Our 37th Summer Providing Outstanding Programs for Teens

Outstanding Leaders

Great leadership is essential to each and every one of our programs, and our Directors and Leaders are a talented bunch! They’ve got a knack for building dynamic groups and creating a warm and welcoming environment. You’ll meet teachers, educators, and former camp counselors who double as travel experts, professional photographers, exercise enthusiasts, community volunteers and so much more!

See what previous participants and their parents had to say about their outstanding experiences with our staff:

This trip was the best experience that I’ve ever had. A huge part of this being the best experience was the staff! Ashley was the best Trip Director ever!!! She was always there to help me out. She was always on top of everything that we were doing and made sure that everyone was on the same page. She also was always ready to have fun!!! I don’t think that I would have as good as a time that I did if Ashley wasn’t the Director! I loved this trip, thank you so much Westcoast Connection.
Charlotte Luczak, Berkley, Michigan

The staff had a lot of patience and cared deeply about all of us. My Program Director Nick was awesome!! I can’t describe how helpful and understanding he was. I am going to miss him. He was always so joyful and laughing!
Isabella Fajardo Crotty, Sao Paulo, Brazil

This trip gave me a little taste of a lot of places in Europe, and gave me an idea of where I would like to come back to. My Trip Leader Aaron was nothing short of excellent, which might even be an understatement. He treated us with respect, and it was easy to reciprocate it back. He really took his time to get to know every single one of us, and he was a great person to have on this trip.
Dean Miller, Mt. Kisco, New York

The staff was truly amazing. They connected with me so much and they were the best people I could ever ask for to take care of me. I loved how the trip pushed us to make friends and leave our comfort zone, and it overall made me a better person and try to improve myself for the future. The activities were so memorable and thrilling. Not only did we do activities, but I gained a perspective of myself and travel that I never knew was possible.
Jeremy Turner, East Brunswick, New Jersey

OMG!! Where do I begin but to say Chloe’s Director Danielle is AWESOME!! Her friendliness, support, professionalism was far beyond any parent could ever hope for! Chloe has told me that she helped her grow in ways she never thought she would. She developed a sense of security and independence and personal growth. SHE TOLD ME THIS!! These are HER words she wrote to me while on the trip!!! I was sooo happy to hear that she had this type of introspection. Her support (whether a lot or a little or you just being open to her) enabled her to do this! I thank you from the bottom of my heart this trip will never be forgotten by Chloe as per all the amazing adventures that she had but also a pivotal moment where she grew as a person… she will NEVER forget the trip nor will she ever forget Danielle.
Jodi & Jerold Grill, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec

This summer and the Westcoast staff gave me a new perspective on things and really opened my eyes to what’s out there and I ultimately had an amazing summer. Our Director Zach is a really great guy, easy to talk to, works well with kids, knows how to maintain control while also having a good relationship with campers.
Lucy Doss, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I can’t say enough positive things about Anna’s Trip Director Rob. He showed so much compassion, honesty, friendship and love to Anna. He taught her so much about the importance of community service and being open and giving to others. He truly touched her heart and I know she will never forget him. I felt confident and assured that Anna was truly being cared for, respected and heard by Rob. He was invested in making sure that she got everything possible out of this very special experience. I also feel that he empowered her to feel more confident in expressing her feelings and being open. Our whole family is extremely grateful to Rob for being such an important part of Anna’s very special time in Hawaii. Anna has said many times that the best parts of her trip were the friends she made and the meaningful service. She has done service at home before and is now even more motivated to give more of herself and her time. She said she also loved the doing the zip lines, and snorkeling!
Jennifer & Mitch Behm, Potomac, Maryland

I loved this trip, and it built up my confidence. My Trip Leader Johnny was so amazing! He was so nice and loved being with us and was happy every second of the trip, which helped everyone be happy and keep good vibes all around.
Amanda Ellman, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

My Director was amazing and so kind and I felt like I could talk to her about anything. She made this trip even better. Everything was amazing and these have been the best weeks of my life.
Danielle Yahalom, Needham, Massachusetts

Margo said it was by far her best summer. She LOVED all the activities, restaurants, kids, and leaders. I’ve never heard her so enthusiastic! She said the Trip Director went over and beyond every day and truly listened to the kids and reacted immediately to any suggestions that they had.
Melissa Boxer, Scarsdale, New York

WCC had great staff. My Trip Director Dayam was very open and listened to her Trip Members.
Adam Lowey, Frisco, Texas

Westcoast is amazing! The staff was amazing! They really showed how much they cared about all of us throughout the summer, and I could not have asked for better staff.
Jaymie Heller, Toronto, Ontario

Our Director is an incredible human being. He goes out of his way to make sure everyone feels comfortable and makes an effort to make a connection with every kid on the trip. His personality is impeccable as I’ve never seen someone who has so much love and energy 24/7. Everyone who is fortunate to connect with him is incredibly lucky.
Dylan Kransdorf, Short Hills, New Jersey

Moriah was the BEST STAFF EVER!! My best friend and I loved her. She’s so sweet and would take the time to talk to you and was enough of a friend that you can trust her and bond with her but enough of a staff that everyone respected and listened to her. 10/10.
Cheyanne Baran, Notre Dame de Ile Perrot, Quebec

Jake loved his trip to Australia & Hawaii. I think it was extremely well run and he absolutely loved the trip leader James as well as the other staff. Jake really liked James. He was respected by the kids on the tour but also had the correct balance of fun and friendship. He did a great job leading this tour Jake said. Very impressed by his photo uploads as well as blogs! We loved James!
Melissa & Jeffrey Herskowitz, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

My Trip Director Reed was so caring, and showed that he wanted to spend his summer with us.
Miriam Shomstein, Prague, Czech Republic

Our Trip Director Jamie is one of the best people I have ever met. He’s so caring and willing to do everything and anything for anyone. I have never met someone so loving and full of life. He definitely made this trip one I will never ever forget.
Ashley Krol, Brooklyn, New York

I had an amazing time with so many great activities and the best leaders possible. My Director Taylor is the most loving and friendly person. She was incredibly calm and laid back but still managed to keep everything under control. She knows exactly how to make people feel welcome and happy. She is a great person to direct a trip and hang out with in general.
Daphne Baker, Westport, Connecticut

The trip was really fun!!! I made so many new friends!! The trip leaders were great and I had a great time!
Julia Dickman, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Matty loved his experience. It enabled him to enjoy his time away from his parents and gave him the freedom to grow socially, emotionally and gain responsibility. The Trip Director and staff were amazing!!! Their communication with us far exceeded our expectations!!!
Deena Strauss & Seth Kornblau, Chappaqua, New York

Johnny was a phenomenal Trip Director. He knew how to handle every situation perfectly. He was amazing and always was responsible. The trip ran extremely smooth because of him. The trip was amazing! Thank you!
Max Reichstein, Delray Beach, Florida

My staff Andie was amazing, always cared about us, and helped us and made the trip fun. Our leader Matt had a great sense of humor and was always involved with us. I made lifelong friends and I didn’t think that could happen on a three-week trip.
Jacob Shur, Short Hills, New Jersey

This was a fun trip. My Trip Leader Carolyn was super fun, energetic, positive, and very responsible.
Brett Davidson, Huntington Woods, Michigan

Westcoast Connection has taught me to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. I have made incredible friendships that will last a lifetime, and I was able to travel the world and make new memories I will cherish forever. Alexa is an incredible Trip Director. She knows the ropes very well and understands what the kids on the trip wanted. She was very reliable and responsible as well. She was an excellent group leader who was very flexible and understanding. I can’t stress how incredible this company, the staff, and programming is.
Alexandra Heyman, Hewlett Harbor, New York

This trip was amazing because everyone gave it their all and was willing to help one another. This was my first service trip and everything exceeded expectations. The leaders were amazing and always put us first no matter what. I can’t wait to come back next year!
Brukie Kassa, Columbus, Ohio

The staff was amazing and did all they could to make this the trip of a lifetime. Our Trip Director Skylar did everything he could to make us feel like family, and to make us feel good about ourselves. He was amazing.
William Salsberg, Hartsdale, New York

This was such an amazing and fun experience!!! I got to try so many new things with new friends. My Director is the best person ever. She’s so nice and sweet and she was always there to help. You can tell she cares about all of us on our trip and she did everything she could to make it the amazing in experience it was. She was amazing and I love her so much. The trip would not have been the same without her.
Sydney Russell, Toronto, Ontario

Westcoast Connection was one of the best experiences of my life. Derek was flat out awesome and I’m really glad he was my Trip Director.
Ethan Abraham, Scarsdale, New York

My Trip Director Julie was so much fun, and looked out for us the whole trip.
Eric Minsky, Churchville, Pennsylvania

The staff is absolutely amazing. They are always positive, friendly, and willing to help others. This trip offers so much, and I think it is such a great experience that others should be a part of.
Oriana Natsis, London, England

Jeremy was one of my favorite counselors. 10/10 deserves a raise.
Aidan Peters, New York, New York

On this trip you meet amazing people, and you do not just make amazing friends of a lifetime but you also become super close with your staff. WCC really did a great job picking the counselors. Jess was so great to have as a Director and I will really miss her because she always had everything prepared really well and made the trip amazing! She also pushed me to take risks and do SO many things I would have never tried on my own and I ended up loving them.
Marlee Kroll, Birmingham, Michigan

WCC did a great job making everyone feel a part of something. They gave the kids a family type vibe. The counselors were also amazing. My leader is amazing. He is kind, funny, and cool. He is so chill and down to Earth. I truly can’t say enough good things about him. From the day I met him, I knew he was going to be an amazing counselor and friend. Everyone likes him, and it’s for a good reason. This trip gave me a whole new perspective on everything. It was such an amazing three weeks.
Jake Meyrowitz, Chappaqua, New York

I had an amazing time on this trip. I’ve made friends that I know will last a long time. The activities were amazing. Our Program Director Charlotte was incredible. Always had a positive attitude, and was extremely organized. I love her so, so much.
Aidan Solway, Toronto, Ontario

My Trip Leader Carolyn was AMAZING. She was such a nice and friendly person, and was super easy to talk to. WCC was good at making everyone feel comfortable with all of the people, and making sure everyone knew each other.
Brayden Klein, Westport, Connecticut

Our Trip Director Sally is amazing in every way! I honestly look up to her and I am so beyond happy that I had her as my Trip Director. She’s the sweetest person on the planet and made sure that our group had everything we needed and were on time and ready to go morning and night! She’s phenomenal at what she does and I could not have imagined my summer without her! Not only did this trip change my life, I could easily tell that it changes others! I made lifelong friends and went on adventures to the most beautiful places and met the most incredible people while doing it! Thank you for the most amazing 25 days!
Leni Steinhardt, Parkland, Florida

I loved it! It was so much fun and the people and staff were amazing. Our Trip Director Lindsey is
AMAZING! Always spreading positive vibes in the group and taking care of each and every one of us. My favorite part of the program was the part in Chiang Mai with the kids and the elephants. I also liked the night market and the temples. I learned about Thai culture and tasted different kinds of food. I met amazing people that I will never forget.
Andrea Ghattas, Metn, Lebanon

Emily had the best time and would love to do the trip again (and again and again and again!). This trip was the perfect balance of fun and exploring the beauty of Hawaii, while making positive community contributions. Her Trip Director Rob was the “BEST EVER” and “like a Dad” who took great care of his group. He was totally invested in making sure everyone in the group was having a great time and doing what they wanted to do, getting all the photo ops they wanted, etc. They felt totally comfortable and safe with him. A+++++ Thanks so much for the awesome adventure!
Katherine Nordberg Furr, Chappaqua, New York

There is no better way to learn about yourself and others than a service trip like Thailand. Our Director Chris is such an amazing person. I really felt like I was in good hands with him and always knew that he would help me in the best way possible. I had the most amazing time and highly recommend this program to anyone!
Carly Shapiro, Highland Park, Illinois

I love my leader Sol. The trip experience certainly would not have been the same without her. She is easy to talk to and we bonded almost immediately. She treats us like we are young adults and respects us and our opinions. She managed to become my friend while still being an authority figure that I have great respect for.
Thalia Feeney, Syosset, New York

I had the best staff ever and I made a lot of friends.
Zeno Santarelli, Rome, Italy

Cortney was easily one of my favorite Trip Directors I’ve ever had. She always made sure everyone — including the other staff — was before herself. Cortney always had jokes to tell and made sure every kid was always cared for and that she had a relationship with everyone. I’m going to miss Cortney so much. She always took our feedback into consideration and allowed us to have a lot of freedom but also always made sure we were safe. This is my second summer with Eliel as a staff, and I couldn’t have been happier when I saw him at the airport. I had Eliel on the California Sprint and had an awesome relationship with him then, and had an even better relationship this summer. Eliel is smart, always knows what’s going on, and is always cracking jokes. Taylor was not only my staff but one of my best friends on the trip. Taylor was always down to have fun, made sure we knew we can be ourselves without any judgment, and presented herself in a way that she was not only trustworthy and mature, but gave awesome advice when we needed help — no matter the issue. Taylor made me love Westcoast even more than I already do and really made me want to be a Westcoast counselor in the future.
Alexa Finuoli, Melville, New York

The staff members are amazing, and very flexible with the students’ needs and wants.
Paloma Romero-Salas, Muntinlupa, Philippines

You see places on this trip that you can only dream of. Our leader Heaps was responsive to all of our needs and requests and was an all-around amazing trip leader. Heaps helped my trip be more and more enjoyable every day and I couldn’t thank him enough for that. Every trip deserves a Heaps.
Alex Golub, Roslyn, New York

I had the trip of a lifetime. My Trip Director Kim, and my Trip Leaders Lauren, Jess, Jon, and Ryan worked together seamlessly. The friends I made will last a lifetime, and the sights I saw of Europe will be remembered forever.
Kate Adler, Villanova, Pennsylvania

This was an amazing program. My Program Leader Vince was the best staff I’ve ever had, and he helped make the program amazing. The friends that I made have changed my life. I have already made plans to see them. Thanks so much for an amazing experience.
Jared Simon, Ramsey, New Jersey

WCC never let us feel alone or homesick, and they took care of all of us so well. I met with so many good people. Thank you for my Program Director and all the leaders. They were amazing.
Bengisu Guripek, Istanbul, Turkey

The staff at Westcoast is priceless. They are some of the best leaders I have had throughout my summers, and they really understand all of us.
Madison Panzer, Chappaqua, New York

Jordyn had the best time! She loved all of the fun activities especially in Portugal and loved Barcelona. It was a nice mix of beach towns and museums. Jordyn LOVED Shelly, the Trip Director. She thought she was amazing and really cared for the teens. She thought she was great at assessing their needs. She thought the whole itinerary was super organized and a really well-run program.
Heidi & Michael Axelrod, Short Hills, New Jersey

Jen was an excellent Director. She helped all of us and vouched for us so many times. She was also very relatable, very kind and considerate.
Robert Goldberger, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

The staff truly cared and connected with the campers. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking to do good and have a good time.
Max Delahunta, Tenafly, New Jersey

I was so lucky to have Kurt as our Director. He is amazing and one of the best people I have ever met. If I could rate him as a Director, I would give him a 20 out of 10!
Alex Prusky, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

The staff on Westcoast is amazing! They know when to be serious but also can joke around with you and have a good time! I felt very comfortable with all the staff on my trip even though I’ve known them for a short amount of time! The staff on my trip had a huge influence on making my summer amazing!
Cara Flyer, Short Hills, New Jersey

Thank you so much for giving Shea an experience of a lifetime on his trip to Italy and Greece. Though he enjoyed the trip immensely, it was his Director Boh’s influence upon him that he talks about the most. For me, the gifts he gave him – guidance, friendship, encouragement, inspiration… are far more significant and impactful than anything else he could have experienced. Thank you for influencing Shea in such a positive way.
Sandy Gordon, Armonk, New York

This was our fourth trip with Westcoast Connection and it exceeded expectations again. Well-planned itinerary, great communication, what an adventure! What Sam talked about most was the staff! In practically every communication with Sam throughout the program, Sam told us how much he liked, respected, and appreciated all of the staff. I was impressed with the idea that not only did Sam think they were “fun” and “cool”, but it sounded like he engaged in meaningful conversation with them. It’s wonderful to have “fun” counselors and more important, ones that go to great lengths to insure safety and care of their “campers”, but to have ones that serve as role models/mentors/older siblings throughout the summer is a beautiful bonus. Thank you for another incredible trip!
Mindy & Mitchell Blum, Aventura, Florida

Sydney met good friends, saw amazing places, was very well cared for and learned new life skills from the counselors. This staff was exceptional. Here’s a quick list: outstanding communication, very accommodating, and made sure she was safe. Great summer Westcoast Connection! You get what you pay for. Thank you!
Mandy Rice, Beverly Hills, Michigan

I LOVE WESTCOAST!!!!! BEST EXPERIENCE EVER. So many incredible friendships and explorations. Ty the Trip Leader was the best!!! I had so much fun getting to know him. He is so funny caring and helpful! Everyone on the trip had a great time with him. NICOLE IS AWESOME! She was so on top of everything, responsible and warm. She is an amazing TD! I love Delany!! She is so upbeat, optimistic and kind. I don’t know what we would have done without her energy on the trip!
Maddy Brooks, New York, New York

Ashley absolutely LOVED the program!! She thinks the world of Noah, the group leader. She thinks he is hilariously funny and very inclusive, and he made her feel very safe while traveling. We could not ask for more and have the highest level of confidence in him and the Program Directors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Deborah & Aaron Danzig, Atlanta, Georgia

My staff was amazing, and I felt a personal connection to each one. They gave me a “WOW” summer. This summer has really been amazing.
Jordan Rice, Chicago, Illinois

The Director Nick was amazing and made the trip that much better for Ethan. Ethan loved the sights and the whole experience of Spain, but he truly enjoyed meeting new friends and interacting with the group. We credit both his staff Nick and Alex with allowing the kids the freedom to be themselves in a safe, inclusive environment. Thanks for a great trip.
Dara & Daniel Jeck, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

The staff are really experienced and made extraordinary efforts to make connections with all of the kids and bring out the best in each person and activity. Our Director Kim is one of the nicest and most caring people I know. She always made sure everyone was happy and taken care of. She always made me laugh and put a smile on my face. All summer she trained me to be a future staff and has made me so excited to hopefully be a part of the Westcoast family once again in the future. Jon was such a caring and compassionate trip leader. He always made people laugh and help everyone make the trip the best it could be. Jon and I bonded in ways that made me smile and I’m so glad he was one of my leaders. Ty was really cool and made the trip so fun. He always had a smile on his face and cared about you. I’m so glad he was a part of this trip. Cortney was so much fun to be around and made my days on the trip so enjoyable. Being in her staff group made us closer and I’m so thankful to have her as a one of my trip leaders.
Elizabeth Eaton, Parkland, Florida

I had an amazing time and the staff changed my perspective on the world. They were some of the best people I’ve had the privilege to meet. They go out of their way to make sure we’re safe and happy. I’ll never forget them.
Jade Gray, Shanghai, China

This trip was an amazing experience for Harleigh. The chaperones were kind, compassionate, responsible and fun. This trip was well put together and it was clear a lot of thought and preparation went into it. This was the experience of a lifetime for her.
Vicki & Daniel Goodman, Glenview, Illinois

Aaron was an amazing leader and friend. He made a serious impact on the trip. He consistently went above and beyond and is the best leader I have experienced in a group organized trip. Jim is amazingly funny and great to hang around. He has a presence that makes you happy to be around him. Our Director Jesse did an excellent job relating to us. He worked long and hard to make this trip packed with fun and interesting things.
Brandon Miller, Town of Mont Royal, Quebec

The staff was always friendly and helpful. The counselors on the trip were amazing. They were relaxed yet kept the kids in line. They were funny and seemed to truly enjoy the experience alongside the teens. While Drew saw and LOVED many sights everywhere they visited – the entire experience exceeded expectations because he really loved and respected his staff! The tour itself takes the kids on an amazing adventure and Drew loved the friends he met.
Sandy & Elliot Liss, Potomac, Maryland

Good time – AMAZING leaders, not only great leaders but phenomenal people.
Julian Girod, Los Angeles, California

Derek is an amazing Trip Director that I could not give higher recommendations for. He handled situations perfectly and was also just a funny and fun guy to be around. Kristin is the definition of an amazing trip leader. She can make teens feel comfortable around her and is also extremely mature and responsible, and has the respect of everyone on the trip. She would make us laugh, and created personal relationships with each student. I felt like I could go to her with any problems, big or small, and she would treat them seriously. Westcoast Connection did a really good job of bonding the group of kids, and making us feel safe and happy. I got extremely close with the kids on the trip. I also felt extremely safe, and had a really good time. I had the best summer of my life, and made friends and memories that I will have forever. Thank you, Westcoast Connection, for giving me this amazing experience!
Emma Patz, Needham, Massachusetts

Eden was beyond impressed with the staff on her trip. She has repeatedly mentioned how experienced each one of them was and how they were all instrumental in integrating all the kids and making the trip the success that it was.
Ingrid & Laurence Zimmer, Hampstead, Quebec

Our Director Liz was amazing. She made me feel safe at all times, and was very easy to talk to. Our leaders were so kindhearted, fun and easy going.
Kyla Kijanka, Cape Coral, Florida

I had the absolute best time ever and loved the staff so much. I have never met a nicer group of people in my life. The staff is absolutely amazing. They make everything so much fun, and are so involved in all of our activities. Seriously they are fantastic and I will seriously miss them so much! I will always cherish the thrilling memories I made with them.
Abby Liff, Nashville, Tennessee

I’m quite pleased on how wonderful and inclusive the staff were. Whenever I needed assistance with anything, they immediately helped me and showed their utmost dedication to me and the rest of the trip members. Monica was an excellent Trip Director. Friendly, considerate, funny, and a wonderful human being.
Jake Kamin, Toronto, Ontario

Brilliant staff and people alike. Very welcoming and hard working. The summer of a lifetime!
Harry Gale, Milstead, England

Our staff Nick and Jess worked really well together and we can all tell they love working this program. They were so excited about all of the activities. Nick did a really great job keeping everything organized and working really well with everyone.
Rebecca Levenson, Palm Beach, Florida

My leaders were amazing, friendly and awesome. The staff made everyone feel amazingly close and super comfortable, like a family. I was always surrounded, happy or laughing.
Thea Riggio, Winnetka, Illinois

All my staff was super nice and considerate about our needs and safety. My Director, Nick was super funny, and made the trip as enjoyable as possible. My leader Brianna was very funny and motherly. My leader Leslie was really funny, fun, and makes connections and friendships as well as keeping us safe and making it all enjoyable. This was a fun trip with awesome activities. I’ve made lots of friends!
Rylee German, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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