Explore other cultures from around the world, or try something new here in North America. Our thorough planning and fun-loving leaders help make foreign countries feel a little less foreign, and can shift your perspective of the U.S. by exploring deserts, canyons, volcanoes and more. All you need to do is bring your curiosity, positive attitude and sense of adventure! Age-compatible groups for teens completing grades 7-12.
New Zealand and Australia. Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos. Hawaii. Iceland and Greece. And that’s not even all of them. Travel to extraordinary places around the world that will have you hooked from the start.
Stay in comfortable hotels and lodges close to all the action and sights! And get around on most programs using private motor coaches, passenger vans and occasional public transportation like trains, ferries, metros and local buses.
Peaks of Adrenaline
Sandboard down a towering dune in Peru. Whitewater raft a 22-foot waterfall in New Zealand. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in Italy. Surf the waves in Maui. These adventures will take you to great heights.
“I went into the trip alone, not knowing anyone and I was scared that I wouldn’t make friends. At the airport, the counselors brought all of the girls together and we all instantly clicked and now I love everyone and made many new friends.”
Hudson Greenfader, New York, New York
“The trip is certainly once in a lifetime. The people I met, the sights I witnessed and the overall experience were absolutely remarkable. I met many new people and explored tons of new places. I couldn’t be any happier.”
Julian Candido, Westmount, Quebec
“This was the most amazing trip I have ever been on. I loved everything and wish it would never end. The counselors were incredible and I considered them my parents. They were my role models and confidence boosters. I wouldn't trade this trip for the ENTIRE world.”
Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?
Our staff are educators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university students, former camp counselors, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and other leaders with diverse backgrounds. Many are former participants themselves who couldn’t get enough of the Westcoast experience! Learn more about our summer leaders.
What if I need to contact my teen during the program?
Participants may bring their cell phones so parents may call and message their kids directly. You may also contact our Communication Centers which serve as the official link between programs on the road and parents. We are staffed every day during the summer and have somebody on call for after hours emergencies ready to assist you 24/7.
What is the difference between an Active Teen Tour and a Global Adventure program?
Our Active Teen Tours offer larger group sizes (generally 35-48 participants) and travel in deluxe motor coaches. Accommodations include quality hotels and fun college residences.
Global Adventures are smaller group experiences (generally up to 26 participants). Groups travel by private motor coaches and occasional public transportation internationally, and use passenger vans in the USA. While these programs have a slightly bigger focus on adventure travel, we stay in quality hotels and lodges, always ensuring a good night’s rest.