Our 36th Summer Providing Outstanding Programs for Teens

Repeat Travelers Say It Best!

With so many exciting destinations to explore and different types of programs to experience, teens who have been with us before are often eager to do it all over again! Repeat travelers come back knowing they’ll get to try new things and make lifelong friendships. If you didn’t think you could top your first experience with us, think again!

Find out what repeat travelers had to say about their second, third, and fourth time with us:

I was nervous going on another trip because of how fun mine was last year but when I got there it was so different in a good way. Every day was amazing; this has been my favorite summer. I will never forget the memories I made on this trip and the places I saw. I will forever be friends with all the people I met and it’s crazy how tight the bonds are in such a short time period. This has truly been my favorite summer and I can’t believe how fast it went by.
Madelyn Bernstein, Warren, New Jersey

After doing the California and the Canyons trip last year, I thought there was no way I could have a better summer but with the help of my Westcoast family, this was 100% the summer of my life.
Jack Rubin, Westmount, Quebec

This has been an absolutely amazing summer. I could not be more grateful for Westcoast Connection. I was scared that my trip wasn’t going to be as good as last year’s but it was just as amazing. All of the activities were absolutely amazing. I gained an even larger sense for adventure and an even larger family. I know that the connections I have made here are going to last a life time.
Sophia Savitz, Greenwich, Connecticut

I went in to this trip after having a fantastic experience with Westcoast last summer and I was not expecting to be able to top it.  However, the staff was just as amazing as last years and I had an even better summer then I could have ever imagined.  Every trip member was amazing and I consider so many of them to be some of my best friends even though I just met them all last month. The trip has taught me so much and I would recommend it to anyone who loves service, adventure and getting out of their comfort zone!
Samantha Rosen, Solon , Ohio

You guys did it again! Fourth time’s a charm. WOW did Jared have a fantastic experience. He is on such a high but sad on the other hand that this is his last trip. Two baseball excursions, California and now Hawaii. I asked him which he liked the best and he said all of them. Too hard to choose because each so different and yet the common thread was great staff and a wonderful bonding experience with the kids. Allan and I can’t thank you and your team enough. The highest form of praise is that we keep coming back. Our daughter Sophie is already looking forward to her Westcoast Connection summers.
Hayley & Allan Goodman, Toronto, Ontario

Julia had a wonderful time on her trip to Hawaii. This was her second with you and each one has been life changing!! Sending Julia with WCC was the best decision that we made as parents. As a result of her experiences, the world has opened up to her.
Tina & John Weinstein, Cheshire, Connecticut

This is Rafaella’s second trip with Westcoast Connection and I am, once again, incredibly impressed with how fantastic these programs are run. From your behind-the-scenes team that organizes every last detail, to the enthusiasm that your staff bring to the group. Rafaella has continued to become a confident traveler with the skill-set to head out on adventures, near and far. She had great things to say about all the places she visited in Montreal, not to mention life-long friendships from teens from around the globe.
Meredith & Tony Perez, New York, New York

Another amazing summer for Evan! Well done WCC! From start to finish, Evan had a great experience. We seldom heard from him and when we did he was consistently exuberant about everything he experienced. The community service was fulfilling, the kids worked well together and there were enough outside activities planned that they never tired. Accommodations were clean and comfortable. Instructors were friendly, humorous and level headed. Pictures posted online were exceptional. Great friends were made and many stories to tell. Kudos for a first-class job in every aspect of the trip.
Debbie & Alex Teperman, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

For the past three summers I have done Westcoast Connection trips. The friends I met on these programs are quality friends and ones that will last me a lifetime. The staff is hands on, and cares for their campers like their own. The locations we visit are fantastic and give me the chance to visit new places with my friends. I have truly come to the realization that it is important to go and explore the world around us and take in everything this place has to offer. I truly feel that WCC has given me opportunities to meet all my dreams. Each and every year I come back to Westcoast hesitant that my new program will not be able to top last year’s. However, I’m always wrong. Westcoast Connection has given me experiences of a lifetime. And I’m so excited for what next summer has in store.
Brooke Leon, Fort Lee, New Jersey

I have been with Westcoast Connection for four years and it has made my years so amazing. I can’t imagine what my life and my summers would be like otherwise. Thanks for all the amazing memories Westcoast!
Vanessa Wong, Shanghai, China

This is Amanda’s third summer with Westcoast Connection. She has had three different, incredible experiences!! I’m recommending WCC to everyone!! Thank you all so much!!!!
Carrie & Stuart Behrens, Dix Hills, New York

This was Jordan’s second trip on Westcoast Connection. He wasn’t sure how it would measure up since he loved his last trip. And once again, Jordan had an amazing experience. He loved New Zealand & Australia. The itinerary was great. He loved all the adventurous activities they had planned. He really enjoyed the friends he made and the trip leaders were fantastic. He has wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for another terrific summer.
Kim & Steve Schoenburg, Encino, California

Noa had the most amazing experience. If possible, this trip surpassed her two previous summers with Westcoast Connection on the Northwestern Odyssey and Backpack Italy, France and Switzerland. The kids were friendly and fun to be with. They came together as a group quickly and easily and the tears at the airport were proof of a wonderful holiday. The on-site staff was superior and the trip locations were enjoyable. She absolutely loved, loved Croatia and Lake Bled. Thank you so much to all who made this such a wonderful trip.
Hilary & James Garfein, Rye Brook, New York

I had a blast on my Pre-College Enrichment program because I spent it with some of the best people. I walked in as a solo and came out with some incredible friends. This was my second year with Westcoast Connection and it keeps getting better.
Carly Shoneman, Yardley, Pennsylvania

This is my third trip and there is a reason I keep coming back. We run into other trips and they always describe their trips as ‘awesome but…’ Westcoast trips never have the ‘but’, everything is amazing.
Matthew Traum, Chappaqua, New York

This was Ben’s third trip with Westcoast Connection – we highly recommend it.
Barbara & Richard Greenspan, Westport, Connecticut

Another great experience. This is our fifth straight year and every year has been fantastic! Our kids have also gone on five different trips and they have each been fantastic.
Sherri & Andrew Cohen, Reisterstown, Maryland

This was Macie’s third summer with Westcoast Connection. This was the experience of a lifetime for her. She made so many new friends whom she has kept in touch with. Each country that was visited was more magical than the last. Slovenia was her favorite country!! This trip sealed in her love for travel. She loved her Director. She was in awe of his life experiences and the zest he had for life and travel. 100% without reservation I recommend this trip. I would love to take it myself.
Jacqui & Scott Wasserberger, Scarsdale, New York

Alex had a fantastic time. Best of the three trips he’s done with Westcoast Connection. He says it’s all about the people and this was the best group yet. He loves your trips! Always makes lasting friendships. Thanks again!
Leslie Jacobson, Boca Raton, Florida

This was my third Westcoast Connection trip and each time they surpass my expectations with unforgettable experiences. I have made lifelong friends, been to the most beautiful and extravagant places in the world, and have become more cultured.
Noah Blum, Aventura, Florida

This was my fourth Westcoast Connection trip and it was the best ever!
Daniel Barnett, West Harrison, New York

Wonderful trip. The itinerary was fantastic! Brynn made new, meaningful friendships and bonded deeper with her friends from her last trip. Staff were involved and dedicated to the kids, which made them very approachable. Brynn grew so much from this experience. She LOVED the volunteering aspect, being able to give back and to use her Spanish. INCREDIBLE trip! A must do!!! Thank you to everyone at Westcoast Connection!!! Another amazing trip!
Karen Gwartzman, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Thank you, Westcoast Connection and your incredible staff for another amazing summer for Max! Each trip he has taken has been unique unto itself… Major League Madness baseball, Northwestern Odyssey, Ecuador & the Galapagos community service and now Spain Language. He has grown and taken away so much from each trip. His trip this year has given him more independence, exposed him to world culture, especially the arts, expanded his culinary appetite and of course improved his Spanish. Each trip he takes, he makes more lifelong friends and treasured memories.
Debbie Prince, North Caldwell, New Jersey

The best people go on these amazing Westcoast Connection trips. All the staff is fabulous and the trips are so great. I absolutely love it. As a returning Westcoast Connection trip member, I had high expectations that were exceeded on my second trip. All the activities were great and I really loved the bonding time at the campgrounds. The people you meet are my favorite part of the trip. The places we saw were amazing and the friends are for life. I can’t wait for another trip next summer! I absolutely love it!
Rosie Feinbloom, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

I’ve been on three trips with Westcoast Connection and each one keeps getting better! It is such a rewarding experience and you get to spend the trip with amazing friends. Everyone is so friendly, including the staff, they are so fun to be around.
Samantha Davilman, Larchmont, New York

Jake has had an amazing time on all three of his trips. He has made some lifelong friends. He really had a wonderful summer and thought his Director Sara was amazing.
Edan Segal, Riverdale, New York

From the very first phone call inquiring about the trip to the pick up on the final day, the experience has been wonderful. The office provided great support and communication prior to the trip and offered flexibility in arrangements when needed. The Trip Director and supporting staff were friendly, kind, provided excellent leadership to the group and showed Zachary an exceptional summer in which a lifetime of memories were made! And now, for the second year in a row, you have provided an amazing travel experience for Zachary. He had a wonderful time and is already talking about a third trip for next summer. Thank you!!
Alyson & Alan Charnas, Orange Village, Ohio

Last summer, on the Backpack France, Switzerland, Italy trip I enjoyed great new experiences that I will always cherish and made new friends I hope to keep for years to come. I loved waking up early to buy fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and focaccia! This year I chose Backpack Australia and New Zealand and would return in a heartbeat. New Zealand is the most beautiful country I have ever seen.
Jason Christal, Rye Brook, New York

Similar to last year, the experience was amazing for David. I’m looking forward to offering a similar experience to my daughter!
Joy Saiontz, Owing Mills, Maryland

THANK YOU! Haley is crying to me that I just “do not understand what a great time she had! I just do not understand that this was the best time of her life! I just don’t understand how she wants to be with her friends! I just don’t understand that there will never be a trip like this again!!”  Well this year was another fantastic summer!! Haley had the best time and made fabulous friends and LOVED Marissa her guide!! Last year she said that she had the most amazing summer and it could not be repeated, but it was. A totally different experience but just the same feelings! An overall perfect summer, she did not want to leave! Life long memories and friendships were made! Thank you again for a fabulous trip.
Lisa Meltzer, Parkland, Florida

My trip to Europe was a lot of fun. After doing the Californian Extravaganza last year, I didn’t think this summer could be any better, but this trip was fantastic!
Jonathan Conte, Armonk, New York

Having been on a Westcoast Connection trip last year, I already had an idea of what my experience would look like, and this trip never failed to meet my expectations. From the tours to the activities to the people, everything was great. I am so very upset to be leaving everyone. Thank you, Westcoast Connection for another amazing summer I’ll never forget.
Morgan Recker, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Fantastic! This was Lexi’s second summer touring with Westcoast Connection, first in Costa Rica then on the California & the Canyons… and she will absolutely be back next summer. She has made amazing friends on both adventures, and her Director JP was outstanding. Thank you so much for everything.
Dayna & Jason Clawans, Short Hills, New Jersey

After traveling with Westcoast Connection multiple times, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the company or the trips I’ve done. Besides the amazing culture and places you get to see, after a few days together you’ve already met amazing friends who you know you’ll keep in touch with. I still talk to some people from my first trip four years ago! After four summers, I can’t even picture how next summer will be because nothing even compares to the amazing memories and friendships I’ve made on my programs.
Lexi Ferber, Woodbury, New York

This was my second summer with Westcoast Connection and I have to say it just gets better and better!
Joshua Hsu, Taipei, Taiwan

This was the fourth Westcoast Connection trip between our three daughters and each has been just terrific. The girls have had so much nonstop fun and (equally important) we have always felt that Westcoast has always kept them safe and sound. As with every year… all of our questions were answered promptly and with a smile. Your company’s organization and delivery of important trip material was timely and complete. Your office staff and leaders are the best!!! It has as always been the perfect balance of safety and organization for us and outstanding and fun and friendship for them… for that, we thank you!
Claudia & Sam Fenner, Dix Hills, New York

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