curtis Granderson may have altered his swing based on the feedback of our boys, but the proof is in the pudding: we personally dropped in on batting practice, and now they are in the World Series…just another surprise for the biggest fans in the game!

BRYCE Yourself – California & The Canyons

BRYCE Yourself – California & The Canyons

BRYCE yourself, because the trip is moving fast towards the end, yet there is still so much to do! Bryce Canyon took our breath away, both because of its spectacular views and also because of the major hike back up the canyon which was a challenge that each of us conquered! This was great practice for viewing something as Grand and wonderful as the Grand Canyon the very next day when we stopped over in Flagstaff, Arizona. The ‘Canyon’s’ portion of our trip did not disappoint our eyes, or our cardiovascular health.

With one more adventure lined up we headed towards Scottsdale Arizona and jumped in four Pink Jeep Tours, which drove us through, up, around, and down the rocks and rifts of the scenic Sedona Red Rocks.  We saw rocks that looked like mushrooms and princesses, we stood atop plateaus from which you could see nothing but mountains of glorious red stone, we jumped for the camera, and even did headstands. The beauty was more than we could have imagined, and our seatbelts were our true friends as we bumped through the rocks in our bright pink jeeps.

Although those jeeps held the last of our planned adventures, they were not the first or last of our memories. From day one we started forming a family, with all of the fun and frustration that comes alone with it. We leave each other after a day of relaxing by the pool, picking out the perfect banquet outfit and reminiscing about the highs of
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From Palm Trees to Tumble Weeds – California & The Canyons

From Palm Trees to Tumble Weeds – California & The Canyons

Hello all!

After leaving California and saying goodbye to our two week trip members as well as our staff Josh and Jordan, we have left the coast for the desert of the Southwest. We watched palm trees turn to tumble weeds as we approached the iconic sights of the Vegas strip. Our group settled in to the Monte Carlo and wasted no time making ourselves comfortable. There was a DJ playing music at the pool and we all enjoyed floating in the lazy river and playing in the wave pool as the tunes played! After an Italian dinner we walked the strip taking in sights such as the Bellagio water fountains and the Venetian shops. The following day was our adrenaline day of Las Vegas. We rode rollercoasters at both the New York New York Hotel as well as the Stratosphere where we started our rides at over 800 feet in the air! With plenty of time to walk around taking pictures, explore the shops, swim, and even enjoy a bit of a sleep-in morning, our time in Las Vegas left us refreshed for the end of the trip.

Next up was our final two nights of camping as we drove through Utah to Bryce Canyon. On the way we stopped by Zion Canyon for a short hike to stretch our legs under the red rock cliffs. It was a perfect introduction to the third state (or fourth when you consider our boat cruise in Lake Tahoe) of our trip. On our
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